Blurb (from Goodreads):
Ash and Natalie are just starting to build a life together when things in the United Sentry States go from bad to worse. Ash and Natalie find themselves at the center of turmoil when dictator Purian Rose threatens Natalie’s life unless Ash votes in favor of Rose’s Law—a law that will send Darklings and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp known as the Tenth.
When Ash can’t bring himself to trade Natalie’s life for those of millions of Darklings, her fate is sealed. Enter Elijah Theroux, the handsome Bastet boy Natalie once saved from her mother’s labs, where he’d been experimented on and tortured. It was his venom the Sentry used to create the lethal Golden Haze, the heart of the government conspiracy that led to Black City’s uprising and Ash’s rebirth as the Phoenix, the face of the rebellion. Elijah is back and Ash doesn’t like him; it’s clear he’s taken with Natalie, and Ash fears she may have feelings for him as well.
But Elijah also may have the answer to taking down Purian Rose for good—a powerful weapon called the Ora. Ash, Natalie and Elijah just have to escape Black City undetected to find it. But fleeing the city and finding this weapon (if it even exists) are easier said than done, and the quest could tear Ash and Natalie apart, even pushing them into the arms of others.
This enthralling sequel to Black City is just as absorbing, delicious and steamy as the first book, leaving readers hungry for the series conclusion.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I won a digital copy of this book.)
This is the second book in the ’Black City’ series, and kicks of a couple of months after the end of book 1 ‘Black City’.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Black City’.**
Ash and Natalie are continuing on with the fight to stop Puritan Rose from bringing in a segregation law, which will force all of the Darklings into concentration camps.
Unfortunately Puritan Rose will stop at nothing to get what he wants, and he’s not above killing people if it pushes things his way.
Soon things are really out of control, and Ash and Natalie find themselves fleeing for their lives, in hopes of finding a weapon called Ora, which is supposed to affect only those with the v-gene, hence allowing them to bring down the Sentry.
Can they find Ora in time? How far will Puritan Rose go to get rid of anyone not 100% human? And how long can Ash and Natalie keep running for?
This was a great sequel to ‘Black City’, and I loved the action.
Natalie and Ash remained strong in this instalment, leading the downtrodden, and trying to save people from the wrath of Puritan Rose. I loved how their relationship had developed, and how devoted they were to one another, but I also disliked the way they kept secrets from one another that they thought would cause them pain. While keeping secrets might have seemed like a good idea, it ultimately just made them hurt each other even more.
I liked the storyline in this book, and I liked the action. There seemed to be something constantly going on, and always something to run from, and I liked the adrenalin and the chase. There were several deaths and new developments that I didn’t see coming, and I liked that even though there was quite a bit of travelling in this book that it wasn’t dull.
There were a couple of plot points that confused me a little, but thankfully the action made up for these, and I’m hoping that some of these will be cleared up in the final book!
The ending to this one was good, but we were left with a big cliff-hanger! I really want to read the next book now to find out what happens!
Overall; a good second instalment with lots of action.
8 out of 10.