Library Journal Review
Lin Amaristoth is seer and court poet of the Kingdom of Eivar, and as such, she is called on to assist in the neighboring realm of Kahishi, whose border villages are under attack. King Eldakar wants Lin and her contingent to discover if the Fire Dancers, a secretive group known to possess their own magical skills, are responsible. As Lin digs deeper into the mystery of the burnings, her mentor Valanir Ocune is watching the new archmaster of the poet-mage Academy, Ellisan Diar. When Diar's protégé begins to delve into darker magical territory, Ocune bands with the allies he has left to stop Diar, while Lin faces her own mortality in the fires of prophecy. Court intrigue and shadowy power spread through a richly described world, with strong characters and intricate prose to construct this absorbing plot. VERDICT Myer's sequel to Last Song Before Night is as powerful as its predecessor and will please fans of epic fantasy.-Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Forbidden enchantments and hidden machinations fill this well-plotted dark fantasy. Characters return from Myer's first work, Last Song Before Night, the events of which form the backstory for this volume. Lin Amaristoth, now court poet of the Kingdom of Eivar, is sent on a mission of aid to the neighboring kingdom of Kahishi. King Eldakar of Kahishi is hoping that Lin's different perspective and magic will be of assistance in discovering the force behind a series of eldritch attacks on small border villages. Lin and members of her retinue struggle to understand the byzantine plots of the court and learn whether the mysterious, magic-wielding Fire Dancers are really to blame for the attacks. In Eiver, Elissan Diar is named the newest archmaster of the Academy that trains poet-mages; soon after, Diar's "chosen" begin studying dangerous magic at night. Valanir Ocune, Lin's mentor, works in secret with his few allies on Academy Isle to thwart Diar's plans. Subtle cultural elements are reminiscent of the medieval Arab world. Fans of epic fantasy and court intrigue will enjoy following the characters as they discover pieces of the truth. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.