The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood
prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before - both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn's help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.
Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She needs each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon's only hope of ending the conflict.
For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon's doorstep...
I began this series a couple of months ago and have been eagerly anticipating the release of this book. Imagine my surprise when I got the email saying that I had received an ARC copy and to log on to my netgalley account. I literally squealed and was ready to dive straight back into this world of Namid, back to Lakeside Courtyard with Sam, Tess, Nathan and of course Simon and Meg.
Meg Corbyn has been living with the terra indigene in the Lakeside Courtyard for the past couple of months since escaping her compound and the Controller. However, Meg is special - she's a cassandra sangue who cuts her skin with a specially-designed silver razor to make prophecies. However, cassandra sangue become addicted to cutting themselves in an attempt to feel the euphoria that comes when they bleed. The cassandra sangue are also known as the sweet blood, as their blood is able to make humans and the terra indigene crazy-aggressive, or completely passive and lazy. So the Others hate Meg cutting their skin, not only because they are tempted to lick the blood, but also because according to legend, a cassandra sangue only has 1000 cuts before she dies.
I think Meg is a totally kick-ass heroine! Yes, she's emotionally unstable and weak, and can't take too much change and stimulus at once, but she's still incredibly brave and strong. She's able to deal with her addiction, to an extent, and is making a home for herself in the Courtyard.
I absolutely adore Simon - have since the first book. He's incredibly sweet and adorable, but is also the Leader of the Courtyard Others and is such the epitome of an alpha-male. His need to protect not only his pack, but what they fondly refer to as the human pack was sweet but also shows how noble, protective, and loyal Simon is. His over-protectiveness towards Meg was not only sweet but funny - they both don't seem to understand what is happening between the two of them.
'But Nathan was what humans called a work friend. Meg didn't spend much time with him away from the Liaison's Office. She didn't cuddle up with him to watch television or movies. She didn't share a bed with Nathan whether he was human or Wolf.
Those were things she only did with him because he was a different kind of friend. It was almost...'
This is also what I loved about this series - the romance, because come on we know that's where it's leading between these two, is slow building, with a massive emphasis on friendship and family being important. We finally see a change in their relationship towards the end of the book - which hopefully will be continued in the next book. There is a next book right?!
'As they walked toward the group waiting for them by cars, Simon's hand brushed against Meg's. He hesitated for a step or two; then he took her hand, ready to release her if she growled an objection. But after a startled look, she smiled and curled her fingers around his.'
I loved the insight we got into one of the other cassandra sangue's. Seeing her adapt to her surroundings, become comfortable with Jackson's pack in the Rockies, was awe-inspiring. She was incredibly brave and strong. Her need to cut was trumped by her need to draw - instead of cutting to tell prophecies, she drew her visions. Another kick-ass cassandra sangue. The name she chose for herself in the end was hopefully prophetic - maybe she's the proof that the cassandra sangue are going to be alright in the normal world. I want a Hope novella, pretty please Anne Bishop?
'"Hope," she said, hearing the truth in the word.
He cocked his head. "What?"
She gave him a brilliant smile. "My name is Hope."
And Nathan Wolfgard. How you stole thy heart. I absolutely fell in love with Nathan in this book. He was an alpha-male through and through and I absolutely adore this sweet, loving, gentle enforcer. He is a BAMF! Yes guys, I did just say that. Cringey, I know - but I have no other words to describe this Wolf. I also wouldn't mind a Nathan novella...
Nicholas Scratch is an asshole - has been throughout the entire series. He's a pain in the terra indigene's side, and could lead to the extinction of the humans in Thasia. Let me tell you, when this bigotted, narcisstic idiot dies, because we all know Simon's going to tear him to shreds sooner of later, no tears of mine will be shed. I will shout with joy and probably throw a party.
This series is incredibly amazing, different yes, but also kick-ass! So guys, I'm telling you get reading.
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.