Rating: 5 stars out of 5
The blood sacrifices have brought rain to Demonside, but across the void, the Warlock College of Vinland is still storing and gathering magic, heedless of the warnings of the international magical community. The underground is full of warlocks who disagree with the college, but do they care about wizards and demons or only about snatching power?
With a foot in each world, Angus is no longer sure whom he can trust. The demons don’t trust humans, and even though he is learning more magic, he will never be one of them. He is human and only tolerated. Some demons would be happy to slit his throat. It’s only because his demon is powerful in his own right that Angus is alive.
Saka only has a year to prove that Angus’s people can change and that the magic taken will be rebalanced, but the demons want action. His affection for Angus is clouding his judgment and weakening his position in the tribe. Time is running out, and he must make a choice.
I was so excited to see Angus and Saka again and I was disappointed. This story was just as in depth and thought out as the last one. This story seems to pick up just after the last book when Angus and the trainees are in demonside following Angus’ injury. This book was even more trying for these characters as they continue to try and help both worlds.
The story’s focus was still primarily on solving the problem of rebalancing the magic in Demonside and fixing the problems in Vineland but we continue to see Angus and Saka’s relationship blossom and Angus continue to grow his relationship with Terrance in the human world. Angus is torn between them both but also trying to decide how to deal with the growing doubt he has in the underground.
We got to see both Angus and Saka’s points of view throughout the story. Both were torn between the one they loved and doing what is “right” for their people. Saka continues to have push back from others in his tribe while he is trying to keep the peace and mend the rift between the two worlds. I felt the most for Angus because he seemed to be having to have so many different faces depending on who he was talking to he always seemed to have to stay on guard for one reason or another. As I see this story continue it makes me even more anxious for the next book to come out for a conclusion.
Cover art by Catt Ford is wonderful and connects well with the setting of the story.
ebook, 284 pages
Published: May 22, 2018 by DSP Publications
Edition Language: English
Series: Studies in Demonology #2