Karou finally knows who she is. She knows about her past life as Madrigal of the Kirin, executed for loving the enemy. But she also knows about Akiva’s betrayal and the suffering he has wrought upon her people and her world. Now, as the war between the Chimaera and the Seraphim explodes, Karou joins Thiago, the White Wolf, in crafting an army meant to inspire fear and bring destruction. Yet two questions remain unanswered: how far is Karou willing to go to protect her people — and is she even still one of them?
I absolutely loved this book! Laini Taylor’s writing was beautiful as always, and I enjoyed how she built upon the world that was established in the first book in the series. I liked this book a lot more as well — the stakes were so, so much higher, and it had a lot more depth. It explored darker themes of grief and betrayal and vengeance, making it so much more emotional than the shallow Romeo-and-Juliet-style romance of the first book could ever hope to be. Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot, and I would definitely recommend it!