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As always Helen Harpers book is a seamless romp through adventure intrigue and romance. A great storyline and some great characters. HH is nothing if not incredibly consistent in knocking out well written and entertaining work!
This second book in the series is fantastic. The story and the way it unexpectedly twists and turns is just fantastic and had me deeply enthralled. I’ve read this book with nail biting excitement wanting to find out what was going to happen next. It’s the kind of story that sinks deep into your bones and has you hooked, I love it. Five stars for what was truly a brilliant read and I’m about to start book 3 now.
Note: this is the direct continuation of the prequel „Hummingbird“, which should be read beforehand.
Review The book starts right where the prequel left off: Mairi and her allies are hiding from the mages, all the while the revolutionary movement gains more and more momentum. The mages are not happy at all and when they go too far, the population of alternate Glasgow force them to think of a subtler way to deal with Mairi and her followers. Which they do… Aaaand this is the extend of what I can tell you about the plot without spoiling so many things. Although, what else I can tell you is that there is something else going on that involves the Afflicted and draws the picture of a bigger threat for Scotland. All the while, Mairi tries to stay on top of things and at times, she succeeds. She also learns to read situations and people better and better, which I liked. What I did no like were the many developments that were so predictable, although I was mellowed out by the twist in the end (which I did not see coming, I happily admit). But then came the cliffhanger and these I just plainly resent. I get that it set interesting premises for the next installment, yet I’m really really annoyed that I’m left hanging at such a point in the story, which is why I won’t give more than 3 stars.
Usually I love Helen Harper's work. This series is just as well written as her others. However, the bad guys are so overwhelmingly evil, it is hard to stomach. I read as an escape, so I don't enjoy books that are as dark as reality. If you are ok with that, you will enjoy the action and the drama. I will read the third book, but first I need a palate cleanser of several fluffy, escapism books.
Our heroine, Mairi, is back. Now with sound. She speaks now, get it?
OK moving along. The afflicted are doing some new tricks and, yes, it's as ominous as it sounds. Mairi has a committed group to help her along the way. Her old boss, Belle, is clutch in some sticky situations. And the older mage, Angus, is insightful. Just when you think Mairi 8s going to win...Bam Shitastrophe