Another great novel authored by the fantastic Anthony Ryan. The epic Adventure of Vaelin and his journey home after being released by an enemy thought to never have shown mercy. After 5 long years he returns to the realm and is greeted with Reva, the next person who wishes to take his life.
This book, like the first of its series is action packed and full of mystery and intrigue. Much is hidden though explained elegantly later on in the novel. There is a lot of depth in each of the characters, to the point that readers feel they know each main character intimately.
The most intriguing character that I enjoyed the most would have to be Lyrna. A Princess forged into a Queen by the trials she faces. She is a strong character, both powerful and ambitious. So I feel that her storyline is most interesting to follow. However, with war throughout the kingdom all characters, both old and new, are challenged in mind, body and spirit.
Overall I found this novel to be fantastic. Although it is a rather large novel I was kept engrossed the entire time, and I would recommend this to anyone interested in the Epic Fantasy genre. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.