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Much is made of their connection with the brook horse, Isolfur, on whom they depend to accomplish their goals quickly. The brook horse appears to be similar to the water horse whose story is told in Outlander, except that the brook horse assumes the shape of an actual horse on land and can turn into a man in his underwater home. He can also travel through water, including underground streams, at a high rate of speed while keeping his rider dry (if he wants to), and this is the ability Arianna and Bolthorn are counting on. But Isolfur keeps failing to show up when he is needed, and when Arianna, at last, agrees to go with him to his underwater home so she can talk to him, she finds out that he has a completely different agenda than what they had thought.
They also discover that Sinmarra has come to Gautar, leaving horrible wolf-things to roam over the land. She has also taken over the castle, where
Arianna’s brothers now rule the country in her father’s place. They infiltrate the castle and free Rodric and Isabella only to flee across the countryside. It is not until Arianna has her talk with Isolfur that they have any hope of getting on to the next place they need to visit – the kingdom of Hunaland – to find out from her grandfather, if they can, what is the source of the mysterious power in Arianna’s family and how they might use it to defeat Sinmarra.
Overall it continues a good story. But it was frustrating how much came up to block Bolthorn and Arianna from their goal. And sad that there is likely still more pain and suffering before they can (hopefully) defeat Sinmarra and restore everything to its natural order.
The human Arianna, as a character, truly comes into her own during this second book in the Orc Saga. She is a well-developed main character who is passionate but often ineffectual at doing what is best or what is right. She questions her every step, every decision, until she learns to stop worrying and start acting in her best interests.
She and Bolthorn (her orc husband and clan chief to his people) must ride into danger to save not only the orcs but also the humans, elves, and everything else. They never know quite who they can trust nor what they can hope to accomplish when they arrive. It makes for a daring adventure with tense moments of action and suspense. Together they must challenge the powers that be and there is no guarantee they'll both come out the other side.
There's a brief lull in the middle where the characters' frustrations at being unable to act or make decisions crosses over into actual frustration on my part, but it is thankfully very brief and then the story gets moving again.
The third book in the Orc Saga is going to be intense and I can't wait to see how it all ends.