Those two words spark fear in Katriona Wilde and give way to an unlikely partnership with Perth, the man she’s been traded to marry for a favor. Saving her true love and protector Arland, her family, and their soldiers keeps her motivated, but the at-odds duo soon realizes trust is something that comes and goes with each breath of Encardia’s rotting, stagnant air. The moment when concern for her missing sister spirals out of control, all thoughts of trust are pushed aside and she finds herself trapped by the daemon tricks Perth warned her of.
However, rescuing those she loves is only half the problem.
Kate still must get to Willow Falls, unite her clashing people, and form an army prepared to fight in order to defeat Darkness. When so many she’s grown fond of die along the journey, her ability to play by the gods’ rules is tested.
How will she make allies when the world appears stacked against her? And will she still be Katriona Wilde, the girl with fire?
Absolutely brilliant! Everything I hoped it would be and more! Thrills, romance, surprises...what more could you ask for?
Katriona grew so much in this book. In Wilde's Fire, she was unsure of herself and her magic reflected that. In this one, her confidence shot up. Though she had moments of insecurity (who wouldn't when the entire world counted on you to survive), she was a strong leader who inspired people to fight. Obviously, in this book, Katriona is trying to build an army to help her fight Darkness. It's not as easy as it sounds. The people of Encardia are tired of fighting. Getting them motivated isn't exactly a walk in the park. How does she manage with that problem? I'll let you figure that out. And, let me tell you, it's positively awe-inspiring.
Arland...what can I say? He is perfection at its finest. He was determined to protect Katriona and whenever she got hurt, he saw it as his failure. It was both sweet-in that he was so determined to keep her safe-and sad-because he blamed himself every time Katriona got hurt. He was supportive of Katriona and basically the most perfect boyfriend ever to exist (and maybe more...;). I LOVED their relationship. It is the purest, most true love ever. I swear, whenever they were on the page together, I would undoubtedly be smiling at how adorable their relationship is.
Perth was an interesting character. He doesn't approve of his father and how his father rules, so he's decided to join with Katriona in the fight. This doesn't turn into a love triangle (how could it with the absolute devotion in Katriona and Arland's relationship). At first, he was a thorn in my side. But he kind of grew on me. By the end of the book, I was grudgingly admitting that I was actually fond of him. Don't worry, he'll grow on you to, whether you want him to or not.
The other characters were all dynamic. Katriona's mother showed a different side of her. Brit grows as she sticks with Katriona in the fight. Brad is still there, despite being taken over by Darkness. I'm hoping for the best for him in the next book. Really all of the characters were interesting.
The story was, of course, thrilling and romantic. There is a lot more action in this one, as the fight has truly started. Similarly, the romance is more intense as Katriona and Arland's relationship grows. I got to be more familiar with the whole mythology in this book. In the first one, things were a little fuzzy. In Wilde's Army, I was able to truly understand the whole issue about the magic and the gods. I also got to know the world of Encardia a lot better. And the ending to this book. It had me both smiling and having a panic attack. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book to see how the war turns out, how the love story grows, how all the the characters get along. Ms. Wade, please write fast! I'm dying to find out what happens next.
Wilde's army was perfection, a worthy sequel to Wilde's Fire. Loved every moment of it.
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!