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This is the 2nd book in the Halven Rising series. You can technically read it as a standalone without losing vital details to understand this book, but I would definitely recommend reading Fates Divided before this one for the full picture.
Reese takes over as the protagonist in this book with Keen as the male lead as he heads into the Fae realm to rescue her. She’s recently discovered that fae are real and that her best friend is half-fae and heir to one of the fae kingdoms.
Now Reese has to process that along with why her captors won’t let her go even though they supposedly have everything they want. In walks Keen to bargain for her safety and whatever else it takes to keep her safe.
What I liked…
Reese is a feisty character to counter Keen’s broodiness. They make the ideal incompatible couple until they click.
I love the reasoning and questioning from Reese over the things that don’t make sense to her or me as a reader. One of my pet peeves is when characters from other lands or worlds learn new things and just accept them without a second thought.
On the other hand, there weren’t too many questions that led to overexplaining, which I also find annoying. It was an ideal balance of need-to-know with a dash of bonus fun facts.
The bigger story was always there in some form, which helped me feel the sense of potential consequences for the characters.
Complicated family dynamics. What can I say? I love them in books. 😍 They add more layers and personal challenges for the characters imo.
What I didn’t like…
Personally, nothing bothered me ongoing. But the strain between Reese and Keen was just pushing the limits of my patience. Yes, it made for a more tense romance which works wel in many respects, but if you’re not into that sort of thing, then I suggest you brace yourself. The book is worth it though.
Well, another fun Audible read keep me entertained while driving to work. I also genuinely loved this book. It had the racy romance, conspiracy shenanigans, and fun magical discoveries. I’m looking forward to the next book since this ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger.