The Shadow’s Curse by Amy McCulloch
The sequel and ending to The Knots Sequence was just as nice as I imagined. Follow Raim and Wadi both as they race across the desert to take part in a war that will change things forever.
Publisher’s Description: Raim is no closer to figuring out the meaning of the broken vow that sentenced him to exile for life. But with his former best friend now a tyrannical Khan who is holding the girl Raim loves captive, he finds it hard to care. Every day, he and Draikh learn more about their powers, but it quickly becomes clear that he will never be able to stop Khareh and free Wadi unless he can free himself from the ultimate taboo of his people. Reluctantly, Raim begins the long journey down to the dangerous South, to find the maker of his oath.
In Khareh’s camp, Wadi is more than capable of devising her own escape plan, but she’s gradually realizing she might not want to. The more she learns about Khareh, the more confused she becomes. He’s done unquestionably bad things, horrific even, but he’s got big dreams for Darhan that might improve their dire situation. What’s more, rumours of a Southern king massing an army to invade Darhan are slowly gaining ground. Only if the Northern tribes can come together under a single ruler will they have the strength to fight the South – but what if that ruler is an impulsive (albeit brilliant) young man, barely able to control his ever-growing power, and missing the one part of him that might keep him sane? Whoever conquers the desert, wins the war. And the secret to desert survival lies in Lazar, which is set to become the heart of a great battle once again.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Kat Mandu says…
There was a lot of things that built up to the ending of this duology, and each was just as much of a turning point as the the next.
Firstly, the book is now split into two alternate points of view – Raim’s and Wadi’s. I felt like this was a wonderful idea, as both characters are separated from each other and give the story the plot it deserves. Wadi’s been taken by Khareh and although she fears for her own life – and Raim’s – she also knows that her being behind enemy lines may prove to be the best option to save them both. You get to see a side to both Wadi and Khareh you don’t expect, plus learn about his plans to take over the entire Solan realm.
Raim, however, is in hiding and must go to a place in the South to not only ally forces to take on Khareh’s shadow army, but also discover what the oath he was born with entitles. He meets his mother along the way, faces a deadly betrayal, and becomes a leader and master of magic within his own right.
It’s full of nice action scenes, new magics, and the characters learn to grow up and embrace their destinies. You get to see a lot of new characters but mostly familiar ones. At the end, things are left for the better as Khareh and Raim, who despite now have a better understanding of one another, go their separate ways.
I liked it a lot and I’m thinking many other readers will too!
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