It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.
Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, can their love survive through the ever night?
The synopsis makes this seem much more swoony than it is. That is definitely an element, and it’s done very well, but there is so much going on in this book. It really moved beyond the first book to make up for the lack of world building, and utilizes those amazing character relationships and identities forged in the first book to focus on the issues of survival.
Watching Perry take on the leadership role of his tribe is really interesting. He has so many insecurities as well as an innate need to take care of people; it makes for some very stressful times for him and all the people around him. Admittedly, Perry was a bit annoying at times during this book, but those moments of emotional venerability are what make him so likable when he isn’t in throws of self-pity and doubt.
I also really enjoyed watching Aria navigate the world of the Tides, the tough decisions she makes while she is there show how logical she is. That difference between Perry’s emotionally driven decisions is what makes those two as a couple so convincing, they balance each other out and find such interesting ways to reach common goals. Also, I love the relationship between Aria and Roar. It’s so uncommon to find a purely platonic relationship between male and female characters in books, and theirs is such a deep connection that it could easily have been strewn into love triangle territory, but it never crosses that line, and it’s so well done and refreshing.
On top of even more character growth and development, we finally start getting more answers about the Aether, the Dewllers and Tribes, and the Still Blue. I felt like in the beginning of the book, there was some rushed explanations of what happened to create the Aether, which I though should have been included in the first book, but better late than never I guess. There were also some inconsistencies with the first book, but I thought they were necessary and worked out well with the story. Rossi’s writing was also had a noticeable improvement in this second installment, I didn’t find it as choppy as in the first book.
Basically, a great sequel to a first book that took some convincing for me in the start.