The Gods are ruthless and so are friends!
This was an amazing book. So much happened and I loved it all. Like Wicked Saints, nothing in this book was predictable. It was truly an adventure fantasy. The three main characters and their sidekicks started out in the capital city of Tranavia and ended up going on an Epic Journey to the far side of Kalyazin to change life as they know it by either ending the war or freeing the Gods from whatever made them stop talking to the cleric, Nadya.
This book was scintillating, thrilling, intriguing and heart wrenching. The world-building was amazing, the characters were multi-dimensional and well thought out. The romances were sweet and heartbreaking all at the same time. This is one of my all time favorites already. It has Blood Mage’s, Witches, Dark Magic, Kings, Queens, Gods and Monsters, what could be better?
It starts out with Malachiasz retreating to the salt mines, which is the domain of the vultures. We still aren’t aware of what exactly happened to him after the plan to kill the King of Tranavia didn’t go as expected. Nadya is at the castle with Serefin and is still pretending to belong at the Travanian court, though both her and Serefin know that it is a weak explanation and watch for his detractors to figure out she is from Kalyazin and come to execute her as a traitor. If that happens, it won’t be long after that they come for Serefin for harboring her.
The main detractor is Żaneta’s Father, Patryk Ruminski who wants her retuned and is threatening Serefin. So Serefin, Nadya, Ostyia, Kacper, Parijahan, and Rashid leave the palace to travel to the salt mines to try to talk Malachiasz into letting them bring Zaneta home to her father for the good of the country. The descriptions in the book on places like the salt mine are great. It makes it feel like you are there.
”It never got any lighter and so she was never able to see. The air tasted of iron, a metallic tinge clung to it. The darkness was unbearable. Things moved in the depths of the dark and she could not tell if the creatures that crouched in the corners of the labyrinthine passages and slunk in the doorways, with their rows and rows of teeth, that appeared vaguely human, were real, or if her brain was imagining them.”
I won’t give away any spoilers past the beginning of the book and what is in the blurb, but the rest of the book is just as awesome. Serefin is hearing a God in his head from what happened to him at the end of Wicked Saints, Nadya is stressed because the Gods of the pantheon aren’t talking to her and Malachiasz is struggling with his power and hunger for more. So much happens and there are plot twists and obstacles along the way all leading to a brilliant ending. Of course there will be a third book so it ends in a cliffhanger, but the book is so great I actually didn’t mind.