Top positive review
One of the best in the series
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much so that I tried to curb my natural tendency to speed through books so that I could prolong the experience.
I was excited to read things from Sicarius' point of view. I was worried it would feel forced or unnatural (IMO sometimes Akstyr's POV didn't seem as natural in his book), but it was perfect. I loved seeing how much Sicarius' feelings for both Sespian and Amaranthe dictate his choices, and he even realizes himself how different that is from how he used to make decisions.
Amaranthe is finally showing mental and physical repercussions from her time with Pike and Forge. That was something that bothered me about the previous book--she seemed to recover unnaturally quickly. But here we see that there are plenty of problems she has to deal with on a daily basis. In some ways the experience has really shaken her, in others she has become stronger. And I find it interesting that she is coming to understand Sicarius' views a bit better, all while he is coming around to her views too.
Some highlights--Sicarius' missions with his teammates, especially with Sespian. Amaranthe and Sicarius scenes. References to the short stories. Finding out a few more details of Sicarius' heritage. Oh, and while it's technically not part of this book, the preview to Part II was awesome--I cannot wait for that to come out! I love the Encrypted story and characters, so any tie-in with them is thrilling.
Finally, the cliffhanger was rather heart-wrenching. I'm not sure which was worse, the end of Book Four, or this one! I honestly don't know if all of the main characters will survive this series.