Winter's Light (Winter Saga #2)
by M.J. Hearle
Publication: 1st May 2012
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Age Appropriate: Young AdultBlake is gone.
He sacrificed himself to save Winter, leaving her alone, unprotected... hunted.
An ancient enemy is rising, but Winter is no longer the innocent girl who was fated to die at Pilgrim's Lament. She will not wait to be saved. She will do what she must to survive, even accept an unsavoury alliance with those who destroyed her love.
In the gathering darkness, the enemy of an enemy is not always a friend, and Winter must find the strength to stand alone and fight for the one she loves. For she is the key to unlocking the secrets beyond the veil of shadows.
And she is Blake's only hope.
I loved this book as much as the first one my only problem, no Blake and I definitely felt his abscence.
After losing Blake at the end of the last book after sacrificing himself for her Winter is lost it's been three months she calls him to her with his lodestone (a crystal that will let him know when Winter needs him) to no avail, until one day she sees a vision of him being held prisoner in the Dead Lands.
While attending a graduation party Winter wanders off and is set upon by two Demori who realise that she is a Key but just as she is about to be attacked she is saved by Sam who has been on the run since the end of the last book.
Sam becomes her ally in trying to find Blake after realising from reading Blake's diary that he stole that he never killed anyone and that his family the Bane who are sworn enemies of the Demori had him believing that all Demori were bad.
Through Sam, Winter is introduced to more Bane members and they strike a deal with her, they'll reunite her with Blake after she opens a portal for them into the Dead Lands, so she flies out to France with Sam and her best friend Jasmine and after arriving at the castle has a feeling that something is wrong but she doesn't quite know what it is.
As in the last book this one has chapters relating to the past, this time to Ariman (Blake's father the first Demori) and Ariman's mother Lamara the Farseer, I find the back stories of all these characters really interesting and hope that the same theme continues in the next book.
I also loved the addition of Blake's diary entries leading up to and after he met Winter to see what his thoughts were when they first met.
I wasn't a big fan of Sam in the previous book but he's definitely one of my favourites now and I'm thinking that Sam has developed feelings for Winter and perhaps she might have done the same, I think that this would make an interesting twist to the story.
All in all this was a fantastic addition to this series, an unputdownable book from an author who knows how to keep you enthralled.
I give this 4/5.
A Big Thanks To Charlotte @ Pan Macmillan Australia.