Elias and Laia are running for their lives.
Following the events of the Fourth Trial, an army led by Masks hunts the two fugitives as they escape the city of Serra and journey across the vast lands of the Martial Empire.
Laia is determined to break into Kauf - the empire's most secure and dangerous prison - and save her brother, whose knowledge of Serric steel is the key to the Scholars' future. And Elias is determined to stay by Laia's side, even if it means giving up his own chance at freedom.
But Elias and Laia will have to fight every step of the way if they're going to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus; the merciless Commandant; the sadistic Warden of Kauf; and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene - Elias' former friend and the empire's newest Blood Shrike.
Helene's mission is horrifying, unwanted, and clear: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape, and kill them both.
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I'm very picky with my audiobooks - this one was up there with Harry Potter as one of my favorites. The narrators are amazing, the story line kept me engaged during my daily subway commute. Definitely worthy of a credit!
At first, the story feels like a Teen "coming of age" tale in a future/ancient dystopian society, along the lines of Divergent or Hunger Games ... But then it grows on you and evolves in your head and heat into a story of the unfree wanting freedom, the downtrodden wanting release and the unpeacable yearning for rest.
Even so, it is somewhat predictable, hence only 4 stars, but the entire series earns 5 stars for enjoyablity and, as if it were a very long Easops fable, for morality convincingly conveyed.
Looking forward to book three!!
PS: Performance is great except for an occasional male voice being too effeminate ... Hense only 4 stars.
I completely loved the second installment as much as the first! But now I have to wait for the Third book and that is going to be hard. I really want to know what happens to all of my favorite characters.
I am in love with the awakening of magic in this world, with the repentant killer and the fiery rebel and their dance against an unbeatable empire. This is a must read for any fantasy lover.
I am a Children's Librarian, a Steampunk, a geek and an avid reader.
Wow. Another amazing book in this series. The characters, betrayals, cruelty, pain and love in this book is just incredible. The Roman-esque society is fascinating and I cannot wait for the next installment.
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