[512]: Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong


GOODREADS SUMMARY | Double Day Canada | Hardcover, 432 pp. | April 7th, 2015 | Age of Legends, #2 | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Oh wow. That ending… and the mother of all plot twists! I don’t even know when the next book will be out, but trust me when I say, I’ll be making another offering to the ARC-giving goddess to send a copy my way. There’s no date yet, so I’m guessing Kelley is still writing the third book. Empire of Night is much of the same, only she’s up the ante on this book.

Warning: Spoilers ahead. 

Prisoners of their discontent.

The children of Edgewood are still missing. While the twins are growing more impatient each day, the Emperor doesn’t seem all that in a rush to retrieve what’s left of their village. In the meantime, Moira’s pride is still smarting from the betrayal of who were once a trusted ally. There is no better motivation for revenge than an injured ego. When the Emperor finally sends them on a negotiation mission, things will go from bad to worst.

The tale of a two-faced warrior.

If you haven’t read Sea of Shadows, I should warn you that it ended with one of the boys betraying the twins. As in, he may or may not be involved in the massacre of their people – including, their father. Moira may have put her trust in the wrong place, but I can almost tell that her heart may have been broken because of this. She will not admit, though. She will not admit that she liked the boy a bit too much.

In the past, authors making their readers choose “teams” has been a source of my aggravation. And while I was tempted to do so in this instance, I got over myself. I think I mentioned it on my review of Sea of Shadows, that it’s not that important. Well, by the time I finished this book, it’d become one of the reasons why I can’t wait to read the third book. Not so much as to see who she chooses, but more to see how it will play out. Armstrong is wickedly brilliant…or brilliantly wicked. I had developed a distaste for this character after the first book and during the second. But, by the end of the second, I’m finally seeing his end game.

Upping the ante.

I often struggle with the middle book in a trilogy. While the plot tries its damnest to convince me of its importance and relevance to the series as a whole, it more often fails.  It was not the case in this book, however. Armstrong used conflicts after conflicts to move the plot along. And much like the first book, there will be no down time here, folks. These books have been so much fun. I’m dying to see how it all ends, because that ending was so incredible…torturous, yes. But incredible, nonetheless.

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