When Lyana wakes in the Sea of Mist, adventure is the first thing on her mind. But between her unruly new magic and an unyielding young king, the world below comes with more responsibility than she ever dreamed. An entire civilisation exists within the fog, and its survival depends entirely on her.
Adrift at sea on a ship full of strangers, Rafe fights to cope with his new reality. He’ll do anything to return to the sky and the people he left behind. When a surprising offer comes his way, he instantly accepts, sparing no time to consider the consequences.
With rebellion in her heart, Cassi defies her king and befriends the prince she’s been ordered to kill. Oblivious to the threat, Xander welcomes her into his inner circle, determined to rescue his mate. As one works to help and the other to hinder, an ancient enemy stirs, forcing Cassi to choose between trusting the man who broke her heart and turning her back on everything she’s ever known.
It was wonderful to return to the Raven and Dove world and this avian inspired fantasy, I really enjoyed the first one and I was very much looking forward to reading the second in the series. The Hunter and the Mage is a light, Young Adult fantasy, which is quick and easy to read. The story starts off exactly where the last novel left off but focuses more on the world beneath the mist.
The novel is full of action and suspense and the world building and attention to detail is wonderful and I loved seeing the contrasts between the world above and below the mist. The magic system is explored in much more depth, we learn about the different types of magic; agro’kine, hydro’kine and aero’kine and it becomes a fundamental part of the storyline.
The focus this time is on the four main characters Lyana, Rafe, Xander and Cassi. However, there are so many other amazing new characters introduced and the side crew also have an integral part in the story. Brightly is adorable, she is bubbly, witty and dynamic, with an interesting back-story and some hidden secrets yet to be revealed. I really enjoyed the comical scenes on the boat when Brightly is teaching Rafe how to sail. There is much less focus on the Rafe and Lyana relationship, however I was rooting for Cassi and Xander and they stole my heart.
In all honesty I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as the first one which was a more compelling and fast-paced read, and I missed the romantic flirtation and banter between Rafe and Lyana. However, that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book it was fun and entertaining, with the addition of some fabulous new characters and sensational world building. I will never tire of this avian inspired world.
Publication Date: 21 September 2020
Rating: 3 stars
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Thank you to Kaitlyn Davies for my advanced copy of this book.
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