Talk of war has reached Lakewood and Derrick is busy day and night crafting weapons and armor for his father, which keeps him from thinking of Jeslyn and how she left. When Lucy shows up at his shop, smirking, and talking about Jeslyn's mysterious disappearance, he's ready to slice off her head; instead, he decides to see if her claims about Jeslyn and Lucino vanishing together are true.
As Derrick and Lucy embark on a hunt to find Jeslyn and Lucino, their hatred will turn into mutual acceptance as the trail will lead them into Nomad's land and straight into war.
I still haven't decided on what my general opinion is on these in-between books that seem to be everywhere lately. Of course, if it's a favourite series, it's always great to be able to read more about it. But I'm always afraid the stories don't really add something to the story.
This short story set of Broken Forest and Wicked Path focuses on two characters we've not really seen in the second book. I really had to think who Derrick was again, I'd all but forgotten about him.
Fans of the series will certainly like it, and for me it's hard to judge right now how much of it will be useful in the third full length novel which will be published shortly, but for now, while an entertaining and fast read, I didn't think it added much to the story or was really long enough to get to know either Lucy or Derrick.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review during this blog tour.