Sunday, May 30, 2010
Synopsis: The stakes are rising, and Rika finds it harder to ignore Faerie politics. As a former mortal and now a solitary faery, she has relished the isolation and freedom of the desert. But new players are seeking power, and old allies are imperiled. As tensions mount, Rika must decide whether—and how—to act to save her independence and her romance with Jayce.
My Review: The second volume continued the story wonderfully. Though at the beginning it took me a bit to realize that there was a small time skip. So don't be totally confused like I was! Shionnach (I probably spelled that wrong) is trying to reign in the desert fey. Where there are no ties to any court or king, it is only brute force that keeps the fey in line. Shionnach is the Alpha in the desert, but his place is being challenged by Maili. Maili believes that Shi has grown weak due to his affection for humans and mortally wounds Shi with multiple stabs with a rusty iron spike. Leaving him to die from the poison running through his veins, he is only found when Rika and Jayce stumble upon his body. With Shi out of commission Rika discovers that she'll have to step up as Alpha.
I liked how Rika's character has progressed. She started off very inward, never wanting to be involved with other faeries. She just wanted to be left alone to her art. Though it took much prodding and some stimulus from Shi to get her out of her own little world, she finally is taking notice of the rest of the world. She stands up to Keenan and makes her point to Maili and the other fey through force.
My only critiques yet again are that there just seemed to be 4-6 page stretches with no dialogue, internal thoughts, or anything! Yes I like to look at pretty pictures but when there's a fight scene going on I want witty dialogue, not just lots of drawings! At times I kind of struggled to follow what was going on. The dialogue was choppy at times and suddenly switched randomly, or so it seemed until I went back and re-read it a couple of times. I would have really liked to see Jayce and Rika's romance DEVELOP. It just seems like "oh first kiss" to "I love you!" Don't get me wrong I love the two as a couple, but I just wish there would have been transitional time for them to grow first.
One more thing before I finish. DONIA'S BACK! Woot woot! I adored the way they introduced Donia again at the very end! I'm dying for the 3rd one because I can't wait to get more of Donia! Just has me eagerly awaiting at the edge of my chair! I have to show you guys a pic because I think she's beautifully drawn! Can't wait for the 3rd volume! That way I can devour it in under an hour like I did with the other two. :P
Posted by Ky at 1:05 PM