Top critical review
on 26 February 2016
This is the second volume in the Trinity trilogy (after Betrayal and before Destiny).
Alyssa and Tor are parted again. After escaping death by a clever magic trick and convalescing in the Great Forest, Tor sets out to hunt down Goth, but is soon sidetracked when his falcon Clot is stolen by pirates in Caradoon to be sold to the Queen of the island of Cipres.
In Tal, Alyssa has now spent several years in the castle, working as a healer, believing the love of her life is dead, and blaming King Lorys for his heartless justice. But when Queen Nyria, her friend, ask her to forgive her husband, she actually finds it easier than expected, and even falls in love with the monarch.
All the while, both know their destiny is to reunite the Trinity in order to defeat their real enemy, the angry Prince of the Gods Orlac, who wants to destroy Tallinor. They get help from several of their friends and companions, who turn out to be magical beings called the Paladin.
I found this second volume slightly inferior to the first one. The sidetrip to Cipres is mostly filler material, and I failed to be captivated by the what is emerging as the main plotline now. And Goth escapes death so many times it’s ridiculous. Will you kill the wretch already?