Book Synopsis: Weeks have passed since Ariana and Alec escaped from Kellen’s dungeon, but danger isn’t far behind them. The guilt of his past weighs heavily on Alec’s shoulders, and his secrets only push Ariana further away. As they travel through unknown lands and encounter multiple threats, their biggest challenge might be trusting one another.

The world appears to be going on regardless of the risks Ariana faces. The Duillaine insist that they are doing everything they can to find Ariana, but their actions betray that claim. Despite the danger and the war closing in around them, all of Anscombe seems to be more interested in the upcoming Imbolc festival and Terrena’s betrothal than rescuing Ariana.

Well…not everyone.

Tired of waiting for the Duillaine to help her twin, Zelene starts plotting on her own and finds a surprising ally in Rhaya, even as the Cynewards prepare to make a move of their own. But Zelene’s plans go awry when she finds herself with a new ability, a mysterious new friend, and more enemies within the walls of Anscombe than she thought.


I want to start this review by thanking the Author for allowing me to review this fantastic book, 2nd in her Heirs of War Series, so thank you Mara.

This book was even better than the first one which is always grate for a second book in a series. The four girls that we met in the first book, who will be the leaders in this world in the future were developed even further. And from this development you were able to see how strong they will be together as rulers in the future.

Ariana the girl who was captured by Kellen their enemy in the first book is rescued by her sisters and cousins and brought back to Anscomb. Along with the girl called Sheridan who believed that she was Kellan’s daughter but was in fact the kidnapped daughter of one of the Dullaine Baniers.

In this book we also see the murder of one of the minor characters, a maid at the hands of the man who everyone believes is the man who is to marry Zelene, and as a result get to see the funeral rights that are followed in the world.

The further development of the world which the story is set in enables the reader to see how the leadership etc. in the world(s) work.

We also learn what Zelene’s gift is which is to see the dead which means that she sees her mother, her ex boyfriend as well as her best friend after she died.

I loved the developments in this part of the story so much that I gave the book 5 stars, and I am sure I will love all the future books in this series that I read as Mara Velderran the author has such a captivating way of telling the story which means that the books are hard to put down.