Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: October 6, 2014
Pages: 287 (ebook)
My Rating: ★★★★★
“In Wicked Path: Book Two of the Daath Chronicles brother and sister are forced to opposite sides of Tarrtainya on a fast-paced adventure where the wildlife isn’t the only thing trying to kill them.
Three months have passed since Avikar defeated the Reptilian Prince, and he still can’t remember his battle with Lucino. On the hunt for answers, he returns to the scene of the fight and discovers a strange connection between his family’s dagger and the mysterious kingdom of Daath, and it seems only his distant father can reveal the truth behind it all.
Before Avikar can travel back home, Lucy assaults him in the market and forces him to flee to Nod Mountains—a place few dare to enter, and even less return from. With Raven and her childhood friend by his side, they must survive the treacherous journey through the pass with a vengeful Lucy hunting them. If they don’t, they’ll never see home again.
Jeslyn’s new life in Luna Harbor is the perfect remedy for her confused and broken heart. But when a group of mercenaries kidnap her beloved Grandfather, interrupting her daily routine as his jewelry apprentice, she’s forced to join forces with the one person from her past she tried to forget.
And his assistance comes with a price.”
Wicked Path by Eliza Tilton (Good Reads)
**May Contain Spoilers**
I received this free copy from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review.
So three months have passed now since Lucino was defeated by Avikar. Derrick and Jeslyn returned home while Avikar stayed behind in Daath with his new love Raven. But that wasn’t the only reason, as he stayed to try to remember battling the Reptilian Prince.
I didn’t connect as well with Avikar in the last book but he seemed a little more focused this book. He has lost some of his self-imposed guilt, having been able to rescue his sister as was planned.
I was shocked to find that Jeslyn had not married Derrick and had left home again. She moved to live with her grandfather in Luna Harbour and was learning to make jewelry, and trying to forget the boy/reptilian shape-shifter.
Lucy makes her presence known as well, to Avikar and Raven. Avikar decides it’s time to leave but Raven’s childhood best friend, aptly nicknamed “Blond Boy” (yeah this is because I can’t remember the guy’s name, it works! Ha ha!) encouraged Raven and Avikar to follow him up into the Mountains.
I enjoyed this part of the journey because I’m an avid Guild Wars 2 player, and damn ice spiders!
Jeslyn’s grandfather is kidnapped by mercenaries and at this time Lucino makes his presence known. Somewhat. He does take someone else’s shape and applies it to his own. However, Jeslyn is wise enough to figure out that Edward is actually Lucino. Despite knowing Lucino is a snake and is often out for his own ends, she needs his help to rescue her grandfather. So they team up together and set off to the Nomad King’s area to try to get him back. Their adventure turns into a rather grand one of sorts and begins to bring out “all the feels” for both parties.
It makes you want to try to trust Lucino, just a bit.
Eliza Tilton is a phenomenal story-weaver. The land of Tarrtainya is captivating and the characters continue to pull you in. I’m enjoying seeing Jeslyn blossom into a stronger woman, Avikar is definitely going to have to learn some humility some day.
I’m really glad that this book didn’t suffer from “Second Book Syndrome”. In fact, it’s another second novel where it’s better than the first. Which means, the best is yet to come!
I am more keen on the Lucino/Jeslyn scenario, because I feel that she and him have a long and interesting road ahead of them. Lucino tries to stay with his father’s path but his human side is trying to win out as well and Jeslyn is about to get a lesson in the shape-shifting world of Mirth.
I’m enjoying this journey for sure!
Will be cross posted on Good Reads.
Meet the Author:
Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.
Eliza Tilton website