Kate has escaped the clutches of the High Council and Silas has left Albion for the continent. But their lives are forever linked and as the veil weakens, causing Albion’s skilled to fear for everyone’s safety, Silas and Kate find themselves drawn together by the mysterious and corrupt Dalliah Grey.
– Publisher’s Blurb
The second book in Jenna Burtenshaw’s Wintercraft trilogy (you can read my review of the first book from last year by clicking on this link) takes us down a darker path as Kate and Edgar, find themselves, having to run for their lives, when The Skilled, scared of the powers Kate possesses, turn on her, Edgar, her ever faithful friend refuses to abandon her, whatever the cost.
Meanwhile, Silas, attempts to make a run to the continent, to search out the mysterious Dalliah Grey. The story switches between the two chases, Silas trying to evade those after him, and Edgar and Kate trying to do the same while making out of The City Below.
I don’t think I’ve giving anything away when I say, neither of these two chases, goes that well for any of them Not only do they have to worry about old enemies (and people they thought were friends) but there is the almost mythical and very much feared, Blackwatch. This ancient group has earned the fear, they receive. Their machinations run deeper than just being after them though, and as the story develops, it soon becomes clear that Silas, Kate and Edgar have much more to worry about than they first thought.
As they cling to each other physically and emotionally, Kate and Edgar draw closer to each other, and their friendship strengthens, this isn’t really a romance as such (at least not yet) but it makes it all the more rewarding, watching the important bits develop rather than being distracted by the mushy bits, and they really don’t have time for the mushy stuff anyway!
Silas may find answers from Dahilla Grey, whether they will be the answers he was looking for, or whether their ‘price’ will be more than he can afford to pay, takes center stage, as Silas, Kate’s and Edgar’s lives are about to collide once again.
Again, Silas continues to develop in to a fantastic character, initially in Wintercraft he was the bad-guy of the piece, but as anyone who has read the first book, will know he becomes much more than that. Whilst he would likely deny the fact, deep down Silas is a decent bloke with a good sense of honour. Then there’s the bond between Kate and Silas, tied to their powers, and their futures.
I said at the start, is a darker instalment of the trilogy. I have no idea if Jenna Burtenshaw has a happier future mapped out for her characters in the last book, but for the moment at least, it’s not found in this one.
As for the ending of this one, and as a little teaser about things, I leave you with Jenna’s response to a tweet I sent her on finishing the book…
If you are a fan of the series, you are going to be chomping at the bit for final book once you finish this one!
Make sure you stop by tomorrow, when Jenna will be stopping by for a chat as part of her blog-tour.
My copy of Wintercraft: Blackwatch was provided by the publisher for review purposes.