Author: Melissa McShane
Title: "Guardian of the crown"
Book 2 in series The saga of Willow North
Main character: Willow
I got an ARC of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review :) what a fantastic sequel :) it picks up right where we left off at the end of the first novel, and continue on the amazing story that is this fantasy series :) since this is the second book, and all three novels, because it will be a trilogy, follow around the same character, it is necessary to read all of them in order, I will have a spoiler free paragraph about the series in general, and then I will share my thoughts and feelings about this second installment, which will include some spoilers about that first part :) now that we have this explanation out of the way, let me jump into telling you a bit about our main character and the world in general :)
The saga of Willow North follow around our main character... yep, you think correctly, Willow :) at the beginning of that first story we meet her during one of her heists... because what I forgot to mention, is that she's a thief :) so one of her heists goes a little bit differently that she planned, and... well... she meets a guy ;) I am not gonna say anything else about their first encounter, but it was a fantastic scene :) they start a relationship after that and then BAM! we skip ahead a few years :) I was like *whaaaaaa????* when that happened ;) Willow and Kerish are no longer together and we have no idea what happened during the time jump... but you have no time to worry about that, because Kerish appears in Willow's home with the boy king with him... after an assasination attempt and a whole other drama and events, they have to run... and after that the best part of the story starts :) the whole series is set in the fantasy world, with magic and other... interesting abilities, including the one Willow has :) but I will leave that little gem to discover for you when you read the story :) we travel to different places and see different cultures but that is basically everything I can tell you guys without some major spoilers :) all you need to know is that these books are amazing and if you haven't already, definitely give them a try :)
Ok, now we are gonna get into my actual review of the second novel, which will definitely include spoilers about the first installment, so all of you who are not caught up, avert your eyes ;) like I mentioned before, there is no time jump between the books, so go back straight into action :) Willow is working with Kerish and his family to gather support of Eskandel for Felix and his rightful claim for the throne of Tremontane :) this story is filled with politics and intrigue and intricate relationships between different families in that country... and I absolutely adored it :) which is surprising, because I am not always the biggest fan of that particular plot in books :) but it was done really well here :) the shifts of power, how every conversation had many meanings... *sighs happily* it was very interesting to read :) not to mention that this particular installment was filled with strong women :) Willow is a phenomenal character... strong, but at the same time flawed, because she's human, and people make mistakes sometime... but I could understood her every action and why she made certain decisions along the way... but there were so many complex characters in this story besides her :) not to mention that this author in general writes adults who act like adults... which means they actually talk to one another and try to understand each others motivations, even though they may not agree with everything :) and that is not as common as one would want in stories :) I had so much fun reading this book... it was once again filled with adventures and surprising twists... and definitely a bit of romance :) with phenomenally entertaining writing style the chapters just flew by :) I already cannot wait to get my hands on the conclusion to the series because the ending... my oh my... the ending to this story will leave you wanting more ASAP :) so if you haven't checked it out, definitely do it now :)