Friday, February 1, 2013

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (Never Sky book 2)

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read the first  book in the series, Under the Never Sky, Stop! I don't want to ruin one of my favorite series for you.

“When the aether strikes, no one is safe. The world is in chaos, who do you trust?”

It’s been five months since Aria learned of her mother’s death while working at Bliss. Five months have passed since she last laid eyes on Perry. Her time was spent with Roar recovering at Marron’s; he with a leg wound and her with a deep wound to her heart and soul. Now Aria finds herself being blackmailed by Counsel Hess to find the rumored Still Blue. He is holding Perry’s nephew Talon hostage. Heading north in her search, Aria stops by the Tides’ compound to reunite with Perry first.

Perry is now the Blood Lord of the Tides after killing his cruel older brother Vale over selling his son Talon to the Dwellers. Seen by some in his tribe as rash and inexperienced, Perry’s hold as Blood Lord is tenuous at best. When Roar returns and lets him know that Aria is on her way, Perry and his guard go to meet her. Deciding to keep their relationship a secret from the tribe, Aria finds her presence is unwelcome and few trust what they perceive to be a Dweller mole. Perry’s leadership is questioned when he takes up for Aria.

When a trader/gossip monger visits the Tides compound the night of Aria’s Marking ceremony, all hell breaks loose and secrets are inadvertently spilled. Word comes that Sable may have found Liv and taken her back to the Horns compound. Roar and Perry are furious and Roar is ready to go get her right then. Perry’s sense makes him realize that something is wrong with Aria. She is in pain and sick. Discovering that the ink is poisoned with hemlock, Perry scopes her up and rushes her to a healer. Heartsick, he doesn’t leave her side the entire night. Perry wakes up and he senses that Aria will recover. Going out to meet with his personal guard, tempers soon flare when one of them realize that Perry is rendered to Aria. Then a commotion breaks out in the compound that draws Perry's attention away from his guard. Having banished Aria’s prisoner the night before, about a quarter of the tribe’s members decide to leave over their dissatisfaction with Perry’s leadership and his relationship with an outsider. While dealing with the turmoil outside, Aria and Roar slip away unnoticed to head for Sable and the Horns, leaving Perry behind.

What happens when Perry discovers that Aria and Roar have left him behind? Will he be able to retain his role as Blood Lord of the Tides? Does the Still Blue exist? What will Aria and Roar find when they arrive at the Horns’ compound? Will Liv be there? Can Aria and Perry find their way back to each other?

Liv and Roar - book 0.5

For Vale, the situation has gotten desperate. As Blood Lord of the Tides, the aether storms have damaged much of their farmland and he has negotiated a deal with Sable, the northern Blood Lord of the Horns. His sister Liv is to marry Sable in exchange for a dowry of food for the year for the Tides. Liv and Perry are both angry at the eldest brother’s decision but their friend Roar is absolutely devastated. A transient until he and his grandmother settles with the Tides, Roar has always considered Perry and Liv his family. But over the years the feelings between Roar and Liv have grown and the news is heartbreaking. Seeing no other way out, this is the story of their journey to Sable and the outcome those readers of Under the Never Sky already know.

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