The highly anticipated sequel to Everless!
Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.
The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one.
Ah! This was everything I wanted.
First – a special thanks to the publishers for sending me this arc! I recently received some fun goodies such as character cards/etc that I’ll be showing off on my Instagram (link below) very soon, so stay tuned! Pst… they are gorgeous!
Light spoilers for book one. Beware!
I was super excited when this landed in my mail – but also a bit nervous, because I wasn’t sure where the story was going. I had such high hopes after L O V I N G the first book. That happens to me often, where I’ll get super attached to the first book in a series, and my heart feels like I’ve leap off the edge of a cliff when I dive into the second. So, naturally, after the whack-you-in-the-face ending of Everless, I was thrilled, and yet… my favorite character tiptoed out the door (not dead, relax). I was nervous he wouldn’t even be in this one, or if he was, that he’d be more of a ghost of a character.
Dearly beloved, I am gathering you here today to announce that Liam, my dark and broody darling, is a constant presence in these pages. Yes, that’s right. He’s everywhere.
And I’m not complaining.
Alright, moving on. We’re thrown right back into Jules world head-first, and there isn’t much time to catch a breath. Jules has returned to Crofton, against a certain-beautiful-someone-who-I-mentioned-above’s wishes. But Jules wants to find Amma, who we briefly met in book one. Except, a very dangerous certain-someone-else is waiting for her. I think you can all guess who. So, our dear Jules is quickly captured and thrown in prison.
But see, Jules has friends.
I’m not going to spoil anything else, but I can give you little hints of what’s to come. Jules needs answers. Even though she knows the truth of her identity, she’s just beginning to understand it – and she needs those answers if she’s going to defeat the Sorceress. And it isn’t just one past life that she has to dig through, it’s twelve! Ah! Luckily, our dashing Liam happened to study all things Alchemist-related, so he’s able to help. But not for everything. Jules must retrace her former selves to search for clues, and the journey isn’t an easy one.
SO! You can expect blood, eerie memories, and a mad dash through time. And maybe a little somethin’ somethin’ else but I’m going to shut up now.
What really makes this series stand out for me personally is the super creative magic system. I’ll admit that at times I got a tad lost, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying it because it was all-too-cool to picture. I loved the cinematic descriptions (oh, dude, this totally should be a movie or TV series).
Which brings me to the writing! I love when a book balances on the edge between commercial and lyrical – where the pacing is fast but the writing remains lush.
And I’ll leave you with that! If you were a fan of Everless and are wondering about the second – I say take the plunge!