This second installment was an awesome follow up to one of my favorite books last year. I loved where the author took these characters. This is not a happy fairy tale where everything is right with the world; bad things happen to good characters, but Sharon Bayliss is brutal with a deft hand. This book follows where the last one left off. Where the first book focused mainly on the father in the story and was structured around the adult situations related to having an affair and the consequences of that action, but this story is focuses on the children.
This book feels more like a young adult novel than the first, dealing with first loves and forbidden loves. It tells the story of what can happen when people hate and how that hate can infiltrate a family. I don't want to give anything away, but we learn more about the different seasons of witches, how they interact, what their proficiencies represent, and powers they inherit.
Overall this was a really strong second book. It did not feel like the "middle" story. It has a strong plot, and develops the characters we already know very well along with introducing some new characters. I get lost in theses tales; they are well written and create a wonderful alternate world immersed in our own.
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