Book: Myth & Mortals (Numina Trilogy #2)
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg builds her bewitching world of beasts and betrayal as the Numina Series continues.
Sandis has escaped Kazen’s grasp, but she finds herself unmoored, reeling from her thief friend Rone’s betrayal.
Kazen has been hurt but not stopped, and he’ll do anything to summon the monster that could lay waste to the entire world. Sandis knows she must be the one to stop him, but with her own trusted numen now bound to another, and finding herself with no one she can trust, she is in desperate need of allies. Rone seems determined to help her, but Sandis has no intention of letting him get close to her again. What she doesn’t know is how much Rone gave up to protect her. Or how much more he is willing to give up to keep her safe.
As chaos mounts, Sandis must determine whom to trust. After all, the lines between enemy and ally have never been less clear…and corruption lurks in the most unlikely of places.
I’ve been waiting for this book since back when I first read Smoke & Summons. Pre-ordered and everything because I loved the first one so much. And Holmberg delivered!
Picking up where the first one left off, Myths & Mortals follows the aftermath of Sandis and Rone’s struggles in the previous book. They do a lot more traveling the underbelly of the city, and Sandis comes into her own in a way that didn’t happen in the last book. Though she still very much depends on Rone, she fights for her independence and takes command of the power she’s always had. Her growth into her confidence was really great to see.
Rone gets to grow as well, learning from the mistakes he made and letting himself be vulnerable in front of Sandis. Though it takes him a while, he finally lets Sandis take the lead and stops trying to be her savior and become more like her partner. That was a nice change of pace when it comes to the way male leads are depicted. Getting knocked off the pedestal that Sandis put him on in the first book really humbled him. And while he was never a bad person, his reluctance to fully trust in Sandis made him a poor ally. Now that they’re equals that hopefully won’t be a problem.
The highlight of the book, though, was definitely Bastien. I couldn’t help but giggle at every single pun that came out of him, no matter how bad. For a character described as cowardly, he was anything but, and had a very specific braveness that made him endearing. I really hope he stands out more and look forward to seeing more of him in book three.
All in all a fun read. The only reason I docked a star was because I figured out the ‘mystery’ of this one long before the characters, and I’m not a fan of the cliffhanger ending. At least I only have to wait a few months for the next one!