Finished on May 20, 2019
GIVEN A FREE COPY FOR REVIEW
Joining the Hunters means Roxanne no longer has to run and hide, but her life is still not her own. With her lineage coming to light, she now has a clan to answer to, too. Will she always be at the service of someone, or will she one day gain autonomy over her life?
Her clan does not embrace her as she hoped they would. They look down on her for her lineage, and they don’t trust her. More people than ever surround her, yet she’s also more alone than ever.
When a little girl goes missing, Roxanne becomes the prime suspect. To survive, Roxanne will have to choose between being labeled a traitor and cast out as a rogue – or join hands with the darker powers to save her life, and the lives of her friends.
I was given a free copy of this book for review.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment of this series, and I liked the second one even more. The excitement is amped up in ‘Heir of Doom’. The questions posed in book one are answered, but they open up their own cans of worms for Roxanne.
I felt like the pacing was better in this book. (I had no issues with the pacing in book one.) A lot happens in this installment, but at no point does it feel rushed or confusing or overwhelming. This book was easy for me to devour, and I wish I had the third book in my hands already.
I liked how the hierarchies of the clans and the Sidhe, both, were portrayed. In many of the character’s cases, they want to do better by Roxanne but are limited by their statuses within their societies. Most of them recognize that Roxanne has been abused from the start of her life, but they can only do so much to help her. The tension this creates made for a compelling plot.
Roxanne’s character develops a lot through this book. We see her tenderness and humanity a lot more than in book one. Her friendship with Vicky brings it out the most, but we see it with Zantry and Mwara, too. She’s still hurt, jaded, and ever-suspicious, as she should be based on her experiences, but she still wants to believe people are good. And she wants to do good, too.
Roxanne and Logan’s relationship is totally different in this book, and that felt weird to me at first. But, once I understood where both she and Logan rank within their clan, it made sense. Besides, just because two people go through something harrowing together, doesn’t mean they are destined to fall madly in love.
I’m unsure if I was sent an ARC of this novel, but there were several spelling and grammatical errors. All stuff easily fixed with another round of edits.
The book wraps up this chapter of Roxanne’s story nicely, but I felt a little disappointed that Vicky’s story was left hanging. I hope that’s going to be resolved in the third book.
All that said, I very much look forward to the next installment of this series, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fantasy adventure.