A war that will fuel her. A bond that will destroy her.
Emelina Flores has come home to Ruina. After rescuing her sister, Olivia, from imprisonment in rival kingdom Lera, Em and Olivia together vow to rebuild Ruina to its former glory.
But just because Em and Olivia are out of Lera doesn’t mean they are safe. Their actions over the past year have had consequences, and they are now targets of retaliation. Olivia will destroy everyone who acts against Ruina. Em isn’t as sure.
Ever since Em posed as Prince Casimir’s betrothed in Lera, she’s started to see another side to this war. Lera may have destroyed the Ruined for decades, but Em knows that Cas is different. And now that he’s taken the throne, Em believes a truce is within reach. But Olivia suspects that Em’s romantic feelings for Cas are just coloring her judgement.
Em is determined to bring peace to her home. But when winning the war could mean betraying her family, she faces an impossible choice between loyalty and love. Em must stay one step ahead of her enemies—and her blood—before she’s the next victim in this battle for sovereignty.
What an amazing sequel! Honestly, I want to say it was better than the first but the first book was also excellent. These books are quickly becoming one of my most adored series and continues to have a sense of unpredictability in the plot filled with magic, political strife and an engaging cast of characters.
Now reunited with her sister, Em and her people make their way back to Ruina to rebuild their lives. As promised, Cas instructs his kingdom not to attack the Ruined and the two kingdoms have a tenuous peace. The Ruina also have a tentative alliance with the kingdom of Olso, and the development of this alliance is explained in this installment.
If you enjoyed Ruined, you will appreciate a lot of the same elements in Avenged. We still have the alternating POVs between Em and Cas so we know what is going on in both Lera and Ruina. Characters from book one are still present and further developed- Aren, Iria, Olivia and Jovita have much larger roles to play. We get a taste of Olivia in Ruined but she certainly has a…strong personality that we explore in Avenged. She’s an extremely powerful ruined and seems to have the “attack now, think later” ideology reminiscent of the older generation of ruined. And of course, there are some lovely scenes between our favorite star-crossed lovers, Em and Cas who, despite the circumstances, seem to always find their way back to each other.
The world-building continues to be fairly complex and we see more reasons why Lera and Ruina hate each other so much. Ruina ravaged Lera under the rule of Em’s mother, and in return Lera destroyed Ruina. Now that the kingdom of Lera is in a more vulnerable state with the new young king Cas, it is interesting watching how this affects his relationship with Em. Cas and Em must work together, despite the fact that their kingdoms are still enemies.
This book also has non-stop action and I applaud Tintera’s ability to surprise me with her engaging fight scenes. She seriously has no qualms about sudden, surprising deaths and it will keep you on your toes for the entire book! This series is highly entertaining- it has the right amount of world-building, romance and plot. I can’t wait for the next book!