Rune Thayer’s rebellion in Cape Hill has placed all of Breakwater in danger. Now, Katelyn Kestrel and her best friend Kyle must do something that no one in the Western Kingdom has ever attempted: travel North into enemy territory and request aid from none other than Prince Varion himself.

Before they are able to depart, Katelyn is unwillingly brought face-to-face with Prince Raserion. Separated from her friends and enveloped in a dark world of his making, the indomitable Prince of Shadows offers her a deal that she dare not refuse. The accord is struck and Katelyn continues her mission, holding close the secret meeting, and wondering whether she has become a traitor to her own cause. Stalked by unrelenting shadows across enemy lines, she must decide: Trust Prince Varion in hopes to save Breakwater- or trust Prince Raserion to win Rune’s freedom.

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Having found the first two books in the series amazing, the start of this one disappointed me, I took about a week to read the first half then a couple of hours to read the last half. It was just a little lack luster, there was no oomph to it. I really struggled to find the will to carry on.

Once I got past the first half, I quite enjoyed it. There were some good twists along the way. Carmine’s part the story was a little predictable and felt a little forced. Kyle’s part in the story was way out of left field. If I had a million guesses as to what would happen, that would never have been one. Kinda made sense, but a few hints along the way would have been nice.

I wonder if Loadestones are more than we know just now. Kat has some freaky extra power going on and I am looking forward to it being explained in the last book. But I think I might leave it a couple of weeks until I read it, need a wee break from the series.

3 out of 5 stars