Clara, lost and disillusioned from a hard-fought war, hopes to discover some answers about her lineage and abilities in the quiet village of Bluebell, where she once lived before being sold into slavery. However, as she and the Captain of the Royal Guard make their journey, a new threat to the kingdom arises in the form of a traitor.
This new threat has been patiently brewing since the fall of the sorcerer-king Marduk and careful plans are now coming to fruition. Emmerich’s struggles with his new role as king and his ever-present nightmares leave him feeling inadequate to the task. What he needs most is Clara.
But how can she help from so far away? And how can she help if she does not even know who she is?
This was a great fantasy read. As a sequel the book picks up where the previous left off, and starts with a well done re-cap that lets you read this if you haven’t read Clara (or serves as a good reminder if it’s been a while since you read Clara).
Clara is a seer and her gift is important to the King. Following the war and defeat of Marduk, Clara has stopped having visions. Without her gift she really isn’t sure who she is or where she fits in. In an effort to figure it out she journey’s back to the village where she lived before she was sold as a slave. She is stubborn and strong willed, but as we see along her journey Clara needs to gain more confidence in herself and her value even without her gift. It’s really nice to watch her gain this confidence.
At the same time, the kingdom is under threat from an unknown source. There are monsters threatening outside the city walls…creatures that defy any known origin. And a giant is roaming the countryside destroying towns. King Emmerich is in danger and is having trouble dealing with his new role as King. His transition from Captain of the Guard to King has been rough and the outside conflict doesn’t help. He really tries his best, but has some challenges.
Most delightful are some of the new characters. I loved the aerials…part bird, part dragon, part I’m not sure what, they’re delightful. Especially the young one named Niall. I hope someone with some talent will draw some fan art of them as I’d love to see that! I also really enjoyed meeting 9 year old Bran. He too seems to have the gift of sight and I’m really hoping that a future book will follow his story.
There are a few spots during some of the battle scenes that I had a bit of trouble keeping up with what was happening but overall it was a captivating read that held my interest.
*Note: I was provided an e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review*