Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana'Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells' inner turmoil, Raisa's best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she's falling in love.
Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?
Wow! I loved this book. I couldn’t wait for it to come out and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The story continued with the same characters and their issues. Of course epic tension and battles. For a while I wasn’t sure the book was going to finish up and I’d have to wait for yet another book but I was very happy to say that enough of the storyline was sorted out to end on a good note, yet….There are still a few open ends to continue the storyline if author so chooses to do so. I have read other novels by Cinda Williams Chima and while they were good, this series is the best one she has written to date. I will be excited to see if the story continues or if she decides to write a new series all together – either way I will be reading the next book this author puts out. I give this book a 5 star rating. Great adventure and amazing characters!