Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He’s readying for a war against those who would resist his rule—namely Elizabeth and the witches and wizards she now calls her allies.
Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth’s strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she’ll go to save those she loves.
Well, I could have skipped this.
So many of the issues I had with the first book remain in this installment/finale. The best way I can describe my overall feelings about this series is: immature. The writing, the characters, the pacing. The growth I had hoped for shown through in small moments, but was lacking in a broader sense. It was also too long. I was getting more impressed with it in the middle, but then we reverted again, and the drawn out battles and captures/rescues just felt repetitive.
The same character inconsistencies were there, and my favorite character from the first book missing basically the whole time. I did find the extra time spent on John interesting, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the major issues I had with this.
Honestly, I skimmed huge sections of this, and unless I see some amazing reviews for Boeckers stuff in the future, I can’t say I’ll be revisiting her works.