First let me say I loved book one in the Realms series. It was a perfect blend of sci-fi and romance. I eagerly awaited Beyond the Shadows with Cyn. I wanted him to find someone to love just like his sister had.
Cyn is continuing his crusade to bring down the heads of Azra and to change the way of life for his people. He's been undercover most of his life using disguises and arm coverings to hide his heritage as a true native of Azra. Yara has been groomed to eventually take the throne but first she is charged with stopping the rebel Cyn.
The two end up stuck together and while Cyn maintains his cover he is slowly falling for the warrior commander. The middle lagged a bit for me and I admit I struggled to continue. It does pick up again towards the end when we are back on Azra and Yara is realizing that perhaps her homeworld of Azra isn’t so perfect after all. Granger definitely finishes with a bang so it was well worth pushing forward on this novel.
Commander Yara has spent years living without the distraction of caring for anything--or anyone. It's a sacrifice she's been willing to make. Yara has honed herself into the perfect heir to the Azralen throne, but a bloody coup could destroy everything she's worked so hard for. She must return home quickly to prevent war, but the only ship available belongs to an Earthlen trader with no regard for authority--especially hers. Cyn is a rebel, driven to protect those suffering at the hands of the Elite leaders of Azra. Using his alias to manipulate the lovely but icy commander onto his ship, he has to keep her from Azra long enough to ignite the revolution. But when he awakens a vibrant and feeling woman beneath that icy exterior, he gets more than he bargained for--love. Can Cyn find a way to convince Yara to join him, or will they get caught in a web of lies and deception that could tear them apart?