It is a few years after the events of Knight of Light. Lady Auriella (Aura) struggles with her duty as England’s Watcher and protector against the court’s perception of her as an eligible, powerless woman. But Auriella still misses her fiancé Lucas, reported killed in the Crusades, and she cannot fathom taking a suitor.
The threat of Erebus and the Shadow Legion hangs over the kingdom, dismissed by King Henry’s successor Edward and the rest of the nobility. Auriella knows its power, and the monstrous Shadow Lords keep trying to destroy her at every opportunity, even in her bath.
Even as the Legion draws nearer, the ignorant Edward gives Auriella an impossible assignment in Scotland. She must obey, even though it means abandoning her responsibility to the kingdom and her reunion with the newly returned Lucas, whom Edward has made his captain of the guard.
Lucas proposes to Auriella and she finally feels comfortable sharing her secret Neviahan identity with him, though he seems averse to it. Blinding herself to doubt, Auriella sets out on her quest.
Eden’s storytelling continues to thrill. An attack in Scotland by the dreaded Shadow Wolves chills the blood. Auriella meets Azrael, Scotland’s mysteriously masked Watcher, when his tiger Baby saves her from the intended assassination. Azrael and Korban and Orion, his fellow Neviahans with their own powers, puzzle Auriella. She hasn’t spent much time with her own kind, and she has much to learn.
Azrael’s bullish and forward way disconcerts Auriella, but she finds that without the gift of Starfire–his fire combined with her blood–they cannot hope to defeat Erebus. Not only that, but her link to him seems deeper than just their shared heritage and powers. Despite the sensations her fellow warrior ignites in her, Ariella clings to her vision of the future–to return to London, reunite with her beloved Lucas, and save the kingdom from the enemy’s deceit.
Will the Neviahans succeed? What will happen to the unprotected kingdom? Could King Edward be any more of a jerk? Find out yourself!
I enjoyed revisiting this world and the characters. Ruburt the Dwarf, friend to Auriella, returns with wisdom and guidance for her. No Cassi the pixie, darn it. Perhaps she will return in a later installment.
Hidden Fire is a bit rougher than the first book (lots of swallowing hard and a few editing mistakes), but the story moves just as quickly. Eden hints at a more mature romantic relationship for Auriella. Young adult readers may see themselves in her longings and her struggle to master the huge responsibilities she’s been given–she’s got a lot going on, just like they do. Growing up is hard, folks.
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I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Quotes from the book I liked:
“Open your heart and the man you are destined to be with will naturally fill that void.” –Pearl, Hidden Fire
Let’s hope so, Pearl.
“We have to go through hell to get to heaven.” –Azrael, Hidden Fire