Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.
Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.
Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?
Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?
In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Under the Never Sky’ series.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Under the Never Sky’.**
Aria and Perry have been apart, but now they’re together again, and Perry wants to mark Aria as having a gift, even if some members of his tribe disagree with him.
Aria has more work to do though, not only does she still need to try and rescue Perry’s kidnapped nephew, but she’s also heading out with Roar to try and rescue Liv, who is to be married to a man she doesn’t love.
Can Perry’s tribe ever accept Aria? Are the Aether storms which plague them getting worse? Can Aria and Roar help Liv? And can they find the way to the ‘Still Blue’?
This was an interesting sequel, and I enjoyed it a lot more than ‘Under the Never Sky’.
Aria and Perry, while I still didn’t think they were particularly likeable characters, had definitely improved in this book. Aria seemed better able to stand on her own two feet, and actually seemed capable of making some difficult decisions, and Perry finally seemed capable of being a leader, and thinking things through before acting.
The storyline in this was better too, and the pace wasn’t as slow. I liked that Perry finally seemed to be thinking about his tribe, and figuring out how to protect them and provide for them, and Aria made decisions based on circumstances, rather than what she personally wanted.
Again the pace was quicker, and the story wasn’t dull like the first book. There was no more talk of periods smelling like violets thankfully, and Aria seemed to have actually learned that people tell lies.
There was a little bit of romance in there, and even a bit of a love-square. The romance didn’t feel quite so uncomfortable this time though, but to be honest there wasn’t a great deal of it in the book at all.
There were some twists and turns in this book that I didn’t see coming, and a surprise death! We also learned some interesting information right at the end of the book with regards to the ‘Still Blue’, with a little hint about how a certain person could be helpful to them in getting there. I did feel that the pace tailed off a bit towards the end unfortunately, but I’m just so glad that this book was better than the first in the series!
Overall; better than the first, and the characters weren’t so dumb!
7 out of 10.