5 Stars (again)
This is the second book in the Sevenwaters Trilogy. It made me very anxious, but I guess that is good because it made me want to read past my bed time in order to find out what happens next. It's not that it is packed with action and lots of adventures, but there is a lot of subterfuge going on. The way the book is written is to dispense with the valuable information a little at a time, which also keeps you on your toes. There was a lot of grief in this book as well (I can't say what happens as that would contain spoilers). I did note that sorrow was a theme in the first book as well. Not completely a HEA but enough of one that I felt satisfied (I am a HEA junkie).
This book follows Sorcha's daughter, Liadan (Sorcha is the main character from the first book). You don't need to have read the first book to understand this book, but it certainly would help in understanding the brief references to Lady Oonagh, Finbar's swan arm and the Fair Folk (see you already want to read the first one now). Liadan has to make a lot of tough decisions in this book, but she is so mature. One of my pet peeves is when the main character does or says stupid things throughout the book that make you groan. Liadan does not put you through that.
I love all the characters in this book. Many of the same characters from the first book are still there for us (Sorcha, Lubdan, Liam, Finbar, Conor). Bran is the unwilling and unlikely hero in this book. And there are many villains and half villains that pop up throughout the story. Bran's group of alpha misfits are endearing and loveable.
The overall story line of the trilogy is to regain the lost islands from the Britons. The theme for this particular book was trust. Liadan must learn who she can trust and who she can't. She guards her secrets close as she learns that those she can't always trust those that she should be able to trust. The story line is too intricate to give a synopsis here.