Despite my fears that this book would move on from Ceony and Thane, I was delighted when I started reading and it was a continuation of their story. As with the first book, I loved the complicated relationship between the two characters and how this was developed slowly throughout the book.
After Ceony had defeated Lira in the previous book, she thought that she’d be able to live happily ever after with Thane, progressing through her apprenticeship and maybe more. But it turns out that Lira’s accomplices aren’t very forgiving, and they want Ceony to undo the spell she placed on Lira. And when Thane decides to speak to the authorities about the problems, Ceony is not very happy to be left out, especially since it’s her life that is threatened. So she decides to take matters into her own hands (yet again), and with the help of her glass magician friend, she takes a perilous journey to take on the bad guys herself.
Unlike most of the reviewers on Goodreads, I found the romance in the book quite lovely. At times it seemed a little over the top, but it’s a young girl so that’s kind of to be expected. I found the action full of tension and perfectly described so that I felt like I could be there. The pacing of the book was quite nice, slow to begin with and picking up pace as the story continued. The development of our understanding of the magical world is great, we learn a lot more about the process of bonding with a material and what that entails and rather than just paper magic in the first book, we get a broader picture.
I really can’t wait for the third book in the series, I’m sure it’s going to be great!