I was super excited when this book was released to the public! I had been counting down until I would have the chance to read the second book after The Bone Season’s ending. I tore through those 500 pages in 2 and a half days.
This second story is a continuation into the life of Paige Mahoney, her crew, the fugitives she helped escape from Sheol I, the enemies out for Paige’s head and of course the budding romance between Paige and Arcturus Mesarthim AKA Warden.
Back where she started, Paige has to fight to get her life back on track and figure out what it is she is going to do about the Rephaim out to get her and avoid being captured by Scion. During her stay in Sheol I, Paige learned things about herself and upon escaping with the aide of her Mime Lord, Paige realized just how blind she had been to how her Mime Lord treated her and the others. He lied and sugar coated and black mailed like any criminal to keep his protege right where he wanted her, trying to shut her down when she tried to speak up about the Rephaim and the control they had over the government. Running around trying to piece together how to break away from her boss, how to get word out about the Rephaim and then finding Arcturus, Paige has attempts made on her life and stumbled upon things that are even bigger than she could have ever imagined! Deceit and betrayal go far deeper than anybody could have realized.
When the Under Lord is killed and a battle to take the crown is called, Paige decides to take matters into her own hands, to go behind Jaxson’s (her Mime Lord) back and fight to become the next Under Queen and with the help of Warden and his band of rebel Rephaim he helps Paige to ready herself. This is where it got really interesting. At the end Samantha Shannon left us with another good cliffhanger. Somebody in her life (I won’t say who, you’ll just have to read and find out 😉 ) has a dark, dark secret that will certainly be surprising. It definitely had me looking up the 3rd story to see when it would be released.
Throughout all of this, I was reminded of Twilight’s Bella and Edward as far as the relationship with Warden and Paige goes. It’s one of those I want to be with you no matter the costs but they have to acknowledge she will eventually die while he will continue living being immortal and all. In the end, despite the odds, they pretty much decide to try and make it work, which I think is great and I can’t wait to see how it pans out.
Now, I will say this. I was a little disappointed because it didn’t seem to be edited as well as the first so there are quite a bit of grammatical errors throughout the whole story, and it was a little hard to over look. That’s as far as my disappointment goes though.
So this is the second story in a seven book installment and that makes me a little nervous based on past experiences with past series that were long. I think the only series that had so many books that I made it through was the wonderful Harry Potter Series. Every other series I usually give up on once they start to become predictable. Given the extent and amount of creativity that seems to go into these books, (based on the first two that are out), I don’t think that will be the case with this series, but I have my reservations. As it is I am excited to read the next book and will have to wait anxiously for a release date! 🙂
In conclusion, I highly recommend this book. It was great, fast paced and exciting. If you have read it or plan on reading it, I’d love to hear others thoughts on the story!
Happy Reading! 🙂