It’s a complicated world!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😕🤬🤯😎
The Hero: Akos Kereseth – he and his older brother Eijah were taken from their home in Thuvhe as children to serve the royal family of Shotet. The leader, Ryzek wanted to change his fate so he took Eijah (an oracle) to help try to lead him to a different fate.
The heroine(s): Cyra Noavek – she is from the ruling family of Shotet, used by her brother Ryzek for her currentgift and when she stood up for herself against him, she was tortured in the worst possible way.
The Story: This book takes up right where Carve the Mark finishes and goes in some different directions than expected. The first book was mainly the story of Cyra and Akos, this one adds a lot of characters and gets much more political than the first.
I nearly didn’t listen to this book, because the first book sort of ended in a good stopping place. However I really liked Austin Butler’s voice as Akos and when I saw that this book has 4 narrators, I couldn’t resist. Austin’s voice is deep and he speaks with a slow tempo which fits Akos perfectly. The other narrators, Emily Rankin, Erin Spencer and Macleod Andrews did a great job as well and I enjoyed the narration more than the story.
Akos and Eijah get back together with what is left of their family. However, Akos feels like he failed to save Eijah and holds a lot of weight on his shoulders. Eijah is an odd one, since Ryzek is dead and his currentgift was to trade memories with other people and he did it often with Eijah in the hopes he could take in Eijah’s currentgift as an oracle.
Though Ryzek was unable to steal Eijah’s gift, the memories he took from Eijah were happy memories of his childhood in Thuvhe and he gave Eijah his most horrible and bloody memories in exchange. Now Eijah has more than a bit of dissociative identity disorder which isn’t helped any by his visions.
Akos’s sister, Cisi was left behind in Thuvhe when their father was killed and the boys were stolen away. She had to clean up the mess left by the soldiers, deal with her father’s body and support her mother who was a mess despite the fact that she was an oracle who knew enough to stay away when the soldiers came but didn’t warn her family because she is supposed to do what is right for the greater good.
There was also a new Chancellor who recently came into power and Cyra’s father returns from the dead, or wherever Ryzek had put him and declared war on the Thuvhe people. The story got better at this point, though the war puts Cyra and Akos on opposite sides even with both of them knowing that they had to remove her father from power since he was the brutal tyrant that created Ryzek, so was much worse for the Shotet people.
Overall, this was more about the adventure than the romance but I thought it was a good adventure and the world building was great. I got a bit confused sometimes about the names of the characters and who was who at times but I did enjoy the story and the narration.
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