Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.
Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.
With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.
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It's been a couple years since I had read the previous book in this series yet within the first two pages, I was comfortably back in the world created by Ms. Snyder. A good deal of my comfort was due to the the wonderful characters that populate it.
Yelena and Valek have come far to develop a strong relationship that allows them each to shine and that takes work. They both have had to learn to control their over-protectiveness which would get in the way of stopping the Cartel. Ari and Janco remind me of brothers, deadly brothers. And there is Onora has really come into her own.
DAWN STUDY is a book that will stand on its own but to truly experience the richness of the world and the characters, I do recommend reading the entire series. If you enjoy fantasy with complex characters and a wonderfully developed world, then I highly recommend this book and series.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.