I must admit that I had this review only almost finished for over half a year, and decided recently to complete it – as best as I could remember without rereading the entire series. Mostly, I think because it hurt that the rating was lower than I hoped it would be and so I delayed and procrastinated and stalled.
Once more, the narration is split between Alisa and Rachel’s perspective.
The book sticks to the narration style of the previous one, however less regular. This time, the narrators do not switch according to chapters, but according to events.
Alisa and Bryce are a couple. This book aims to show their relationship, her understanding and being able to cope with his character, while struggling with his forwardness, jealousy and possessiveness. At the same time, Alisa fights against her own insecurities of being not worthy to be with a Spellbringer and tries to figure out the meaning of the Claiming Words that Bryce spoke to her.
There are two narrators in this story, Alisa Cole and Rachel Stephens.
Alisa is the school’s outsider. She cannot disappear, as her cousin Becky is the main oppressor – especially after new boy Jace Alexander arrives, whom every girl immediately crushes on, and Alisa can’t escape it either. Alisa knows there is something different about Jace even before she sees that he is attacked by a Hunter on his way home from school, and she saves his life. Jace comes from a magically gifted family, a people called Spellbringers. As she saved his life, she is welcomed into the family, but there is one exception to the welcome, Jace’s brother Bryce. Bryce is cold, distanced, and seems to want nothing more than to see Alisa leave the family alone, ignorant of their powers.