My thoughts: This novella took the plot from the first book, The Stone Guardian, to a darker route. There were serious issues that were described: torture, human trafficking, drugs, and depression. It was well written that I found myself hooked to the story from page one.
Tara's character was more developed in this story. We came to learn what really happened to her when she was taken by Sarian. The details of her captivity were gruesome and one could not help but shudder at what she went through. Tara's emotions and fear were portrayed well that I completely found myself wanting to go over to her and hug her. Her opinion of herself for not being worthy of Peter's love was understandable since she had lead a life of just pain and betrayal. Though Tara went through very horrid things in her life, she was still caring and as sane as one could be in such circumstances.
The plot in this novella was very interesting. Not only did it concentrate on what happened to Tara but it also brought up the issue of human trafficking. Of course in this case, young women were taken to be human sacrifices for Sarian. The details of the girls that were taken and how they were treated were pretty horrific. It made me recognize that even though this is fiction, things like this actually happen in real life. Also, I found it interesting how the supernatural was mixed into the story, which would make more sense if you read the first book.
Overall, this novella was well told. It was dark and creepy but yet entertaining. My only complaint about this book was that it could have been a little bit longer. It did intrigue me at the end to make me want to read the next book in the series. I rate it:
When myth becomes reality, reality becomes a nightmare. Like any other teenager in America, Ashley just wants a normal life. But growing up in an orphanage for the insane is anything but normal. After endless therapy and increasing medication, her nightmares have only gotten worse. Probably because they’re not nightmares. When Ashley’s mysteriously abducted, she finds a reality even less normal than the orphanage. And she discovers something else—she’s no ordinary orphan. Faced with enemies thought to only exist in fairy tales, Ashley discovers she possesses a powerful Maya bloodline. She’s the daughter of an ancient Maya Guardian, whose duty is to protect the Stone of Muuk’ich, an enchanted relic blessed by the gods. But first she must get it back from Sarian, a power-hungry demigod who slaughtered the last guardian—Ashley’s mother. Without the stone, all will be lost. When she meets Arwan, a hot Belizean time bender, his delicious olive skin and dark eyes make her feel a little less alone. But his gentle whispers and reassuring touch might not be all they seem. How can she balance love and duty when it’s up to her to prevent the rising of the underworld? Especially when the guy she loves might be its crown prince…
You can read my review of The Stone Guardian here.