Thief. Murderess. Sacrificial messenger. Netriet has faced death many times but she never consented to the transformation she endured the last time her life was pulled back from the edge of death. She’s compelled to live a solitary life for fear the shadow inside her will terrify others. Lonely, Netriet longs for acceptance and friendship. Joining up with the Fair, a haven for misfits, she believes she’s found home and love with Merick.
The ghosts of Merick’s past haunt him. Helplessly attracted to Netriet, he’s sworn to help her destroy the shadow within, but losing his heart to her cripples him with fear. Mistakes and misunderstanding push her away and Merick’s forced to watch her flee into the arms of another man.
Torn between two men, Netriet’s true nature is drawn to one, while the shadow yearns for the other. At war with the darkness, Netriet must choose, or let the shadow swallow her completely.
The fate of Regia’s new republic hangs in the balance as a new enemy arises, backed by a group of violent insurgents bent on destroying everything Forest has worked for. Desperate for intelligence about the terrorist group, Forest learns the leader wants not only to claim the throne, but also her life.
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I binge read the last four books in this series over a weekend and I’m not sure any mortal was meant for that amount of feels in that short a period of time. The other drawback is that much of the stories have run together in my head, especially since characters recur throughout the books. This has created some recall problems, but I will do the best I can.
This book follows Netriet who we last saw running away from the safety of Forest’s house in Forest Fire. After the tragedy of Verdant, I was terrified. I’d seen Tenaya is willing to kill of characters nastily and it was horrible. I spent this book in emotional knots and on the edge of my seat. I suffered, but it was awesome.
It’s been so long since I read books 1-2, that I’d forgotten much of Netriet’s character. That worked out fine because she’s essentially undergone reconstructive surgery on her soul as a result of Shi’s “help.” The duality between Netriet and the shadow that lived inside her was a mesmerizing power struggle.
Merick is a sweet, darling teddy bear whom I absolutely adore. With as many scars as Netriet, the two of them fit each other’s broken places to beautifully. His compassion, his loyalty, and his selflessness were amazing and I simply loved watching his relationship with Netriet blossom.
In the background, we have Forest and Syrus, still at the whole saving the world thing, still going hot and heavy in their romance. <3 <3 <3 Honestly, I would have read the book just for that part.
This was an intense read that was nonetheless rewarding. I’m so glad these books came into my life and I’m psyched for the spinoff series!