Why does every YA series have to have a love triangle? It is like a prerequisite for the genre, teenage girls must be fraught with the decision to choose between two boys. Sigh. Alright, rant over.
Ari is getting more into her world, although a year after the last book left off she seems just as in the dark as before. I get annoyed because somethings are really clear and she doesn't pick up on them. Thankfully this book starts to give us more detail and gets more into the legend. So much world building is going into things it almost makes the head spin. There is a lot of information to absorb.
The narrative is still mostly Ari, with a few stray thoughts of others thrown in. This is still a bit jarring, it takes you out of the moment to have somebody else's POV popped in for just a sentence of two. I need more stability than that in my narrative. Still not enough to put me off reading, just a minor annoyance.
The whole love triangle is typical of this genre, although it feels like it might take an unexpected turn later on in the series. I am really enjoying her choice in Keepers and was thrilled about her Dearg-dul pick. Exactly what I felt it should have been!!
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Caprisha Page, who rocks!! I love her choices in the voices for the guys. She makes some very smart decisions with accent and tone to keep them distinct. She has a very swift pace, I almost didn't need to speed it up for listening. Her energy really feeds into the movement of the story and keeps it popping! I am a huge fan of her read for this series! She is definitely well suited to YA reads!
The book leaves of not so much at a cliffhanger but not a real ending. As I suspected the trilogy relies heavily on the books being read in succession. It is an engaging read and I am really hoping everything will be revealed in the third book. Ari is just starting to come in to her true power and gain confidence in that strength. I can not wait to see her after a bit of training taking on all challenges.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.