Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.
That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.
In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.
To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.
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I took a while to get back into this detailed and gorgeous world, but once I was there I loved how it all played out. The war between the three sides was well done – I especially liked what happens between the rebels and Ashwin’s side.
I also loved getting to see more of the competitors from the second tournament and some of their part of the world.
There’s a couple of things that made me knock this down from four stars to 3.5 – firstly the POV changes worked well previously, but I struggled to keep up a little here. And second, the action capitulates a little quickly for my taste. There’s lots of build up and it suddenly seemed to be over.
Having said that, I loved how it ended and what it implies for the fourth and final book.