Genre: YA, YA Fantasy
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Loyal to the end”
“Even if it means my sister’s destruction. Even if it means a madman running the Empire. Even if it means I have to torture and kill my best friend.” “To the end.”
This is the first time I’ve ever thought the second book in a series was just as good as the first! It was equally as brutal, with just as much (if not more), going on. I said it in my last review, and I’ll say it again! I frikkin love Helene!! And love that we get her POV in this one.
My heart broke multiple times. Those who have read it, will know which parts I’m talking about.
I loved the surprises in this story! Especially with the Nightbringer!! I so did not see that coming.
And omg. I’m dying to know who Elias’ father is! I hope I get to find out either in the next book or the last one!
I’m also really liking Harper. I was intrigued by him early on in the book, and wanna see what his deal is.
Normally by now, I’d be taking a long break before reading the next instalment, but I cannot wait!!
“You are a torch against the night-if you dare to let yourself burn .” -Cain to Helene
Have you read it? What did you think?
After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.
Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.
But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.
Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.