Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Publication Date: Novemebr 20, 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, gore, missing nobles, cliffhangers)
Synopsis: After fleeing Theda, all Tallis wants is to return to Selkirk. But the bounty on her—and her friends’—heads means she needs reinforcements before attempting to return. Following the advice of Seneschal Isabetta, Tallis, Tomas, Rosslyn, and Colben set sail for Arcadia.
Once there, they discover they won’t be able to achieve their goals without becoming members of Arcadian society—which means competing through battle, often to the death. But if the fighters don’t kill Tallis, the complex political machinations of the nobility might, for only they can give Tallis what she needs.
Not all their exploits on the road to achieving their goals are as simple as survival, however, especially as a missing child pulls them away from their tasks and duties. But when they encounter an elder elf searching for his son, Tallis is set on the irreversible path of seeking the facts regarding half-elves and their bloody history. She must delve into their shared history beyond the prophecy, and what those truths could mean for her and Tomas’s future.
Review: Again, another amazing book from C.E. Clayton! The adventures continue with Tallis and we’re in a new world. I loved the world building of this one and I felt that the mystery of Tallis is slowly unraveling. I liked that this book was a tad different than the previous one, we’re still left with a mystery at the end. This gives the book time to flesh out everything that’s happening and it’s A LOT. I also loved that the author included a LGBT relationship. The writing was as great as the other books and I can’t wait for the next one.
However, I do feel that this book is slower paced than the others and it unnerves me a bit to read it. I’m wondering if there’s a huge reveal that will happen in book 5 and I’m interested in seeing how this huge mystery comes to rest. But, just to be clear, it does end on a cliffhanger, so you might want to read this with book 5 if you’re not a fan of cliffhangers.
Verdict: Loved this book as always!