Who can you trust? Would you trust someone from your past who may have been part of the betrayal you went through? Bastien must ask himself that very question. Can he trust Ember or will the cost be too high this time? Ember needs to betray Bastien or her family will pay but Bastien is the one thing that could save nations. What and who will she choose? Can Ember even choose? How can you decide if your family dies or nations fall? How many lives will be lost than?
Bastien has been through so much yet he keeps surviving. He is a good man that has had terrible things happen but he goes on with his life and is set on revenge. His Uncle and ex-wife will pay for what they have done to him or he will die trying. Bastien’s story is full of emotions and turmoil. There is a lot of skipping ahead with his relationship with Ember. Lots of things that readers do not get to see happen just mentioned making it hard to fall in love with the main couple or at least have the characters endear themselves to the reader. Although there is a lot of plot from previous books mixed in to the story I enjoyed seeing the story from another point of view. I would have liked to see a bit more from Bastien and Ember’s past and more fleshing out of the characters and their lives.
This book does give readers more information about this world and its inhabitants. I like Bastien and was glad to see him get his story told. Bastien and Ember work well together and seeing them work through everything made for a nice read.
A fate worse than death . . .
Bastien Cabarro survived the brutal slaughter of his entire family only to have his wife pin their murders on him. Made Ravin by The League, he is now a target for their assassins-in-training to hunt and kill. The average life expectancy for such beings is six weeks. But defying the odds is what this Gyron Force officer does best, and Bastien won’t rest until he lays his betrayers in their graves.
Ten years later, he has one chance to balance the scales of justice, provided he relies on his former wingman— the very sister of the woman who testified against him.
Major Ember Wyldestarrin joined the outlaw Tavali the day Kirovar fell into the hands of a tyrant, and she and her sister-team were left on an outpost to die under the barrage of enemy fire. The last thing she wants is to be involved in politics again. But the one thing she wants more than anything is revenge on the tyrant who murdered her parents and forced her and her sisters into exile. Carrying a secret she knows Bastien will annihilate her over, she must find some way to trust her former wingman before he catches on and kills her. Even so, treachery doesn’t come easy to a woman who took a loyalty oath to protect her homeworld and comrades-in-arms, especially when Bastien is much more to her than just a former wingman.
Yet as she tries to do right for her family, she learns that Bastien doesn’t just hold the key to the fate of Kirovar, he is vital to The Sentella-League war, and to The Tavali. If she doesn’t ensure he survives this mission, three nations fall, and time for all of them is quickly running out.