Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publication Date: 1st January 2013
Format: PaperbackSource: Review Copy from Publisher
As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.
Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.
War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible ... again (Goodreads Synopsis)
Having enjoyed book one in this series, I was keen to see what the future had in store for Avry and Kerrick. As with many second books, this one sees the lovers torn apart and we follow their stories separately. I liked the way this was accomplished with the main thrust of each chapter being Avry's tale while Kerrick followed with a few pages of his own.
There continued to be some good character development - much more than in some second books - and the plot remained gripping and fast-paced. Several times, my husband commented that it must be a good book as I would always insist on reading a few more pages before lights out.
Naturally, the cliff-hanger ending left me screaming in frustration, but that's the way these things often go. I now need to wait patiently for the third book, which I hope won't be too far away as this continues to be an excellent series and a riveting tale.
My thanks to Harlequin Australia for the review copy.