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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.