Eliyana Ember doesn’t believe in true love. Not anymore. After defeating her grandfather and saving the Second Reflection, El only trusts what’s right in front of her. The tangible. The real. Not some unexplained Kiss of Infinity she once shared with the ghost of a boy she’s trying to forget. She has more important things to worry about—like becoming queen of the Second Reflection, a role she is so not prepared to fill.
Now that the Verity is intertwined with her soul and Joshua’s finally by her side, El is ready to learn more about her mysterious birth land, the land she now rules. So why does she feel like something—or someone—is missing?
When the thresholds begin to drain and the Callings, those powerful magical gifts, begin to fail, El wonders if her link to Ky Rhyen may have something to do with it. For light and darkness cannot coexist. She needs answers before the Callings disappear altogether. Can El find a way to sever her connection to Ky and save the Reflections—and keep herself from falling for him in the process?
It took me a while to get into the second book in Sara Ella’s series, but I’m glad I stuck with it.
The book opens at El’s coronation, but things quickly go bad. El’s doesn’t know what’s going on, but neither does the reader – the first 60+ pages are spent in character confusion, but it also translated to reader confusion. I would have liked to see more answers given more quickly (because it took so long for anyone to find any answers, I had a hard time getting into the story, so it took me a while to get through the first several chapters).
When El confronts her half-sister Ebony, the plot finally picks up, and then I had a hard time putting the book down. There were finally some answers and reactions. So don’t give up – push through the opening and you’ll find a story similar to the first book – engaging and exciting.
Two things to consider:
- Re-read the first book. I forgot a lot of the fantasy elements, so I felt lost (but that’s my own fault; I should have at least reviewed the first book to refresh my memory).
- The book blurb doesn’t do the story justice. While El’s relationship confusion inspires her to action, there is so much more going on in this story than just a love triangle/confusion. This isn’t just about her relationships – there’s so much more!
Overall I enjoyed the book (not as much as the first one, but I still liked it). I also let my 11-year-old niece read both of them and she’s completely hooked! She can’t wait for the final book (and neither can I).
*I received a free copy of this book. The opinions are my own.