I had enjoyed the first book and was curious to see how things would go for Sara and her companions. I liked the dynamics and the new surroundings that Sara finds herself in a new town totally out of her comfort zone and learning to be a warrior Mohiri. I was annoyed by her internalising her situation as it led to misunderstandings and errors. I enjoyed the characters and their backgrounds and how they came to be and the menagerie of animals that are connected to Sara. The book covered all range of emotions from awe to sadness and grumpy to humourous and teeny not of attraction. I'm now addicted to this series. I've already got the next book lined up.
I'm loving this series! Great follow up to the first, and I loved seeing Sara explore her abilities and get to know the other Mohiri Warriors (and warriors in training). Jordan takes to Sara from the start, and I can't help but love her as well. I love that Sara maintains her morals and asks questions, challenging the instructors rather than just falling into line blindly. Oh and those hellhounds - love how they were re-united and the Warriors' reactions - brilliant! The humour is well written, and provides a great balance to the rest of the story. While the characters are all young, I don't find any of them annoying or naïve. The situation with Nate broke my heart, but I loved that Sara discovered a new power, once again challenging what they all think they know about her. It was interesting to see her relationship with Nick develop and deepen, but not in any rush. He's definitely overprotective, and with how the book wrapped up, I'm definitely looking forward to finding out what happens in the next book!
I loved this book and couldn't put it down!! I was hooked as Sara was trying to learn more about her Mohiri side and getting to know other Mohiri's; and also use and control her undine powers. Enjoyed seeing her and Nik's relationship slowly progress, not without some hiccups along the way though. Sara also meets new creatures and befriends fellow Mohiri which make life more interesting for her. This book and series is a must-read and I cannot wait for the next book!
The author has done a great job following up on the world building, the character development, the expanding relationship webs and the plot depth. I particularly enjoyed the burgeoning powers that heroine Sara Grey discovers and develops in herself (with some help) – she is one heck of a girl, whilst avoiding the all-too-common pitfall for this type of heroine of being incredibly annoying. Her new female friend brings opportunities for sassy and amusing sidekick banter that is very skilfully used for exposition.
The wry humour and the dialogue consistently snaps, crackles and occasionally pops. It certainly never flags or falters in its tone. The general tone and pacing is pretty much ideal again, as in the first book.
The deepening relationship between hero Nikolas and Sara is very convincingly handled; the author manages to avoid falling into cliché with it mainly due to the mori element, an inspired addition to the romance. The romance is just breathtaking, and makes you tingle right to your toes without going beyond a couple of kisses; absolutely pitch perfectly done. Nikolas? Three words and a hyphen. Totally swoon-inducing. One of the most appealing heroes in YA paranormal in my opinion. Just wow.
Her characters, major and minor, are all well drawn, believable and entertaining, even the unlikeable ones.
A couple of warnings for the faint-hearted. Some bad language but not a lot, not intrusive and works fine in the context. A pretty violent and somewhat protracted battle with an army of evildoers, but good wins the day. Neither is a deal breaker for me in this compelling story.
Not so enamoured of all the mythical creatures, but hey, that’s just me – I don’t like real pets either. In the end it all adds very effectively to the effect of the parallel world existing alongside ours. And gives Sara the chance to increase her totally bad-ass status and her general mastery of like, the whole parallel universe. Is there any creature she can’t subdue? Maybe book 3 will tell us.
I’m tending towards thinking this is perhaps not quite as good as the first book, but that can possibly be ascribed to the new menagerie that doesn’t overly interest me. And maybe the unrepeatable elation of discovering through sheer chance a totally new and thoroughly engaging book that is first of a series. Relentless will be one of my YA paranormal faves forever for that reason. But Refuge stacks up very well indeed beside it. Both will be reread before the third book comes out. I have to admit I will be awaiting the appearance of third instalment Rogue with great anticipation.
Ok. So l don't read this genre ll used to tell myzelf .....but these first two books by Karen Lynch l couldn't put down. I read book one in two days and book two in two sittings. And now for book three..... Both books were beautifully written...the words just flowed and the fast paced story should have been unbelieveablr, but it wasn't. - it was gripping. Thank you Karen. Loved this story!,
I couldn't wait to read this after book 1 (I had to quickly re-read book 1 just so I was 'in the story')! It didn't disappoint...loved it... not sure I was thrilled with the very end - really? hasn't she had enough of that? but, having said that, can't wait to read book 3. And Nikolas is so hot. I laughed so much reading this... Loved the sword comments,
Really enjoying this series. It often feels like there’s a lot of rubbish books on amazon and it’s so refreshing to find a great series with strong characters. There’s some new characters in this book which I also loved, and Sara’s growing skills are fun to watch. I’ve already read the 3rd book and it’s great too. Fantastic work by an outstanding author
I am a huge fan of Karen Lynch's first book in this series, Relentless, so I eagerly anticipated the release of its sequel, Refuge. And I wasn't disappointed. Far from it. I like Refuge better.
Refuge takes us deeper into the world of the mohiri as Sara goes to live amongst them and begins her training. She meets some of her mohiri family, as well as begins to develop a relationship with her own mori while her fae abilities continue to surprise her and develop.
I actually found this book rather excruciating to read. I was torn between racing through it to find out what happens while also wanting to savour every word and roll it around my tongue. I was both in awe at the end as well as disappointed I had finished it and envied those that were yet to read it for the first time. Still, going back to read it again, knowing what will happen and therefore seeing the clues, allows a completely different experience of the book.
What in the hell are you waiting for, get it! You won't regret it.
This series is so addictive! I fell in love with Sara, Nikolas and Remy and Roland after Relentless! Couldn't put them down - absolutely loved them! Heaps of supernatural creatures and a tall, dark and handsome love interest.
as soon as I finished the first book I had to purchase the second and cannot wait to get the third book. It is great to see Sara increasing in confidence as her talents increase. The highs and lows keep you riveted. Could not put it down until I finished and now cannot wait until the third comes out