It has been mere days in the world of Eon, where Rune Jenkins, her twin brother Ryker, and their friend Grey have been trapped, fighting for their lives. After discovering the truth of their ancestry, the three are far from home, and far from anything resembling their mundane lives of the past.
While Ryker is still held captive by the eerily beautiful Zio and her goblins, Grey falls into the clutches of Feena, the Fae queen. She begins to drain his soul bit by bit to feed her dark underground garden, and Grey has no hope of escaping on his own.
It is now up to Rune to save Grey, as his precious time slips away inexorably. But the Council has denied her permission to embark on a rescue mission, until she can harness her Venator gifts and prove herself capable of venturing into the Fae queen’s territory. As Rune discovers that promises in Eon are forged with life-or-death consequences, she realizes that she must act quickly, or else be swallowed and Grey along with her by the dangers of Eon.
I enjoyed the first book in the Venator’s series Magic Unleashed so I was delighted to join The Write Reads blog tour for this second outing.
Promises Forged definitely lives up to expectations, in fact now that the bulk of the world building has been dealt with and we know our characters the story is able to move at a much smoother and faster pace.
We get to learn more about our characters this time out, particularly Rune who is a lot of our focus for a chunk of this book. It was good to get to know her better as she’d been in Grey’s shadow in book 1. The more time we spent with her the more I liked her. She was strong, able to learn and grew in confidence.
Beltran also made a welcome return with a bigger role in this book. There’s obviously a lot more for us to learn about the Shapeshifter in future books, which is fine with me as he’s one of my favourites.
The proper introduction of the Fae with Feena’s court was interesting and dark. It added yet another element to the series alongside what we learned of Werewolves last time.
The politics of the world are once again in play as Rune must learn to curb her natural instincts to persuade the council to let her rescue Grey. Wall’s manages a good balance of action and politics without getting too bogged down in either.
An excellent second book in the series and I look forward to reading the third.
With thanks to The Write Reads for inviting me to be part of the tour. All opinions are my own.