- Page Count: 586
- Release Date: September 24, 2010
- My Rating: 5 stars
Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford. But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean that danger isn’t far behind. Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them. And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own. There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.
Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden’s Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.
Everything changes when Han and Raisa’s paths cross, in this epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.
Ok wow. Yes. This series most definitely got SO much better here! I finished the first book yesterday and am already on the third one if that says anything.
The first book wasn’t terribly gripping, but I gave it a hesitant 4.5 stars hoping that everything it built up to would deliver. And all of the time that it spent setting up the sequels was totally worth it! All of the characters’ storylines converged in this book in the most brilliantly tangled way and I just LOVE EVERYONE SO MUCH. I ship everyone. Even the secondary characters are amazing!
The first 100+ pages of this book dragged a lot like the first book did (especially Han’s POV), but then everyone wound up at this military academy/wizard school that’s basically Hogwarts and everything got a million times better. And even though there are a ton of tropes in here, they somehow ALL work and have some kind of original aspect. Like there are multiple love interests for the female MC (who is seriously awesome btw), but the romance definitely isn’t the main focus of the story.
The plot never got dull once they got to
Hogwarts Oden’s Ford, so the second half of the book gets all the stars. The execution and writing are still perfectly average, but none of that takes anything away from the story either. I love every POV now and care about every. single. character.
Both Raisa and Han grew a ton in this story, but I kind of wanted to see more defining moments from Micah and Amon. I also wanted the book to be longer just to get a stronger sense of Oden’s Ford. Like more details and maybe Raisa’s daily life would’ve been nice to see, but at the same time I guess the plot had places to go. Everything is so twisty and tangled right now that I love it all. I love the clans, I love the strong female characters, I love all of the guys, I love the mess that everyone’s walking right into. Yes yes yes.
The first book is shaky — I will grant you that. But please, please don’t judge this series until like halfway through this book because it gets SO MUCH BETTER.