Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. The son of the queen of the Fells, Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it?
A blood-based curse.
Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.
Destiny’s fiery hand.
Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.
Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.
Can I just say, Cinda Williams Chima is a FANTASTIC author! This is a continuation of her Demon King Series--which, can I just say is another one of my top favorite series.
In this series, it is about Han's son, Ash. And I have to say, I rather like Ash. He is a good mix of his father and his mother. He is motivated and kind. Despite his dark background, he cares about other people and will do anything to save his family--anything, but hurting innocent people. (Which was a part of a great character development).
Jenna is pretty cool. I don't mind her, as far as female protagonists go. She can stand her ground and there is still something mysterious about her that we don't understand and I just need to know NOW! But, unfortunately, we don't find it out. She is smart and clever, which I appreciate.
Lila is freaking awesome. She has a secret side to her that I so did not see coming. She is the only reason things have been working out for Ash. She is the reason anything is working out really. Man, this girl is awesome.
And despite his not really being the good guy, I rather like Destin too. He's in a tough place, but I believe he has the ability to be a really good person. And if I don't say so myself, Destin and the three above would make a super awesome combat, special ops-like team. Maybe my dreams will come true.
The plot was a driving one, with twists and turns. It was of course a great adventure like always. Seeing this world after Han and Raisa's version of this world is incredibly interesting. This is one of my favorite fantasy worlds and there's so much more to learn. It's going to be great.
The one thing I didn't like about this book, and really it was only this one thing. Was Ash and Jenna had this kind of weird insta-love. Gag me. They barely knew each other and suddenly they're in love. Yeah, no thanks. Other than that, it was great!
I give it a 4.5 out of 5.