A shining city promises death. Tara must go there anyway.

In this thrilling sequel to Awaken, Tara must choose between the impossible. She knows she isn’t the person everyone wants her to be; wants nothing to do with the rebellion and strange powers that are as likely to kill her friends as her enemies. But the Prezedant has Ben, her only remaining kin. She made a promise to save him. A promise she can only keep if she tries anyway.

 When they finally reach the seat of the Prezedant’s power, a masquerade ball becomes the perfect stage to set in motion a plan to save Ben. It will begin and end there in a battle against the tyrant and a daring escape that will shake the world.

 It will shake Tara, too, as she learns truths that change everything she had believed about herself.

The first in the series was really good so I high hopes for the sequel and Michelle Bryan somehow managed to make it even better than first. There is just more of everything to the point you feel like you aren’t reading a book but have been pulled into an action movie! I felt like I was rushing headlong through the river rapids because I was exploding so fast through this book. You just keep turning page after page as Bryan pushes you through a rollercoaster of adventure.

 I got to be reminded all over that it’s not just her writing style I love but her characters as well who she writes to the point you have to remember these aren’t real people. And her dialogue! It’s quirky, fun and most importantly realistic. It’s what makes her characters feel like friends you’re joining on their thrill ride to something better. She writes these beautifully complex characters that evolve to show different sides of their personalities as they have to adapt to the changes in their lives.

 I can’t wait for the third one because she’s proven to have the talent needed to write a good series that draws you in and keeps you coming back for more.

 Thank you to Netgalley and Aelurus Publishing for allowing me to review this book.

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