From the blurb:
Since learning of his merman shifter heritage, Taren has begun building a life with Ian Dunaidh among the mainland Ea. But memories of his past life still haunt him, and as the threat of war with the hostile island merfolk looms ever closer, Taren fears he will lose Ian the same way he lost his beloved centuries before. Together they sail to the Gateway Islands in search of the fabled rune stone—a weapon of great power the Ea believe will protect them—and Odhrán, the pirate rumored to possess it.Todd's rating:
After humans attack the Phantom, Taren finds himself washed up on an island, faced with a mysterious boy named Brynn who promises to lead him to Odhrán. But Taren isn’t sure if he can trust Brynn, and Odhrán is rumored to enslave Ea to protect his stronghold. Taren will have to put his life on the line to find his way back to Ian and attempt to recover the stone. Even if he does find it, his troubles are far from over: he and Ian are being stalked by an enemy who wants them dead at all costs.
Oh, hell yeah! This book was exactly what I was hoping it would be when following up where Stealing the Wind left off.
This book really gets down to the meat and potatoes of Taren's past life as Treande, with significantly less focus on Ian / Owyn, as Taren becomes separated from the group during an attack.
After waking on a beach, Taren enlists the aid of a boy named Brynn to help him find the cruel pirate Odhrán, who is rumored to possess the rune stone that the mainland Ea need to help defend themselves from the island Ea.
One thing that this book does touch on is that the bad guy isn't always bad (sometimes they turn out to be really old friends) and the good guys aren't always good, which has deadly repercussions for two of the lead characters from both books.
This read was never a dull moment for me with romance, intrigue, some shape shifting, a cool as all get out hybrid (loved him) and... Holy shit, A BABY DRAGON !!! Color me freaking *twitterpated*.
But damn you, damn you, damn you, Shira!!! Both of these books turned me into an addict, ripe for my next hit, then *end scene* and I have to wait for the next ridiculously excellent installment. Argh.
Deja vu. *Tingles 2.0* as I wait for book 3 this time...
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