“He had four girls chained in there, experimenting on them. One hadn’t survived it. I freed the others.” I turned to Matthew. “Will they be safe tonight?” “The girls are fleeing Requiem. Two will live. Third wouldn’t in any scenario.” My heart sank. Selena said, “So you made the Alchemist pay.” Seriously? “I didn’t want to hurt him, never wanted to kill anyone. Part of me refused to believe that only one of us was getting out of here alive. Not until he told me to dig my new collar out of those remains and put it around my neck!” “Duuude,” Finn murmured, the word imbued with sympathy. “Looks like the Alchemist dicked with the wrong chick.” I didn’t deny that, because, well, he had.
Evie has now come to terms with her new powers and she’s determined to not only use them, but to use them for good
The others aren’t so sure that’s possible, especially as all the alliances in the past have failed.
“Should’ve said good-bye. Arcana and non-Arcana mix poorly.” Matthew sighed. “Dee-vee-oh stares at you when you don’t see. Hunter. Watching. You’re the angel atop the Christmas tree that he can never reach. Gift beneath that he can’t unwrap.”
Evie and Jackson never seem to be able to be truly together, something’s always working to separate them.
And things get even crazier when Death comes into the picture.
I gave this book a 3.8 out of 5 stars. I have to say that I am liking Evie more and more as she discovers who she is and makes decisions on who she wants to be. She is no longer the helpless girl she was in The Poison Princess, she’s now more of an empress (heh heh). She does still have her inner struggles with who she used to be and not letting that overtake who she is now, but she’s working to handle that. She does get kidnapped by Death in this book, which I think is exciting because I really like him (Yes, he’s threatened her and whatnot, but I still like him). After you read this book you might as well 😉 , he’s still a controlling guy so he does make some mistakes which don’t endear him to Evie but what controlling guy doesn’t do stupid things? I did feel that this book was more of a connector in the series in that it furthers Evie and Jack’s relationship but it also introduces another major character who brings all new conflicts into Evie’s life. You do learn a lot more about Death and why he is the way he is, and of course the evil past empress had a hand in what he became (and how he treats Evie). Remember that this is the second installation of a series in which only the first three books are out and Ms. Cole does love to end on a cliffhanger . This could end up being a long series (her website says minimum five books) and her other series Immortals After Dark has over 11 books in the series (but that series has different couples in each story, so it doesn’t suck as much to have to wait…).