This book was a quite an improvement from the first. I remember beginning this series and thinking I may not be able to finish it. The first book really swayed me at the end though and I decided to pick this one up. I’m so glad I did. I just love when every book gets better and I think that’s definitely where this trilogy is going.
Gemma is getting a little time away from Spence during the Christmas holiday. A young lord has set his sights on Gemma, but she’s distracted. Her vision grow worse and more frequent. Her father isn’t well and seems to be declining. Now, Kartik has returned to warn her that she must go back to the realms, find the Temple, and bind the magic.
Gemma is growing. There’s some wonderful character development going on with her. Felicity, who I wasn’t fond of in the first one, I like much better in this one. She still has a tendency to make me mad, but it’s nothing like it was in the first book. I really came to love Anne as well. She was a bit to broody for me in the first book. But alas! I still find Pippa very annoying. Kartik becomes a little less mysterious and a little more sexy. I love the energy between him and Gemma.
The plot was paced pretty well. In the beginning I found myself a little frustrated with the fact that I had no clue what was going on. That’s only natural since Gemma herself didn’t know what was going on. she and her friends sometimes became quite reckless with the magic in the realms. I did love the development between her and Kartik. The intensity of their relationship has doubled. They’ve become closer, but are still as forbidden as they were in the first book. When I finished I was very excited about what’s to come with the two of them.
Josephine Bailey grew on me this time around. I still feel she’s a bit too old to be Gemma, but I’m starting to enjoy her narration.
I finished ready to begin the next one, but the twists that occurred in this one have me feeling skeptical of anything that happens. I’m just not going to guess anymore. I know I’ll be wrong.
I recommend this book to fantasy lovers, ages 13+ due to mild language and sexual references.