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This second part of a two part series did not disappoint me at all. In fact it really kept up its momentum and was probably even more exciting than the first part. The narrator certainly kept the tension flowing and I spent another night with no sleep. I absolutely loved this story and am so sorry I have finished it. My favourite character was Delgado but I will leave it to other listeners to decide what they think. I have a little crush on him, well to be completely honest its a huge crush lol.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." Questions of attribution for that quotation aside, the fact remains that there are those who envy a free society and believe it to be easy to acquire its benefits through force and power. The fear of the secret society, the underground government, the spies remains real--is it paranoia if someone is actually chasing you? And of course all of this plays nicely into the hands of author Lilith Saintcrow who has created a black ops super-secret government agency which wishes to control all who exhibit psionic capabilities.
This is the second of two books in this series and obviously Book 1 is going to give you all sorts of depth of background you wouldn't have otherwise. But jumping into Book 2 I had no trouble picking up the narrative and understanding what was going on. I had the opportunity to enjoy the audiobook as capably narrated by Rayna Cole who adeptly handled a large number of voices of extreme distinction, especially some of the villains. One always wants satisfyingly nasty villains, doesn't one? This would probably make a great action movie.
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It's been three months since Delgado was taken. Rowan and the Society have been on the move, staying a hairs breath reach away from Sigma's fingers. Delgado did something to his mind, and he can't remember. He does know that Sigma has been drugging and beating him, asking where some girl named Rowan Price is. They want this girl. Bad. He doesn't know who she is, but if she's staying ahead of Sigma then he potentially trained her, and maybe she could help him.
Rayna is back for book two! Yes! I thought her voice fit Rowan perfectly in the first book as it fits the descriptions given of Rowan's voice. Rayna carries Rowan's emotions so well in her voice. Along with Delgado when we are in his head. There are moments that are italicized in the book to represent thoughts, which can be hard to relate vocally so the listener doesn't think the character is talking. Doing it with a slightly lower volume or whisper helps us differentiate these moments. I'm amazed at the talent Rayna has in jumping from Rowan's emotions to Delgado's emotions. They are both on a different feel, and it's portrayed in the quick scenes with grace from Rowan.
I was waiting for this audio book. I wanted to know how things would go after the ending of the first book.
Where Delgado kept his ability hidden and reserved in book one, we see him in action here. He's a killing machine when Sigma needs him to be. Or when he wants to be. We also get to see Rowan starting to understand her powers. She does more with them now, knowingly.
Rowan has grown stronger. In her ability and in character. She was weaker in the first book and still looks for her rock and love, Delgado, but she can function on her own. As a matter of fact, she can help run the team. She doesn't realize she's stepped into the position Delgado held, and she's doing an amazing job at it. Rowan is a complicated character. At times she seems like she should be weak and dependent, but she's not. There is so much more to her that makes her stronger and caring.
Delgado trained her to fight, in case this happened. In case he was taken and turned against her. He pushed Rowan past her limits when they were last together in the training room, but he knew he had to in order to keep her safe. Delgado's worst fears came true, and now Rowan is strong enough to survive against him. But she's more than that. She means the world to Delgado and he will find his way back to her.
What Delgado had to do to himself to protect Rowan from being found has lingering flickers for Delgado. Things are a tad rocky with him and Rowan as they find each other again. We see Rowan and Delgado as they are attracted to each other, but they are afraid of how things have changed. The story is more romance of how they find their way back to each other than what happens in bed, although that is present as well. This is more of the growing love they have.
The book feels to have a balance of romance and action. There is more story with Rowan and Sigma and Delgado and Sigma, as we get POV's from Rowan and Delgado. The story comes to an end, but there is an opening to possibly continue with these characters. I'd be up for it if it happens, but I'm happy with the way this ended as well.
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