Published: September 16th 2014 by Balzer + Bray
After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.
Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother’s prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.
I had high hopes for this book, in almost every way. I was only disappointed in the lack of Romantic progress. I know their circumstances were difficult, but there was still some opportunity here.
The book starts with an unknown girl trying to figure out who she is, where she is, and how she got there. She don’t remember anything. After searching briefly she finds a boy around the same age as her lying only a few dozen feet away. Turns out he is in the same position as her and can’t remember anything either. They don’t trust each other and eventually find out their names and just a few facts about themselves. Who they were didn’t surprise me and I think most people could guess right away.
In alternating chapters we follow Iolanthe and Titus though school, where many unexpected events happen, while in the future they are trying to survive with no memory. (Don’t worry, I haven’t told you anything you won’t learn for yourself in the first four chapters or so.)
There is so much that goes on in this book I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next! There’s more magic, more of Titus’s mother’s visions, and wyverns trying to attack Iolanthe and Titus.
In this book we learn more about the past of both of the characters and about the missions that they have both decided to risk their lives for. I was thrown into a world with them, almost as clueless as they were, and while I hated it at the time, it kept me reading and offered a very good ending.
★★★★ ½ The only thing I wish was different is more romance. I’m not usually one for more than a little romance in a book, but I found myself wanting these two to beat the odds and be together.