Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia’s erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.
Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there’s Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.
I think it’s become pretty evident to you all that I am a fan of the sequel, and I know that makes me a little different. But what I always love in the second installments is the development!
After reading The Kiss of Deception I didn’t know if I would continue the series. I liked it, but I wasn’t overly thrilled about it. Lia and I did not get along for a lot of it and I really didn’t like all of the confusion with the boys. Anyway, those last 50 pages or so really redeamed it for me making me go for the second book, and I really like it!
Besides a bit in the very beginning, Lia is the strong, confident, self-trusting person we saw emerge on her trip to Venda in the first book. She knows where her heart lies, she knows who she cares about, and she knows who she doesn’t trust and why. I loved the surety of her thoughts in this book and how she used it to gain the trust of the people of Venda, as well as allowing herself to look beyond the “barbarism” that they are claimed to exhibit.
The Komizar was really interesting! I loved how it was never really clear until towards the end what his end-goal was. As well as the relationship between he and his people, once Lia got in there with her connection to Venda (the person) it was interesting to watch how the people reacted.
And finally! We found the connection between Lia’s father’s cabinet and all of the betrayals going on. Things make so much more sense now! I hate it when things drag on too long without answer so I really appreciated having the dots connected.
I can’t wait to see how Lia handles all she has discovered in the next book, especially since she has drawn clear lines between she and certain people now.
The only aspect about the book that I wasn’t a fan of were the random chapters from Pauline’s perspective, I really didn’t feel like they added anything really imperative and I really just don’t like her in general.