It’s 1915, and sixteen-year-old Lora Jones is finishing up her first year as a charity student at Iverson, a prestigious, gothic boarding school on England’s southern coast. While she’s always felt different from everyone around her, now she finally knows why: She is a drákon, a rare, enchanted being with astonishing magical abilities. With Armand, Lora will cross enemy lines on an incredible mission—one that could bond her to Armand forever, or irrevocably tear them apart.
As a protagonist, Lora is one of the better ones I’ve read recently. She is not without flaws. But somehow I don’t hate her? She’s still that headstrong character readers (and all mystical beings) seem to fall for. But that Twilight-syndrome is starting to irritate me. That the protagonist somehow always gets ALL the guys falling for her seems a bit unnatural, especially when it is sort of magically influenced like in this series. However, I don’t fault them for it, because Lora is a much better option than many of the other females introduced.
Jesse continues to break my heart in this book. There are very few of his sections, but reading any of them is guaranteed to make me tear up and wish for his happiness. Knowing that Lora has been left to maybe-sort of fall in love with Armand (who’s a dream as well) just makes it harder as a Jesse fan. I want Armand and Lora to be happy. But I’d also like for Lora to be happy with Jesse. These are very vexing, complicated feelings.
Abe has this amazing cast of characters that she uses to torment us poor readers in this second installment. And she continues to make a compelling, easy to fall into story. The story progresses steadily towards something that I’m not sure I’ll be happy about. But it’s there, and it’s keeping me anticipating the next book. This series is like a hidden gem that everyone who enjoys a good pararom needs to discover.
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