Warning: This review contains spoilers from the first book in this series, Nightshade.
When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer—one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack—and the man—she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.
Calla has saved Shay from certain death and helped him escape. She's gone with the Searchers and hopes it's for the best. It doesn't take too long to verify that all that she thought was true was a lie and that her previous masters, the Keepers, were using her and the rest of the Guardians as pawns in their own game.
Calla's mind and heart is in a strange place and as much as she would like to have Shay fill those spaces Calla finds that she can't seem to get Ren out of her mind. She loves Shay but she also loves Ren in her way. Is this truly a love triangle or not? It's really pretty hard to tell and we don't have any definitive answer to that question by the end of the book.
Calla works with the Searchers to try and save her pack but things don't exactly go as planned and lives are torn apart. Not only that but someone that Calla loves might actually be a traitor and the person they least expect to help in their mission shows up offering assistance. What is Calla to make of it all?
This book had me asking a lot of questions by the time it was over. I struggled with Calla and her indecisions in this book. Her wishy-washiness with Shay due to thoughts of Ren irked me at times. I just wanted her to figure it all out in her head and be done with it. She said she loved Shay but when someone calls her his girlfriend she vehemently denies it. Really? I thought you were! *sigh*
Besides Calla's uncertainty of her relationships she was a Guardian and she needed to get the job done. When she is sent out with a team to extract her packmates she's more than up for the job. She's only just turned 18 but she's a strong wolf and ready to take even the largest Guardian on.
I really liked the story in this book - maybe not as much as book 1 but it really rounded things out for me and brought in more information about Calla's Guardian background, what exactly Shay is and his role in her future, how evil the Keepers actually are and that the Searchers aren't the bad guys. It was a lot to take in but definitely worth the read. I'll definitely be reading book 3 when it releases (supposedly next January).
Rating: 3.75 out of 5