It’s probably been almost a month since I’ve read this book, and as is typical for me, a lot of the specific details have already faded. This will be a sort of mini-review instead. You can read my review for the first book in the series here.
The main trio of characters – Winter, Marcus, and Janus – have made it back to the capital. Political shenanigans are afoot, and they most help thwart the ambitions of the Duke Orlanko. Princess Raesinia is introduced as a new character that the readers follow, and she too is trying to undermine Orlanko’s schemes.
I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked a lot of the soldiers from Winter’s regiment, but most only appeared briefly in this book, assuming they appeared at all. Winter was given a task to do separate from Marcus and Janus, and when she actually left to do it, her character felt isolated from the rest of the story. I didn’t like her as much in this book as I did in the previous.
Janus’ pragmatism is awesome to the point of being almost comedic. If I had to guess, I’d say the time/world in this book would parallel the East India Trading Company and The Three Musketeers; so 1600’s. Some of things women got to do – and that Janus allowed/supported – are highly unlikely for such a time period. Even Marcus’ “old-fashioned” beliefs aren’t realistic. But then again, there are plenty of books stuffed with sexism, violence, and other such things, so if you need that in a book to enjoy it, just read a different series.
Winter’s plot was disappointing, but Marcus and Janus had some funny lines and the end of the book was exciting.
Winter is sent by Janus to infiltrate a group of women, where she crosses paths with her former [female] lover. They had some drama and some flirting, and I had just as little interest in their romantic story line as I do with the vast majority of romantic story lines. In the first book Winter had to put on a brave face and be smart and creative to overcome obstacles, but in this one it felt like she was Nero, fiddling over stupid emotional “dilemmas” while Rome/Vordan burned. I’m very unforgiving regarding romance though, so some may like it.