Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There's Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be savages. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country... and her own destiny.
At this point, if you haven't read the first book, there will be spoilers.
Kaden has taken Lia to Venda the Barbaric country.
Or rather, where the barbaric people of vendan's elites live. The people there are fine, but the Komizar is crazy. He's a tyrant and is willing to let his people die to do his bidding.
Yet, he's really charismatic. He's a good leader in the sense, his people love him, despite his insanity.
Lia comes to befriend the Vendan peoples. She lives among them as the Komizar uses her as leverage and tries to convince her to use her gift for him. While Lia navigates the Komizar and befriending the people, she begins to discover more about her gift and Venda's past. The history Lia begins to uncover changes the circumstances and her life starts to dance on a precarious edge.
Rafe and Kaden are still at odds with each other, and their rival is rather humorous to me. I love Rafe and his loyalty to not only his country, but saving Lia.
We also learn more about Lia's gift and I find it rather interesting. It's not magic, it's more...like an emphasis of intuition. I'm not sure how to describe it, but I really like it.
I really enjoy this series. I love the characters and the world. I couldn't stop listening to this book. The narrators did great!
4.5 out of 5!