Princess Katya Nar Umbriel’s uncle Roland rose from the grave, kidnapped her cousin, and stripped her of her greatest weapon—her Fiendish power. Without her Fiend, Katya doubts her ability to weather the storm her uncle is brewing. When she lacks what even the children in her family possess, can she even call herself an Umbriel?
In only a short time, Starbride has become the princess consort, a pyradisté, and a member of a secret order in charge of protecting the crown. Even steeped in responsibility, she’s still an outsider. While wading through court intrigue and resisting schemes to break her bond with Katya, Starbride must prepare for a covert war. Roland is waiting, watching, ready for any chink in their armor, and he doesn’t care who knows their secrets.
ARGH. The author did it to me again. I loved this book so much, I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it was without giving away too much.
My favorite characters returned, and they’re even MORE amazing in this book than they are in the first, if possible. If you want to read this book and didn’t read The Pyramid Waltz, stop and go back. Do NOT read this one without it, because you don’t want to miss out on the awesome, and you’ll be confused.
There are so many fun moments in this book tossed amidst the chaos and fighting. And they usually come in two short words. Examples? Stud Hugo. Naked parade. Those two phrases cracked me up so badly for quite some time.
Hugo is sweet in the first book, and he’s really starting to come into his own in this book. He might still be very young, but it’s clear he knows what he must do as a young lord.
Pennynail. PENNYNAIL! Between him and Hugo I kept swooning. I just loved them! And readers FINALLY get to see who Pennynail really is. If that’s not incentive enough to read this book, I don’t know what is!
Two new characters who are pretty badass and climbing the ranks of my favorites are Castelle and Ursula. Castelle is a former lover of Katya’s, but she’s loyal to the crown. For some reason when I picture her, I see a pirate, even though she’s not. She’s a Baroness! And Ursula is the Captain of the Watch for the city, and though she’s skeptical, she is smart and sticks with what she knows is right.
I cannot wait for the next book. There HAS to be because it leaves off on a terrible cliffhanger and I just want to throttle the author for that. But I know it’ll be well worth any way I must endure because Barbara Ann Wright’s books just keep getting better and better!
This book will be available May 2013. You can now preorder the book from Bold Strokes Books.