Summary (via Goodreads): The road to power… is paved with blood and magic.
Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.
Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.
Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.
After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over…
At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas’s hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia’s, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus’s, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.
When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius’s road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.
My Thoughts: This is where I feel the series started picking up, especially after the way the first book ended. A rebellion is forming around Jonas, Cleo is now being forced the marry Prince Magnus, Magnus is dealing with issues with his father and Lucia is in a coma.
What I like about the book is that it expands the story and develops the characters. Cleo who literally had the worst days of her life is engaged to someone who she despises. This is where I feel her character gets some development. I also like her interactions with both Jonas and Magnus, and even though she is a princess she doesn’t put up with any of their crap either.
Jonas, also got a lot of development in terms of being the new leader of the rebellion and kinda feeling that he doesn’t have what it takes to take on the king with his band of rebels. I like his plan to kidnap Cleo on her wedding day, and hold her hostage in order to get what he wants.
Magnus is the only character I don’t really connect with in terms of development. I get that he is suppose to a dark prince like Prince Zuko from Avatar, but there are times where he sides with a father and times when you see him break away from his father and having a “dear God, what have I done” moment. I also didn’t like him lusting after his adoptive sister. I know Lucia is adopted but it just seems weird.
I also like that you get to see how much a dick King Gaius is. who I kinda envision as the Mad King from Game of Thrones
Lucia spent most of the book in a coma, but still communicating in the spirit world and trying to discover her power that her father is trying to use to take over the kingdom.
In the end I really enjoyed this book, while it did have some pacing issues and you almost felt that you needed a chart to know who wants to be with what person. It did keep me entertained to read what happens next.