- Page Count: 532
- Release Date: January 3, 2017
- My Rating: 3.5 stars
Neryn has finally found the rebel group at Shadowfell, and now her task is to seek out the elusive Guardians, vital to her training as a Caller. These four powerful beings have been increasingly at odds with human kind, and Neryn must prove her worth to them. She desperately needs their help to use her gift without compromising herself or the cause of overthrowing the evil King Keldec.
Neryn must journey with the tough and steadfast Tali, who looks on Neryn’s love for the double agent Flint as a needless vulnerability. And perhaps it is. What Flint learns from the king will change the battlefield entirely—but in whose favor, no one knows.
This plot definitely has more potential than is currently being used, but I still enjoyed this book! It’s so well written and the characters have the most realistic accents I’ve ever seen.
If you like fantasy worlds with a Celtic or medieval feeling, fae, and rebels who live in caves then you’ll probably like this story too! The pacing is REALLY slow (think Frodo walking one step across Middle Earth at a time) but everything is so pretty that it never bothered me.
Neryn is building her skills as a Caller to summon the Good Folk in a battle against the evil king (whom Flint is still serving as a double agent). Most of this book is Neryn traveling to wake two of the four Guardians who obviously were not considerate enough to live ANYWHERE near each other. It’s just a lot of walking through pretty landscapes. She does get to see Flint, but the romance was pretty much a side comment.
So there could definitely be a more engaging story going on with the world and conflicts that have been set up so far… like a few more tense scenes with Flint and the king, with Flint and his soldiers, or with the rebels could have made me a bit more invested in something besides the pretty forests and snow-capped mountains. I was ready to give this book 3 stars but the awesome Gathering scene changed everything. I just need characters to be put in difficult situations or something more pressing besides general impending doom if they don’t eventually overthrow the king. The next book is set up to have a lot of awesome battles, though!