The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😳🤬😏🤓🥰
The heroine: Penellaphe (a.k.a. Poppy) – the chosen one,”The Maiden” of the Soulless Kingdom. She has been betrayed by Hawke, taken and has found out things about both herself and the people she has lived with her entire life that shake her world to the core.
The Hero: Casteel Da’Neer (a.k.a. Hawke, a.k.a. The Dark One) – He is the prince of the Atlantian people. The second son who wants to get his brother back, the brother who is heir to the Atlantian throne and is being held by the Queen of the Soulless.
The Story: Poppy now believes that the Queen of the Soulless and the ascended knew what she was and were planning to use her and many of them were evil. However, she hasn’t seen her brother Ian since he ascended and she loves her brother. She has memories of him as a gentle soul and has trouble believing that he has changed since he ascended.
She wants nothing more than to return to the capital city to find Ian and see what he now is, she knows that she might have to end his life if he has become like many of the ascended who feed on and kill children. However, she would not rest until she knew for sure. So she might have to go along with Hawke’s plans in order to get to Ian.
The story in this book moved faster than in the first book, which makes sense since book one in a fantasy series always has to have a lot of backstory and set-up so the reader knows everything that is going on. However, I did like this one even more. The narration again was great, I really enjoy Stina Nielsen’s voice and she does a great job doing different voices. She does great European accents for Hawke and his Wolven friend Kieren, and Alistair.
I loved the battles and the fact that Poppy is a strong warrior in her own right and always has a knife at the ready to defend herself or attack if necessary. Also that Hawke is fierce and that his alias “The Dark One”, they are perfect for each other. The banter between Hawke, Poppy and Kieren was terrific. I loved all the characters.
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