In the second instalment of the Rotstorm series, heroine Floré must continue to fight back against the encroaching children of the storm – but now her daughter Marta is dying, too. Can Floré save her daughter, and her people, from threats familiar and new?
Break the chains. Hold your strength. Burn your foes.
Once a warrior of the Stormguard Commandos, Floré wrought horrors in the rotstorm to protect her people. She did her duty and swore to leave the bloodshed behind. But when her daughter, Marta, was kidnapped, Floré was forced to once again raise her gauntlet against the devils of Ferron to bring her home.
Now Marta is dying from the skein-magic she inherited from her father, and the Protectorate is weakened by the absence of the whitestaffs. The mystical order of healers and sages fled to their island citadel of Riven when strange orbs cut through the night.
Floré and her comrades must race to find a cure for Marta, to find the truth of the whitestaffs’ betrayal, and to fight back against the encroaching children of the storm.
Floré has taken up her gauntlets and her sword to keep her people safe – but steel alone might not be enough…
My thoughts: a lot happens in this book, and there are various interludes and different characters have their own chapters, as the disparate groups slowly start to meet. The soldiers that Florè and Benazir command are heading off to hunt for the whitestaffs, who have withdrawn to their island home, Tullan One-Eye is also around and the rotfolk are on the move, led by a charismatic crow-man. Ashbringer is still hunting Tullan, Janos might still be alive somehow, and Marta desperately needs him.
As each character moves towards the others, there will be fighting, there will be loss, but perhaps there will also be some clarity as to what it is the Stormguard are fighting, and why the whitestaffs have run.
Florè and her comrades continue to be interesting and enjoyable figures, though I want more from mole-person Voltos and also more Cuss and Yselda. Hopefully the next book will do that.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.