You are accused of crimes against the Code. How do you plead?
After failing to escape the Roman metropolis of Londinium with Devyn, her lover, and Marcus, her betrothed, Cassandra wakes in inky darkness to find the ground giving way to sand beneath her feet.
All three of them have been carted back to the notorious arena at the heart of the city to stand trial by public vote. Cass knows they must escape at any cost: to warn the Celts of the mysterious blood curse ravaging their kin, to foil the schemes of the imperial council…
To find the fabled Lady of the Lake, the one who could save them all.
But even as the jaws of death close in around her, another threat looms in the shadows, a danger she never could have foreseen, a betrayal that could burn down her entire world.
Fans of The Hunger Games will revel in this sweeping dystopian adventure set in an alternate fantasy universe where the Roman Empire never fell.
I absolutely adored the first part of this trilogy and was so excited to read the next one! The world O'Connor has created is so unique and full of mystery and old magic and I honestly would love to see this trilogy made into a film.
The end of the first book, Secrets of the Starcrossed, leaves us on quite the cliff hanger and I love that we dive straight back in at the beginning of the second book. Our beloved protagonists find themselves in the dreaded arena, accused before all of those who they once called friends and family. They were once the beloved and prized citizens of Londinium and they are now disgraced and facing the ultimate price.
I won't go into more detail as it would be difficult to do so without spoilers but what I can tell you is we finally find ourselves in the mysterious lands of the Britons and learn more about the ancient magic and power that is at the foundation of their kingdoms. We are introduced to come great new characters and I feel Cass, Devyn and Marcus develop into stronger characters throughout this book. They learn a lot about themselves and each other whilst facing endless challenges on this epic adventure that will likely change the fate of Londinium and the other kingdoms for centuries to come.
So yeah, I think this was a great second book to build up the suspense even more what I am sure will be an epic finale. I really really love this world and the nostalgia it brings for those of us who come from Celtic countries and recognise the age old stories of Arthur, Merlin and Celtic magic.
A big thank you to Net Galley for letting me read it before it was published.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'The breeze lifts you, the current carries you, the earth holds you and fire lights the way. Bat at one.'
Gideon, looking forward to seeing more of him in the final book.