Summary: Whirlwind romance and breathtaking action continues in the sequel to Let the Sky Fall, which Becca Fitzpatrick called “charged and romantic.”
Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.
But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.
With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?
Review: Even though I thought that Let the Sky Fall was good, I wasn’t overly eager to continue the story. I liked the ideas and the romance was tasteful and did not overpower the story, but I wasn’t completely hooked. It was one of the reasons that I kept putting it on-hold despite having an access to an early copy. But Vane and Audra’s story is something else for me; something that I’m still interested and once I picked it up and gained the much needed drive to read, there was no turning back.
I was greeted with Vane’s whining on how terrible it was to be a king, and the add-ons (responsibilities) of being one. And one of them is that he was supposed to marry this girl to continue the line. Yes, there’s a new girl but he dismissed that idea flat-out.Vane still has Audra in his mind and he was giving her the time she needs. While Audra still sorting her issues out.
It’s a wonder for me why I didn’t instantly like Vane in the first book. Oh no, don’t give me that look, I do like him…just fine. I just don’t like him enough to make him memorable to me. I think he was almost going to the boring territory, with all the gaps he didn’t know at that time. But with all these things people are putting him in; his whiny side, which barely registered before (to me) kinda gave his character a little bit of personality. I know that it should give me the opposite effect, but nope, I actually like this side of his. His sarcastic attitude actually gave much needed zest to the situation (although he was sometimes (unintentionally) hurtful). I also came to like other characters which I didn’t get to do in the first book.
If my view on Vane positively changed (even for a bit) Audra was still the same for me, which I think is still good, meaning that she is consistent to her character. Although she got herself in a difficult situation so that kept me interested on her side of the story (thanks to the betrayal of this person again). I was also one time worried about their bond. And after learning that there was way to break it kind of build up the moment to me. For Vane, I laud him when people doubted his feeling for her, he firmly stood his ground about their relationship; that said a lot about him and his feelings for her. So while I may not be swooning, waving banners, or cheering them on like a cheerleader, I still like them to be together.
I think the great part of this book for me is that it tried to enlighten about their history, particularly with Raiden. I also learned more about him, what drives him to do these things to them. The events were also more intense compare to the previous book, especially the later parts when Raiden has Audra and Vane was trying to get her back. It was the height of the story for me. So I was totally surprised with how it ended. Oh man, you know how to lure readers in. I’m so excited, and Vane you better to do it, man (and succeed). You need to!
Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: “A lyric had been added, singing of bravery and searching for truth and carrying on the fight. But mostly it was about the wind.” — Audra (from Uncorrected Galley Proof)