Series: Bloodmark Saga #2
Publisher: Wise Ink Publishing
Genres: YA Paranormal/ Romance
My Rating: 4 Umbrellas
Werewolf princess Ashling Boru’s eighteenth birthday is only a year away, which means that she only has twelve months before she is claimed and fulfills her prophecy to unite the packs and lead her people. Her father decrees that her four suitors must fight in the Bloodrealms, the werewolves’ ancient underground fighting world, and the winner will have King Boru’s choice to win Ashling’s hand. The wolf laws are rigid and barbaric, and Ashling’s illicit love for Grey, if discovered, will mean his death. But when Ashling and Grey get trapped in the blood-soaked depths of the Bloodrealms, they find ancient horrors far greater than Ashling’s father’s rule.
With betrayal around every corner and old nemeses set to destroy Ashling, she is more divided than ever between the destiny she didn’t choose and the love that she did. To make matters worse, her decision will not only set the course of her future, but the future of her entire race.
*Actual rating 3.5*
I think that after reading the first two books in this saga, I will be reading the books that follow. Admittedly, I won’t be so eager to jump into them, but I do want to see where this goes. That being said, I liked this book. I like it better than book one, so as far as sequels go, I think the author delivered.
Let me start by saying that I dislike Ashling’s father with a passion. I hate that he has declared that the men he has chosen for Ashling to marry, must fight for her hand. And not just them, but Grey as well. That was all sorts of twisted and wrong. Ashling herself grows as a character in this book. Yes, she’s nearing her 18th birthday, but that is not it. She’s more aware, brave, driven; all while trying to recover emotionally from Adomnan’s attack. Her father who wants to “micro-manage” every aspect of her life. At first there’s self doubt that she would be able to rule her people, but she finds the courage and strength to dust herself off.
There are secrets, betrayals, and lots of action. The revelations and history in this book are interesting. That’s why I love sagas so much; I like the back stories of characters. I don’t want to give too much away about this one. There are parts that I didn’t like, simply because I felt like the author just wanted some tension between Ashling and Grey. Why? I haven’t a clue. I really didn’t see the point of it all, really.
As sequels go, it was better than I expected going in. I would recommend this to anyone who loves wolf, shifter-type stories. To read my review of book one, go HERE.