Everything Conatus stands for is at risk. Hoping to gather enough resistance to save their order, Ember and Barrow attempt a desperate escape. But fate offers little mercy. When their mission is exposed, the couple face relentless pursuit by the supernatural horrors that act on the commands of Eira’s ally: the mysterious Bosque Mar. A shocking revelation forces Ember out of hiding, sending her back into the heart of dark magic at Tearmunn keep, where she must convince her old friend Alistair of her love or face dire consequences. Ember’s deception offers the only chance for the resistance to succeed, but what she discovers in the shadows beneath the keep will shatter her world and bring about the Witches’ War.
This book was dark, and doomed. After all, we know that this is the precursor to the Nightshade series, which Bosque Mar is in, so obviously they failed. So yeah. But they did score some victories, mostly that the ending of Bloodrose could happen.
Picking up shortly where Rift ended, while this book has action in it, it also has some world building, building it into the start of the world that we grew to know in the Nightshade series-and I keep mentioning that series because this is the Nightshade Prequel series-and yeah, it's not the best of worlds!
I really enjoyed Ember and Barrow together, and how he's healing, and then their journey to some place safe, only to turn right around, and go back to the place they were fleeing, to try and win the battle before it really even started. Of course, like I said, they were pretty much doomed from the start.
In between that, was Alistair's experiences with wolves. Which we know how that's going to end, and that Ember's sister was added to the mix, and her pregnancy...yeah. Oh, and Alistair also takes a finger or 2 from Ember!
This was a good book, if bittersweet, and I'm going to have to reread all these books for the 4th Nightshade book!
Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade Prequel #2
Read: December 26th, 2013
Reason Why: Loved Rift, and it's a Sequel Challenge 2013 Book and a Historical Fiction 2013 Book!
Published: January 8th 2013