Today's post is on Empire of Night by Kelly Armstrong. It is the second in her Age of Legends trilogy. It is 424 pages long and is published by Harper. The cover is dark with a monster on it. The intended reader is someone who likes fantasy mixed with horror, good female characters, and politics. There is some language, no sex, and violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the two main characters. There Be Spoilers Ahead.
From the dust jacket- SISTERS MORIA AND ASHYN ARE THE KEEPER AND SEEKER OF EDGEWOOD.
OR AT LEAST, THEY WERE.
Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now, they are all but prisoners in court, forced to watch and wait while the Emperor decides whether to help the children of Edgewood, who remain hostages of the treacherous Alvar Kitsune.
But when the emperor finally sends the girls on a mission to rescue the children - accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of men - the journey proves more perilous than any of them could have imagined. With lies and unrest mounting in the empire, Moria and Ashyn will have to draw on every bit of influence and power they possess to unite their people and avert an all-out war.
Review- I loved the first book in this trilogy and this one lives up to it. It picks up right the last novel stopped with everything still in motion. The children are still missing, the empire is on the brink of war, and no one knows what Kitsune wants. Although the story takes place over about two months, you do not feel the time. Everything happens so quickly from one to next. That said you can follow everything that happens, nothing is confusing. We get some new characters and some light romance. I want Moria to choose the prince, I like him better. In the end we get to see more of the evil things that Kitsune has summoned back from the darkness.
I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.