With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she’d been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can’t help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways—and her newfound friends and relatives don’t think it’s for the better….
Despite the turmoil, she’s eager to start her magic training—especially as she’s been given one year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes involved with a plot to reclaim Ixia’s throne for a lost prince—and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians.
If that wasn’t bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies….
Book Rating: 4 Stars
I love this series and it is one of my most re-read one but compared to the first book which I would give a 5 star rating this book gets a 4 Star. I still recommend that it is a interesting and compelling read. You have to read it to find out what happens to Valek and Yelena.
The book pretty much picks from from where the previous one finishes. If you haven’t read it as yet and do not want to spoil the story then stop reading this now! Yelena has defeated her enemies and due to the execution order on her head for being a magician is fleeing Ixia (leaving Valek) and travelling to Sita, with Irys (The master magician) and the other children that have been saved from Brazil’s and Morgkan’s “orphanage” to learn more about controlling her magic. Its is interesting to see Yelena trying to accept and be accepted back into her Zaltana family, a family virtually unknown to her. Yelena is now a grown up who’s faced the trials in Poison Study while when she was kidnapped she was just a child. You can see Yelena struggle with being from Ixia and missing her friends and Valek who for her are her family, and trying to adapt to Sita and become a part of her actual Zaltana family.
Even though Yelena is accepted by her family with open arms (with the exception of her brother) I feel that her family were expecting the child Yelena back but what they got was a strong women who knows her mind. I do love reading about her extended family and seeing Yelena progress and trying to learn to control her magic. Ofcourse this would not be a long novel if that was it, in true Yelena fashion she manages to again be targeted or more aptly become involved in hunting a bad magician. While also trying to stop a takeover threat to Ixia. Cahil the nephew of the king who was hid when the king was murdered is trying to reclaim Ixia and take the “throne” from the commander. It is nice to see Yelena grow and develop without Valek at her side. I do wish there was more Valek in this book though, again their is romance in this book but it takes a back seat to the main story of fantasy and magic. The lower rating of this books is because the Ferde storyline is not my favourite and sometimes I will admit the urge to slap Yelena so she accepts more help or goes along with someone else’s plan. I mean she won’t seem weak from accepting help, but hey ho. Barring that it is another good read.