Series: Soulfinders #2
Also in this series: Dawn Study
Also by this author: Shadow Study, Dawn Study
Published by Mira on January 26th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Magic, YA Romance, Young Adult
Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana's has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.Amazon •
Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he's quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he's been keeping secrets from Valek...secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander's mysterious plans, they realize it's far more sinister that they could have ever imagined.
Mature-Content Rating: Mild Sexual Content, Language, Violence, Assassins
“‘Sneaks, spies, defenders, heroes, masterminds, tenacious bastards-it doesn’t matter what you call us. We’re the ones who will do whatever it takes to stop those who believe they’re entitled to wealth and power at the expense of others.’
‘The family business,’ Yelena said, smiling. ‘I like that. Well said, Janco.’
Valek squeezed her hand in agreement. For once Janco didn’t preen.”
If I could only point out one thing about this entire series, it would be the character’s relationships with each other:
Yelena and Valek’s quiet, romantic relationship.
Janco and Ari’s amazing bromace.
Ari and Janco’s loyalty and friendship with Valek.
Valek’s loyalty to the Commander.
Yelena’s relationship with Lief, even though they didn’t grow up together.
Fisk and the ‘little brother’ vibe he has with Yelena.
And then squishing them all together.
For me the secondary characters livened up the first series (Study) to a point in which now Ari and Janco have become just as important as Valek and Yelena. They are fiercely protective, yet they know Yelena can handle herself. I wouldn’t mind a run off series including the (mis)adventures of Ari and Janco.
Valek and Yelena are not ones to rush into anything. Readers understand that from the years of separation endured while Valek works for the Commander and Yelena works as the liaison. In Night Study, however, you get to see different sides of both of the characters. Sure, we’ve seen glimpses of a panicked Valek and an overwhelmed Yelena, but for once we get to openly see behind the stoic assassin without the prying of his heart-mate and a Yelena who is having to learn to accept others for support and not work through things on her own.
The plot itself is full of twists and mind boggling counter twists. With rogue magicians creating an army against Ixia, it’s hard for our crew to distinguish between who’s a friend and who’s a foe; which are being controlled and which are willingly members of the cartel. That, combined with the Commander becoming extra mysterious and strict with Valek sets off sparks and tension between the counties that have already been near war for years.
Overall, Night Study left the reader with more questions then answers, which leaves Dawn Study with even more pressure and anticipation. Start the series, meet the characters, fall in love, grab the complimentary tissues and lock picks on your way in.