Synopsis from Good Reads:
It’s time to choose sides… On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.
But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?
Warning – there were be spoilers from the first book and one spoiler from this book.
Now that the lines are drawn, Kami and the gang are focused on getting more sorcerers to join their side and trying to figure out how exactly to beat Rob. And now that the link has been broken, Jared has reverted back to his reckless, bad boy default and Kami can no longer read him, this boy she’s always known as well as herself. While there are some developments and sweet moments, just not a lot happened. I felt like this book kind of fell into the sophomore slump, where it’s mostly holding pace until the third book.
*SPOILER ALERT*Also, did I miss something somewhere? Jared and Kami cannot be linked again? I thought they could. Or is that only if he makes it through the suicidal ceremony in the Crying Pools? If that’s the case, then Kami linking with Ash makes more sense because at the time I was a little bewildered why she just let Jared go out and fight and then linked with Ash. And Ash didn’t really do much with the power surge. *END OF SPOILER*
Even though the ending made me a little angry, I wasn’t entirely expecting it, so that makes up for it a little bit. I hate to be able to call everything that happens. And it guarantees that I’ll be reading the next book (out sometime this year, but no release date that I’ve seen yet).
Pretty much every character is more developed in this book and I love it. In addition to Kami’s POV, we also get Holly and Ash. While I can’t say that getting their view has endeared either of them to me any more than before, I do feel like I understand them better. Ash reminds me a lot of Tobias in Allegiant – Spends most of the book feeling sorry for himself and desperately wanting the love of his parents, even though they’re horrible people. I also enjoyed the more we got to see of Kami’s dad, Lillian, and Rusty. I would’ve liked a little more Rob, though, just to see what the other side is up to.
Brennan’s style is still clever and witty, but I didn’t find it quite as good as the first book. I spent a long time being annoyed that we weren’t getting Jared’s POV, but after thinking about it, I think it was the smart move. Kami had always known how Jared was feeling, but now with the link gone she finds that she can’t read him. By not getting Jared’s POV, we are also like Kami, not always understanding his motivation or what he means. Though I will say, as I mentioned in my review of the first book, when it comes to Jared’s feelings for Kami I think it’s pretty obvious that he’s saying one thing and meaning another. And I was pleased that we do get some of Jared’s POV towards the end of the book.
While I didn’t love this book as much as the first, I still really enjoyed it. The writing style is still unique and while I felt the plot dragged a little, the character development really helped make up for it. This is a series I would still recommend and will be anxiously waiting for the next installment.
Rating (out of 5):
Overall Average: 3.75 stars