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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Once, only her own life hung in the balance…
When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.
Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.
Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.
As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.
A CHRONICLES OF IXIA NOVEL
‘A compelling new fantasy series’ – Rhianna Pratchett, SFX on Poison Study
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First, apologies to Harlequin (UK) Limited that it took me so long to get around to this book! And now, the book, well, it was… slow.
I liked that we were back following Yelena in this book, and yay… Valek!! Lots, and lots of Valek! However, there wasn’t enough of Yelena and Valek together, which as it turns out, are the bits I like.
Anyway, the storyline in this reminded me a bit of the books focusing on Opal, as this time Yelena lost her magic, similarly to Opal losing hers. We also got lots of flashbacks of Valek when he was first training to be an assassin, which I found a bit boring. There wasn’t much romance either, and the pace was way too slow for me.
The ending to this was okay, but I didn’t feel like much was resolved, I was also expecting that cliff-hanger.
6 out of 10