After tackling her first mission and coming to terms with her power of empathy, Andrei and her fellow Remnants discover their first battles were only a taste of what is to come. As the Sons of Sheol continue their assault on the world, planning to keep all hope dead, the Remnant finds itself battling within its ranks. With everyone pursuing what they feel is the best course of action, trouble mounts—and Andrei finds herself in terrible danger at the hands of Kellach. The Remnants must travel to Italy and find a way to fight as one before it is too late.
I think I liked this book marginally better than the first – there is much more development going on, world-wise and character-wise. Dri and her fellow Ailith set out to rescue Kapriel, and in the process Dri becomes Keallach’s captive, not once, but twice. She thinks it’s her path to bring him back to the Way, despite the others’ mistrust in him. She tries to reason with him, tries to see the good in him. Meanwhile, the others are spreading the word of the Way and trying to recruit people to the cause and to overthrow Pacifia.
While the story was definitely better this time, it gets bogged down by all the preachy-ness. My complaint with the first book was how their Way, their religion depended on blind faith and it just gets worse during this book. There is a lot of religious undertones in this series, which I honestly don’t care for. Even as a plain dystopia, with the Union trying to overthrow the Pacifia, and the order of the Remnants – it is a great story. But unnecessary paragraphs wasted on all that – this is the light, this is the Way, and I was skimming through most of the pages. Otherwise, it was a good sequel.