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I loved this book even more then the first one. Irina’s life has been turned upside down ever since she found out that the man she thought she knew was not only a real magic user, but had no qualms about killing anyone who got in his way. Since the events of the first book, Irina has a shard of the dragon god Jaegger’s essence in her palm, which helps her communicate with Jaegger and helps her not be susceptible to Parnaby’s magical influence, she and her relationship with Leonin is growing stronger every day, and Vernon is acting a lot more different then he used to before he was killed and brought back to life.
While doing a magic show, the last act involving teleportation goes wrong when a woman named Aeonia is in the place where Parnaby is supposed to be. She says that Parnaby has a special magical amplifier that she wants Irina to steal for her, and she hints that she may actually know about the shard in Irina’s left hand, something no one else knows about. After the show, Parnaby tries to figure out what happened and what went wrong, while Leonin and group are told that a family of 14 have been poisoned, so they all head off to find the murderer before he or she can strike again.
I read this book so fast because I loved every single minute of it. Parnaby is a great villain, Leonin and Irina’s love for one another is just so sweet and magical to read about, and Vernon’s new life is kind of heartbreaking to see how much he has changed and see him coming to grips with his new life. There’s a whole new batch of well-developed characters and you keep hoping that Irina’s life with calm down and she can be happy with Leonin, but there’s always going to be something that will try to pull them apart. I can’t wait till the next installment of the series is out.
***Review has been done with conjunction with Nerd Girl Official***
I keep saying I’m not into YA fiction, but authors like Melissa Giorgio keep proving me wrong. LOL I was pulled into this saga when I read The Fading Dusk and jumped at the opportunity of reviewing its sequel. Melissa doesn’t disappoint in the least. If on the one hand, Irina’s character is evolving at the same time she’s maturing, we can’t avoid rooting for her and wishing her a respite or even a little break. Growing pains is a dull expression to describe how she’s being tested by fire every turn of the way. Since the events of The Fading Dusk, Irina doesn’t know who to trust or who to turn to when she needs help, so she’s forced to rely on herself. Granted, that makes her stronger; but, at what cost?
On the other hand, readers are treated to a solid romance storyline as Leonid and Irina’s love evolve. They’re cute together so at least there we get a little breathing from the mystery and the drama that Irina’s life has become.
Melissa Giorgio’s skills at character development and world building continue to astound the readers as does her artful plot and subplots. Smoke and mirrors is the name of the series for good reason. You should remember that as you read the books. Moreover, by letting Irina tell the story in first person POV, the author limits what the readers know to only what the character knows, which adds to both our involvement with the story and the sense of mystery and danger surrounding us as we delve into the book.
On a very personal note, my heart went to Irina when she had to pack the bare essentials. Having done so myself exactly one year ago to come to California to take my Master’s degree, I totally relate to her and the odd feeling of having to say goodbye to things. I’m aware this comment seems out of place; but, my policy of not writing spoilers stands so I’m vague. When you read the book you’ll understand my meaning. It’s a poignant scene and one that I cherished.
As I progressed towards the end of this installment of the series, I couldn’t help but feel a bit sad I would have to wait to read the next one. I can’t wait to follow Irina and the gang in their journey into the unknown.
I recommend this book for fans of good, intelligent fantasy books and anyone looking for an excellent story. Don’t be fooled by the YA label. There’s so much more to this series.
I can't wait to read book 3, and By the Morning Light, the novella which comes from the series.