I came to this book after recently finishing Iced. I was ready to keep pursuing story threads that were introduced in Iced. I liked where it was going and how all the characters were interacting. This one picked up some of those threads for which I was glad, but it was one of those ‘be careful what you wish for’ reads. Interesting things happened, but it will depend on perspective to decide if it made for a good installment to the series.
I found it a disappointment to a certain extent and it was very much a transition book. I’m just going to get it out of the way- Mac was a boring and annoying heroine. Any enjoyment I had was for everything and everyone else that was going on around her
See, that is the point- everything was going on around her. She was this static, stagnant piece that bogged down the story and kept the reader stuck in her head so much. It was Mac in a holding pattern- ‘Can’t do this, can’t do that, can’t, can’t, can’t…because, because, because’. The world is going to pieces. Literally. But we’re stuck with Mac worried because she has the evil book inside her, worried because she can’t use her spear, worried because creepy creatures are following her, worried because people can’t know that she knows xyz’.
The sharp, tight plot of the earlier books are not present in this one. Mac is a pale shadow of the dark, raw warrior woman of Shadowfever. Instead of engaging with Barrons, their presence as a couple is lacking and barely present.
The decision to swing the spotlight back on Mac and away from Dani was disappointing to me. But wow, that was an interesting choice to shock the readers when it comes to Dani. I’m going to reserve opinion on how I feel about that until I read the next book.
So the storyline…Mac confronts Dani planning to make her peace, but instead finds that she still isn’t ready to forgive the girl for her sister’s death. This drives Dani to rush through the Silver mirrors of the fae and become lost. Mac hides her part in making Dani disappear until she realizes that while Mac was off researching how to get the evil book out of her, Dani was saving the world and is now critical to lots of people who need her. Mac’s not the only game in town and now there are several others who can get the job done. Mac is forced to truly confront her feelings about her sister’s death and Dani’s role which was not what it seemed as the truth comes out. But Mac’s epiphany about Dani might have come too late.
In the meantime, an Unseelie Princess appears and has a disconcerting effect on Lor. The icing issue may be over, but it left black holes that are growing and ripping apart the world. Cruce’s effect on the abbey is growing stronger. There is a new and powerful group of Sidhe-Seers on the town and their leader, Jada, has an agenda that doesn’t bode well for several key players. Kat comes to Ryodan for help to become the gifted leader she is meant to be. Ryodan is finally surprised when he is confronted by the appearance of Jada. Mac has a suppressed memory appear that makes her doubt Barrons. Christian is in need of a rescue after his selfless act at the end of the last story.
This was book seven and really needs to be read in order or things will make very little sense.
This book was not an utter disaster for me, but there are several moments when I was disappointed. Mac and Barrons as a couple? Don’t look for it here. Mac as a fighter? Uh uh. Mac as a serious contender in helping to save the world? Again, look elsewhere. Mac is superfluous at best. There really was no point in the story that she was pivotal and yet she is there and she is the narrator. Okay, I guess the times when she opened her mouth and told the wrong people secrets that they shouldn’t know, or when she took a break from the world falling to pieces to do a bit of Puck-like relationship tweaking between Ryodan, Jo, and Lor, but really she was a distraction at best. And that tiff she gets into with Barrons was eyeroll worthy and her issue that now he isn’t trustworthy was drama llama stuff. I can only hope she either takes a more pro-active role in the next book or it goes back to being Dani as the heroine.
This book was a transition book and I can appreciate that it was bridging things and setting up for bigger stuff to come. Much of what was happening other than the rescue of Christian from the Crimson Hag was putting things in place for the future story arc. I’ve never been one to mind too much even if it ends up not being a favorite book in the series.
The highlights for me were definitely the ongoing reveals and new little intriguing secrets popping up. More is revealed about the Nine and the Unseelie King shares some pretty impressive reveals that went over Mac’s head, but not the reader’s. She really needs to pay more attention to his cryptic disclosures. The thing with Ryodan and Dani is still simmering. And I am still waiting for Dancer to play his part because I think it will be shocking. The highlanders make an appearance in this one and are in on the rescue efforts for Christian.
I had a teary-eyed moment near the end because there is a critical loss in this book.
And then there is that ending. She gets me each time with my mouth left open in surprise.
So, while, this one was one that left me wanting, I am still eager to press forward and see where events in this series take me. More edge of my seat danger and more Ryodan, please!
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