by Sarah Fine
Publication Date: October 29th 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy
In the week since Lela returned to Rhode Island as Captain of the Guard with Malachi as her second in command, local news has been dominated by chilling sightings of human-like creatures running on all fours. Lela knows there’s only one explanation: the Mazikin have arrived in the land of the living.
Needing to maintain the appearance of a normal life for her foster mother, her probation officer, and her classmates, Lela returns to Warwick High along with Malachi. At night they secretly hunt for the Mazikin nest. To assist, two new Guards from very different parts of the Shadowlands are assigned to Lela’s unit, including the bad boy Jim, who repeatedly challenges Lela’s authority. Lela struggles to keep all her Guards on the right side of the law, but their mistakes come at a terrible cost.
As one painful revelation follows another and the Mazikin start targeting those closest to her, Lela finds herself more vulnerable than she’s ever been, wanting a future more than she ever has. With an enemy determined to separate soul from body, one question remains: how much is she willing to sacrifice to protect those she loves?
Oh My Thuddingg Heart
I felt completely blindsided by the turn of events. Book one was so so, but this.. THIS IS HEARTBREAKING. I was glad I’d kept with the series.
Story picked up from where it’d left off last book. Lela was sent back to ….and with you know who if you’ve read this. That was a little nice surprise. It’s quite humorous to witness how a warrior gets situated in this new environment. The rules and everything were completely different. It’s a new game, but one that’s not really to their advantage even if it’s obviously more comfortable. Things started off ok, then it turned sour, then in the end it made a 900 degree (cuz 180 didn’t seem big enough to describe it) towards bad. The shock value went through the roof, my rapidly beating heart can attest.
Twisting plotline aside, it’s not missing out on other must have qualities either: actions, character development (not just the main characters, the side characters were also very fleshed out eg. Jim, Ian, Tegan), sexual tension.
This one will forever stay in my heart as one of the most riveting stories I had ever read. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Yes, this ended with a cliff!!