Rafe has successfully rescued Sofia from his enemies and has brought her home. He is excited about Sofia meeting their father and joining the Raizyns in their fight against the Diasodz. Unfortunately, bringing Sofia home does not have the effect he had hoped for. In the process of trying to bring his family together, he may have discovered a reason to tear them apart.
When Sofia awakens, she discovers that her life has been uprooted once again, and this time she is in more danger than she has ever been. Sofia’s only focus is on finding a way to escape and get back to Ar’ch, but leaving Rafe becomes more difficult when she realizes that not everything is as it seems.
Damiana is furious when she learns that her daughter has been brought home. Her plans to use Sofia as a secret weapon within the Diasodz compound is destroyed with Rafe’s meddling. Despite the setback, Damiana knows that she still has the upper hand, but her control is tested when even more secrets are exposed.
Each of them believes that she/he knows who the true savior of their people is, but when the truth is revealed, how will they handle it? And whose side will the savior support? The stakes have never been higher for the Raizyns, and Damiana plans to make sure that the savior is on their side no matter what it takes.
Since The One Betrayed wound up being such a repeat of The One Enlightened I really expect this one to push forward in time. The battle lines appear to be drawn, and the stage is thoroughly set. My question now is: Can Ms. Calleiro deliver on the tension she’s built up?
This is the fourth book of the series, and so I did not expect much world building to occur. There is a continuation of the political aspects of the worlds Ms. Calleiro created, as well as a large leap in the refinement of our understanding of how the magic system works. Beyond that, the world building for this series has been completed (unless new areas are introduced – which the hints provided through the narrative may come to pass.)
With the overall developments, twists and turns in the genealogy, along with the betrayals and tests of loyalty, the amount of character development is immense in this installment. The story style shifts from a plot driven story line back to the character-driven story, which really highlights the growth each of the characters undergoes, even though much of the growth happens in extremely unexpected ways. Especially with the amount of broken trust, exposed lies, and general soap opera feel to the story line in general. It is still an engaging read as we see the characters start to really come into their own and begin thinking independently and analytically.
Overall, the pacing in this installment is very well done. Though it remains a slow burn, there are several places where it simmers and pops properly, making the book hard to put down. To me, the pacing fit the events much better than the previous two installments, which really enhanced the read.
An enthusiastic 5 of 5 paws from this pukah. Many unexpected twists and turns; plenty of pop and sizzle; and enough tension and mystery to make it a very satisfying read. Now I just want to know how it ends – there’s at least one more book due in the series, just not sure when it’ll come out.
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