Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and her best friend, Bee, has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can focus on the important things in life: school, canoodling with David (her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie), and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.
Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or make her more powerful than ever.
As you all know, I have a thing for sequels. Well, this one didn’t let me down.
A lot of people thought it was more boring than the first, and I can see where they get that, there is certainly less action, but we get so much deeper inside the heads of all the characters! Harper and David and Ryan and Bee are all going through so much in this installment and it was really interesting watching them all cope with it in their own ways. Harper even starts to break down a bit!
I love Harper and David together, but those two are having such a hard time of it with everything else that is going on with them, it was so bittersweet. And I mean Ryan, that boy is getting around.
Anyway, I really enjoyed getting a bit closer to the Ephors in this one, the elusive “bad guys” from the first book that we never really met, and they still stayed pretty elusive in this one. I felt like this book was the whole crew just trying to cope with their new situations, and learn about their roles since none of them really benefitted from any mentors or education into these positions (I mean a little in the first book for David and Harper, but not a ton).
The ending was so heart breaking, and I have no idea where it will go from here since there was a fair amount of closer as well (That’s how the first book ended too though). There is one glaring thing that I want to be addressed in another book, so we’ll see (goodreads says there will be a 3rd, but . . .).