- 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.
I gave the first book 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 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 bit like the first book did (especially Han’s POV), but then everyone wound up at
Hogwartsa military academy/wizard school and everything got a million times better. There are a lot of tropes in here, but they somehow ALL work and have an original aspect. Like there are multiple love interests for the female MC (who is seriously awesome btw), yet the romance definitely isn’t the main focus of the story.
I love all of the POVs now and care about every. single. character. I wish the book could be longer just to get a stronger sense Amon & Micah. I’d be happy with a whole book about Raisa’s daily life at school, too, but 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. This is perfect.