My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After learning the truth about her bloodlines, Kyra can’t help but feel like a monster.
Though she’s formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra’s not sure she can trust him. And with James’s fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself.
As tensions rise within Forge’s Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly?
Kyra now knows her heritage and with the city wary of any Demon Riders, she has to be extra careful not to be found out. But it’s hard to keep control when she doesn’t know how. And since she was banished from the clan, they aren’t exactly being helpful towards her. She still, however, feels the urge to go to them. As tensions mount in Forge, where the politics is leading to a war on the Demon Riders, she is struggling hard to prevent such a scenario. When she has to go on the run, she still has the best interests of the city at heart. She even comes to sympathize with James, and when she realizes he isn’t entirely the monster she thought he was, she realizes she has to make some hard decisions. Her character has been through a lot in this series, from being one person’s puppet to another’s prisoner, forever feeling one step lower than the others. Even her clanspeople don’t welcome her with open arms, and she is lonely but she doesn’t let that define her. She becomes a leader, a beacon of hope, prevents a war under a death threat, and literally saves the day.
Tristam and her were seeming impossible at the start of the book, with their statuses being unequal and him not really wanting to go against his family. They were definitely cute together, but the romance wasn’t really the focus, you know. Cause girl had bigger fish to fry! That was probably for the best, though there were still traces of the teen in her. And it was handled well, anyway, so no complaints on that matter. The writing was as good as the first one, and I loved the different storylines layered through the plot. I especially adored Flick and Adele – her bringing him a dead rabbit like a cat brings dead presents to it’s humans was precious!
Overall, great writing, good storyline, strong world-building, and good flow. 4.5 stars to this one!
Received a free galley from Disney-Hyperion via Netgalley; this does not affect my opinions or review.