Book 2 in the Diamond Peak Series
Book 1: Lethal Inheritance
author : tahlia newland
pages : [ebook] 380
favorite characters : twitchet &
Trainee Warrior Ariel Malony hopes that the great library at Sheldra holds the key to rescuing her mother, but in order to get there, she must negotiate a forest of evil spirits, escape a mind-numbing city of sparkling towers, travel through the treacherous gullies and ancient villages of Minion Hills, and avoid an attack by a demon lord intent on killing her.
At the same time, a battle rages between her heart and her mind. A relationship with her travelling companion, the enigmatic Nick, is just too tempting, but can they be together without Ariel losing her focus and falling to the demons? Her life is at stake, but also her heart. She risks encasing it in stone and denying herself the very sustenance she needs.
Will they make it to the safe haven of Sheldra, or will Ariel die at the hands of the yellow-eyed demon?
Wow! I have to say that although I really, really enjoyed reading Lethal Inheritance, book one in this series, I think I enjoyed the sequel even more. That isn’t something that really happens for me that often and it only makes me wonder what more could come in the rest of the series.
I really loved seeing where the journey picks up after book one’s ending. There are several twists immediately in the start that I didn’t see coming and had me hooked into the story. One thing that slightly bothered me was the relationship problems between Ariel and Nick because I feel like every second book in a series involving romance has this sort of step in the relationship. Because it isn’t the main focus of the story of course I was able to overlook that in favor of the gripping prose and near constant action. There’s hardly time to sit back and catch your breath during Stalking Shadows.
Maybe because of her brief personal separation from Nick, Ariel is able to develop more fully as a character. I just loved seeing how much she’s grown from book one and knowing that she still has more to face that she’ll undoubtedly be ready for. Her imperfections are what make her most amazing and interesting. She can’t do everything. She needs plenty of training and reminders of what to do and she makes mistakes. And it’s wonderful! One thing that I loved about her and Nick was that they could both recognize the faults in each other and they tried to work through that instead of ignoring the problems.
Even though this is focused in a fantastical setting and there are several creatures to keep track of, I never felt lost or like I didn’t have an idea of what was happening. Everything was written so clearly I felt like I could picture it all in my head.
Overall, I really loved this book that gave me more reasons to stick with the rest of the series! If you love a good adventure, interesting characters, and an action-packed plot, you should pick this up too!