Destined from birth to be the next empress of Emperion, Allyssa grew up at court weighed down by the expectations of the crown. Kingdom and duty always came first.
Having survived the brutal kingdom of Russek, she is given the choice to walk away and live a peaceful, quiet life. But it also means giving up everything she knows and everyone she loves. Before she decides, word reaches her about an assassination attempt. Donning her secret persona—that of a vigilante—she sets out to eliminate her enemy once and for all.
As Allyssa fights the demons of her past to save her future, she realizes she never had a choice. She can either embrace her destiny or be caged by it.
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Though there were things about the previous book in the series that bothered me and awkward dialogue/description combos at the beginning of this one, I’m declaring this the author’s BEST BOOK EVER. I read this in a single day and that hasn’t happened in months. I WAS SO STOKED AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH OH MY GOSH.
The themes of balancing duty and love from the first series have carried over into Reign of Secrets. That’s probably my favorite thing about this series (tied with Kerdan’s existence, of course).
Okay, so I admit I was resistant to what I thought this would be about, given the ending of book #2. But then the author brought back one of my favorite characters in the series and another favorite character and I AM IN LOVE.
Allyssa has grown up so much. SO MUCH. Comparing her character from book #1 to the end of this is incredible. Her development was gradual by degree and painful (as growth is in real life). I feel the author’s portrayal was complex and layered, exactly as I would have asked.
I’m madly in love with Kerdan and still want to marry him. I am going to leave it at that because everything else I want to say IN ALL CAPS is a spoiler.
Darmik is hilarious as a dad, I’m just going to say. So is my Favorite Character of the original trilogy. <3