Lauren Strauss has faced a treacherous enemy and lived to tell the tale.
Though still recovering from that harrowing experience, she is getting used to her new life on another world. Just as she begins to accept what has happened, strange events take root at the Bhrean palace. If she does not help, her closest friend and new way of life are in danger.
Val Dolan grapples with his birthright. He never asked for it, yet to neglect his duty is to bring the downfall of a kingdom. When he discovers odd behavior in the palace staff, he knows that if he does nothing to fix the situation, chaos is the outcome. His only hope is to help Lauren find the Master of Night, a woman as elusive and mysterious as her name. Can they find her before it’s too late?
Lauren and Val are in a race against time–but what is coming, they have no idea. As they uncover the truth, they discover a secret deeper and more extraordinary than they had ever imagined.
The Master of Night picks up right where The Lost King left off.
Lauren continues her Junta training but requires the guidance of a Master whose specialty is in the same discipline as her own. The queen of Bhrea denies her and Val’s request to travel and seek this Master…at first. But when it becomes clear dark forces are at work within the palace servants and Lauren lacks the training required to properly diffuse the situation, the queen relents.
This was a great continuation of the series! I enjoyed the character development that took place for both Lauren and Val and the further exploration into Lauren’s strange power. There was a good amount of action, and the pacing was great. The end left me with more questions than answers, but the series is far from over.
I have to say, I love the dynamic between Lauren and Val in this series! And I enjoyed the addition of new characters in this installment, particularly Am. And Astrin… If you want to read about a villain that’s manipulative, cunning, and infuriating, Astrin is perfect. (And just wait until you see what she does at the end…)
While The Lost King focused mainly on our world and Lauren’s strange arrival in Bhrea, the reader didn’t get to see much of Bhrea beyond the royal palace. The Master of Night builds on that world significantly, adding more people, culture, and locations as it goes along. More depth was also added to the Junta training and some of the newer characters harbor abilities that weren’t seen in the first book.
This was a great read and a fun adventure.