This novel starts slowly, one is never quite sure if Eviana is actually going to follow through with her plan to leave the arranged marriage and all of the expectations that have been imposed on her by the position of her birth.
Though one wants Eviana to be happy, you can't feeling sorry for Kain. It's quite clear from the start that he is devoted to her and is willing to do whatever it takes to make her happy.
Things really start to get interesting when Eviana runs off with her Selke boyfriend Brendan, leaving a trail of broken hearts and a dangerous imbalance of power in the clans.
Brendan is in danger and Eviana is forced to go to the one person on earth with any reason to help her save him, Kain.
Though I tried, very hard not to pick a side in this ordeal, I am clearly team Kain.
I wasn't sure and tried to give the runaway lovebirds the benefit of the doubt, but I just couldn't do it.
Kain was there, doing what he had too, and tearing my heart apart on the process.
That coupled with all the loss of war and other unexpected plot twists more than made up for the lull at the beginning.
Just when I thought that my heart was safe, I started to read "Betrayal". Although I think that this book should have been called "Betrayals". There were way more than one, and from such unexpected sources.
I really respect the amount of maturity that Eviana shows in this book. I can't say that it makes up for the immaturity of the first book, but it is a welcome change.
Her powers are getting stronger and she is really coming into her own as clan leader, but there are always reminders of just how high the costs of her gains are.
There are so many men in this book that Eviana is either attracted to, in love with, or in heart-tugging flux over, that it is nice to have Lucian as a clear off limits baddie.
Lucian's thirst for power knows no bounds and you are always on your toes, wondering how far he's going to go or what he's going to do next.
If all of this is not enought, there is WAR.
This is an emotional roller coaster that readers won't want to get off once they have started the ride.
Arise was Kain's time to shine, and I loved every minute of it. After everything that they have gone through, there he was once again to save his lady love. (With some help from very unexpected sources)
Just when I thought that things couldn't get any weirder with Lucian, there are some revelations that throw me for a serious loop. (besides the whole kidnapping thing)
There is much more war and loss and tons of heartbreak, but there is a silver lining.
This book was a very fitting in to a great series, and I loved every minute.
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