Wow, I just love these books! The second book takes off right after Xavyn and Vala leave Garlin. And we travel with them past The Divide. When they pass it, it causes a change to occur and everyone is literally effected by it, especially with magic returning. Some change is good, and some really not so much. Vala also begins to change, as well as Xavyn, both becoming stronger, in a sense. We travel with them to locate Vala’s feathers so that she can gain all her power back and restore balance and order with magic and the two worlds.
First off, I just love books that integrate different mythical creatures, and tastefully too, not just haphazardly adding them into the book just because, but actually integrating them into the story and becoming part of the story.
So, when Xavyn and Vala first pass The Divide, we meet the Mer who have been suffering ever since magic was taken away, but begin to feel the effects of the change Vala caused upon her crossing, along with other Fae(woodland and sky Fae), dragons, witches, and probably other mythical creatures. I loved seeing these other creatures, especially since so many books tend to stick to the same ones, but these books had different Fae, and dragons(which I never get enough of 😁).
I loved having Enessa introduced into the story because Vala needed a girlfriend. After having to leave Haidee, her sister, it was nice to see her have a friend who she could talk to(and enjoy female time, as Xavyn says 😁), and who didn’t run away from her, despite the tension in the group with the animosity between Enessa’s people and Xavyn’s people.
I enjoyed watching Vala grow from someone who basically kept her head down and did what others told her to do, and blossomed into this stronger more independent woman. I love the relationship between her and Xavyn. He never tried to bring her down, or control her, tell her what to do. They worked together, like truly together, to get answers for her and find her feathers, and they are just so darn cute together!
There was some predictability in this book, however, it did not deter me from my love for the story and the characters. I don’t mind predictability in books, especially since sometimes I need a break from major plot twists and I need to read a book that is consistent through and through and characters are not all over the place.
I absolutely love this story, and the characters even more. I’m waiting for my copy of the third book, and once I receive it, I will dive into it and probably finish it in a day 😁