Times are truly desperate within Averalaan's hundred holdings, and Jewel MArkess and her den are finding it hard to survive. Then suddenly their mentor, Rath, orders them to avoid the ancient Undercity beneath Averlaan's streets, cutting them off from their main source of income. Yet Rath himself refuses to heed the warnings of Jewel's seer dreams. Instead, he allies with the mages of the Order of Knowledge in a secret war against demonic foes, knowing he'll be targeted for death - or worse. In a last attempt to protect Jewel and her den, he writes a note of introduction to the head of House Terafin - the sister he's sworn never to contact. For only within the Terafin manse would the den stand a chance of escaping the unnatural forces reaching out to claim them....
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I am hooked by this series and find myself looking for the next one. There is a Sun Sword Series which happens between books 4 and 5 and Audible does not carry these. So when you get there you are not missing a book just keep going!
I'm writing mostly to correct what i think are a number of very misleading reviews from the amazon print version of the book. Some of these reviews suggest that large portions of this book is a recap. This is only true if you've read a different series by Michelle West (not on audible). If you've only listened to the first book in this series (as I did) it's all new. There was a little bit of a slow introduction of a new character to Jewel's den in the beginning of the book, but overall I thought the book was just as interesting as the first! Eva Wilhelm seems like a perfect fit for the series, and her characters sound consistent with the first audiobook. A worthy followup!
I have read all of Michelle Sagara's books and knew she wrote as Michelle West. Tried it and I liked it! Very similar style of writing and while I felt some of the characters familiar, it added to my enjoyment. One of the best things I like about these books are that I can share them with my grandchildren. Good for all ages.
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