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When I started reading the story and characters hooked me straight back in. Deven and Kali spent much of the book apart and although I didn't enjoy the suggestion that she might develop feelings for someone else I felt it made their relationship stronger and more valid as a result. The development of Kali's powers represent her own self development and belief, her growth as a person and its great to see this portrayed. I have to admit I was concerned about the "samey" storyline of a tournament, however it fit well with the overall approach. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and can't wait for the third.
Worth reading but as with all sequels, it suffered a bit from having to keep adding backstory initially. This was done clumsily and spoilt the pacing of the story in the first half. Once all the characters and settings had been established, it became a much better read. Now that the mythical element and love interest has been firmly established, I do wonder how the author will keep this series going without diluting the surprise, pace and enjoyment that I experienced in the first and second novels
First off, I need to say that I enjoyed this book so much more than The Hundredth Queen (even though I thought that was also pretty good, towards the end especially). I feel like the author was working up to it throughout the first book but honestly this one blew me away.
Right from the start there was drama and I was enticed straight away by it, I also love the way that different chapters are from Kali and Devens' points of view! Introducing Prince Ashwin to the series also was so interesting to compare him to his father. The other new characters and the introduction of different areas and customs was fascinating to read about and I think the world building just gets amazing in this book.
I have the third book to read already courtesy of NetGalley (thank you!) but I bought the two books before as I was intrigued.
This is the second book in the series. Well written and keeps the interest of the reader throughout. I have started to care about the main characters and their fate. Now, I do want to know what happens in the next book! To follow the storyline well and understand the characters, it is necessary to read the first book. I recommend both books as a good read!
Once again I find myself at the mercy of Emily R. King. I originally discovered the Evermore Chronicles and found myself racing through the entire series. Now I have begun following Kalinda's journey with the same hunger for more. The humanity of such fantastical characters is bursting off the page and are warm, well developed and tangible. Once you start reading you are dragged headlong into an unstoppable story which keeps you longing for more at the end of each chapter.