I lean forward, pushing my body out past the battlements. The wind plucks at my cloak, buffets against me, as if it would carry me off in flight, just like the birds or the knight’s soul. Let go, it cries, I will take you far, far away. I want to laugh at the exhilarating feeling, I will catch you, it whistles seductively.
The convent has returned Sybella to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?
While this didn’t impress me a much as the first book in the series, it was still an enjoyable read. Unlike the largely political focus of the first book this was much more of an adventure, and as LaFevers points out in her authors note, a personal tale.
I must admit, Sybella’s back story is so dark and compelling. I loved Ismae in the first book, but even her hard beginnings can’t compare to Sybella’s youth. Watching her navigate herself to redemption and forgiveness was heartbreaking. Her weaknesses and need to be accepted for all her darkness made it reservations connection to Beast understandable. Unlike the romance of the first book though, this one seemed to fall more into the insta-love category, and I didn’t find myself overly invested in it.
The focus on D’Albret and his court was very interesting, and the things unveiled dark, twisted, and so intriguing – making sections of this unputdownable. Overall, it was a fun read, and I enjoyed how it toed in with the first book, but carried such an independent story line.