Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.
Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.
Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.
To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…
This book fully lived up to my expectations. After finishing the first book I immediately picked up this one, and was not disappointed. Not only was the plot engaging and fast paced, the point of view switched between Cécile and Tristan in a way that did not have me wishing for it to switch back.
Cécile was very stubborn in her desire to free the trolls in a way that made sense to her, but there was still the feeling that she hadn’t completely thought it out. Her single minded search for Anushka had her missing a lot of the world around me, and at points had me wishing I could tell her to look at all the hints that she was missing.
Tristan was very present in this novel, more so than the last, and I found myself really enjoying the character development that came with his chapters and all the unexpected twists and turns that came with the development.
The ending of this book! I expected it to turn out the way it did from the beginning, at least the part with who Anushka was, but it still surprised me. So many things started happening at once, the character deaths, the backstory and the new enemies. I can hardly wait to start the next book in the trilogy.
This book gets 4/5 stars. I enjoyed the story, it was unique and engaging. There was more mystery than the first book and I found myself attempting to figure out every little piece of the puzzle that was Anushka before the story would reveal the answers. The characters were still very engaging and there were plenty of twist and turns that I didn’t see coming.