Author: Rhiannon Hart
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1st August 2012
Genre: Paranormal / YA
Source: Bought Copy
The rain wanted to be ocean; the ice in the mountain caps wanted freedom. I never knew that water held such longing. The clouds above my head rumbled like a growling wolf, impatient to release their burden. I held the rain there a moment longer. I turned to Renata, heard her gasp and knew my eyes glowed blue.
I spoke a single word. 'Rain.'
In the Second Book of Lharmell, Zeraphina and Rodden must travel across the sea to find the elusive ingredients that will help them to win the coming battle against the Lharmellin – but shadows from Rodden’s dark past may come back to haunt him. And while she learns to harness her new abilities, Zeraphina still fights the hunger that makes her crave the north – not to mention avoiding her mother, who wants to see her wayward daughter married to a prince at all costs. (Goodreads Synopsis)
I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of this second book in the Lharmell series, having loved the first book.
It was continually listed as unavailable on Book Depository, was absent from all the bookstores in town, but then I finally found it for a reasonable price on the Angus and Robertson website, so I ordered it straight away.
I enjoyed the way the story picked up straight away, but Hart included the odd snippet of information to remind us of what had happened before without launching into a long-winded recap. That worked really well and I appreciated the gentle reminders since it had been a fairly long time since I'd read book one.
Hart continues to develop both the plot and characters well in this book and I was so caught up in it all that I found it hard to put the book down between reads. The story really is captivating and Hart's world-building is excellent.
The only problem - the cliff-hanger ending. I want to know what happens next now! It is truly going to be a tough wait for book three to see how things will work out for Zeraphina and Rodden.