Monday, October 23, 2017

Refuge Review (Relentless #2)

Refuge (Relentless #2)
By: Karen Lynch

To keep the people she loved safe, Sara left everything she knew behind. She soon learns this new world is nothing like her old one, and she struggles to make a place for herself among the Mohiri. But it soon becomes apparent to Sara and to everyone one around her that she is not your typical warrior.

As the weeks pass, Sara builds new relationships, copes with her new trainers, and tries to manage her ever-changing powers, while keeping her unique heritage a secret. Looming in the background is the constant shadow of the Master who will do anything to find her.

Sara finds herself on a journey of self-discovery that uncovers her true strengths and awakens a part of her she never knew existed. She experiences the delight of new friendships, the sweetness and pain of first love, and a loss so deep it could be the thing that finally breaks her. At the end of it all, she discovers that the one place she was supposed to be safe might not be the refuge she thought it was.

This was a fantastic book that really illustrated the incredible amount of character growth that Sara experienced. Being the second book in the Relentless trilogy it picked up a couple weeks after the first book left off, easing some of the misgivings that the reader was left with at the end of the first novel. We got to see how Sara was handling living with her own people in a foreign environment surrounded by strangers. What started off as a story of loneliness and frustration quickly grew into an uplifting story of personal development as Sara worked hard to better herself in her training and make new friends. 

My favorite parts were all the happenings with Nikolas. The author plays his character close to her chest as she constantly leaves us guessing as to what his thoughts and emotions are. He comes across as being overprotective of Sara, making us think that he wants nothing more than to be with her, then he has some sort of arbitrary mood swing and becomes hostile and aggressive making us think that Sara is more of an annoying obligation to him. Sara's feelings, on the other hand, are pretty clear to the reader as we have the advantage of a front seated view of the story from her point of view. I was beyond satisfied with the ending of this story and again, could not wait to download and read the third installment of this series. 

The author introduced a lot of new characters in this book, and kept my old favorites involved as well, as she included Roland and Peter in this story as much as they had been in the first. She created Sara's first female best friend, Jordan, and her character is as captivating as Sara is, with the added bonus of a great sense of humour. There was something deeply satisfying to watching Sara create a deep and lasting friendship with a member of her own people, knowing that this bond was part of the foundation of her new life as Mohiri. It was also beneficial to see her discover and get to know family members from her mothers side that she wasn't aware existed. Part of what makes Sara's character so valuable is the bonds that she creates with almost all of the people and animals that she meets. She is such a caring individual that even the most standoffish of creatures is drawn to her.

This book ends in a cliff hanger that keeps the reader needing to know more about Sara's adventures. Especially where Nikolas is involved, as their story seems as if it's finally developing beyond friendship before it's cut short by Sara running away. 

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Be on the lookout for my review of the third book of the trilogy!
Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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