by Krystal Wade
Published July 4th 2012 by Curiosity Quills Press
“Hello, Katriona.” Those two words spark fear in Katriona Wilde and give way to an unlikely partnership with Perth, the man she’s been traded to marry for a favor. Saving her true love and protector Arland, her family, and their soldiers keeps her motivated, but the at-odds duo soon realizes trust is something that comes and goes with each breath of Encardia’s rotting, stagnant air. The moment when concern for her missing sister spirals out of control, all thoughts of trust are pushed aside and she finds herself trapped by the daemon tricks Perth warned her of. However, rescuing those she loves is only half the problem. Kate still must get to Willow Falls, unite her clashing people, and form an army prepared to fight in order to defeat Darkness. When so many she’s grown fond of die along the journey, her ability to play by the gods’ rules is tested. How will she make allies when the world appears stacked against her? And will she still be Katriona Wilde, the girl with fire?
I loved this second installment of the Darkness Falls series. It was action packed and you learned a lot more about the characters and what their destiny is. Perth actually ended up being rather likable, though not quite as likable as Arland. Kate grew as a character and I loved seeing her magic grow stronger.
What can I say; Kate is a likable character, strong, fierce, and intelligent. She also has a soft side, especially when it comes to her sister and animals. Kate has to grown up quite a bit in this book, as she deals with many different conflicts as she attempts to figure out how to unite her people, form an army of her own, and also keep the peace between two races that are only loosely joined together, all while fulfilling her destiny, first of which involves her connecting and being with Arland, the one person she is both destined to be with, but also poses the biggest threat to the fragile peace between the races. Throughout most of the book she is trying to find a balance that both keeps the peace, but also allows her to continue her relationship with Arland.
OK, for those of you who might want to know, finally, there is a wonderfully awesome sex scene, one that I wholly approve of, but if I told you why, I’d be giving away an awesome part of the story, and I want you to experience it like I got to, so I won’t spoil it for you in this review.
Because of this sex scene, I would recommend this book more for adults, though it is not a super graphic scene. I highly recommend this book, but only after you have read the first one in the series or this one may not make sense. This was one of my top 10 books I have read recently, very good plot and character development. There are characters to love and characters to hate which makes for a great story with lots of suspense; the romance in this one is just an added bonus.
I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.