Book 2 (Book 1: Black City)
Ash and Natalie are just starting to build a life together when things in the United Sentry States go from bad to worse. Ash and Natalie find themselves at the center of turmoil when dictator Purian Rose threatens Natalie’s life unless Ash votes in favor of Rose’s Law—a law that will send Darklings and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp known as the Tenth. When Ash can’t bring himself to trade Natalie’s life for those of millions of Darklings, her fate is sealed. Enter Elijah Theroux, the handsome Bastet boy Natalie once saved from her mother’s labs, where he’d been experimented on and tortured. It was his venom the Sentry used to create the lethal Golden Haze, the heart of the government conspiracy that led to Black City’s uprising and Ash’s rebirth as the Phoenix, the face of the rebellion. Elijah is back and Ash doesn’t like him; it’s clear he’s taken with Natalie, and Ash fears she may have feelings for him as well.
But Elijah also may have the answer to taking down Purian Rose for good—a powerful weapon called the Ora. Ash, Natalie and Elijah just have to escape Black City undetected to find it. But fleeing the city and finding this weapon (if it even exists) are easier said than done, and the quest could tear Ash and Natalie apart, even pushing them into the arms of others.
So I liked this book a lot. This book is way more action packed then the first. It’s full of rebellions, escapes, and exploring new places. In terms of romance the book was a lot like the first. Ash and Natalie are still together and then Ash does something stupid, threatening their relationship but very quickly all is forgiven. I understand that being bloodmates makes them soulmates but that appears to be an excuse as to why they are supposed to be together and I would like to see something stronger. They get conflicted with their feelings so much that you could use a reminder as to why they like each other besides being bloodmates. Ash sort of annoys me in this book. I understand he is the face of the rebellion but he didn’t do too much to deserve that, other than dying in the previous book. He does participate a lot in terrorist like acts but I want him to really do some good, such as find the Ora, be shown helping people rather than causing destruction, and confronting Rose. I think the next book will really bring out his potential. Natalie is enjoyable and I suspected what she was dealing with throughout the book. ie By the end of the book though I suspected that she might be pregnant and only the next book will tell if I’m right or if she’s just experience some symptoms. I’ve always like Natalie and she continues to be entertaining, both smart and fearless. I really love Elijah as a character though he did disappoint me a bit at the end. Hopefully there will be more of him. I found him to be a sexy and kind hearted character. I would have really liked their to be a glossary explaining all the different types of darklings and other creatures. The book ends really climatic and shocking and I can’t wait for the next book.
There will be another book in this series.