I am really loving this series. The trials are amazingly written and they grab hold of you and keep you enthralled every step of the way. The characters are getting a bit more life in them and we see the team coming together more as a team.
Secrets, missing kids, plot twist and unicorns with wings is what is in store for you when you read this book. I definitely recommend it to everyone, seriously.
The downside of this trilogy is that the first two books end in cliffhangers. The upside is everything else - the fearless heroine, the entrancing magic and best of all the team dynamics.
In this second book Wild and her gang of misfits learn to work together (or not) to win entry to the Shadowspell Academy. This is not for younger readers. There are grisly scenes that may give the under 12s nightmares. For the rest of us it is non stop entertainment with a heroine that never backs down.
This book doesn’t suffer from ‘middle book’ syndrome. It has excellent writing, witty moments, great banter and well developed characters. At times you see echoes of Twilight or The Hunger Games but it’s not too obvious. One thing that I love is that while there are complex magical scenarios, you never get lost in this entertaining alternative universe.
Once again Mayer and Breene set the pages alight telling us more about Wild and her comrades, who are becoming her family.
Wild’s secret is out as the team faces more of the trials. As they face each trial new hurdles are introduced and she becomes aware that other participants are being taken. When one of her own is kidnapped, Wild starts to investigate the disappearance with her team mates and an old friend.
Wild also has another challenge facing her....someone is tracking her.