What is it about?
Mia Corvere was initiated as Blade of the Red Church in book 1 after all of the hullabaloo in book 1. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there was a lot of blood involved. See my review of book 1 here.
In book 2, Mia is still intent upon her goal to seek revenge for the murder of her family. She needs to kill two people, and hatches a crazy plan to get them both at the same time.
She must become a gladiator.
Was it good?
If you thought training to be an assassin was hard, you are probably not cut out to be a gladiator. Basically this book is just more fighting and training and fighting and training. We make very little progress into finding out about Mia’s darkin powers and origin, and must be content to read about gladiator sports, Mia falling in love and friendship and trying to hide her heart of gold, and the hatching of crazy plans that just may work.
To answer the question, I did not LOVE this book. For the first 1/3 I was bothered by too many lengthy footnotes. While the footnotes slowed down the rest of the book, I still found my interest waxing and waning for no apparent cause. I can only say that gladiator games are a bit repetitive, even though the arenas and challenges were different each time. The cliffhanger at the end was brilliant, so I’ll definitely be reading book 3 whenever it’s available.