Book Reviews

review; steadfast

by Claudia Gray

Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine have saved Captive’s Sound from the dark Sorceress Elizabeth…or so they thought. Despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia’s magic is magnified and she is more powerful than ever. But there is still so much she doesn’t know about the craft, leaving her open and vulnerable to a darker magic… which has begun to call Nadia’s name.

Review:Let me start by saying HOLY SHIT.

Okay, now down to actual thoughts, if I can get them in order. I have been wanting to read this since I finished Spellcaster earlier this year, but haven’t been able to find the book in the local bookstores. I am planning to order it online, but couldn’t wait that long to read it, especially after I found out that there was a copy at the local library. I borrowed the book, obviously, and finished it in the same day.

I could not put it down. I just – read the whole thing in this one day. All the things that was built up in the first book, the characters – fully utilised and fleshed out even more in this one. We learn more about Mateo’s visions, and the Steadfast bond with Nadia, and we also get more questions. Their relationship though, is so gorgeous and sweet and achingly heartbreaking.

I love all the development with Verlaine. Learning more about her life, her view on the curse that was placed on her, just made her all the more a tragic figure for me. I adore her so much. And the fact that Asa is being fleshed out as well? That the connection between them is so painful and genuine is just amazing. My crackship is a thing that is canon, you guys. I cannot.

Wish I could learn more about Gage, especially since Elizabeth shamelessly used him in this novel. Will there be repercussions to that? On him especially? I am rather fond of Gage Calloway.

But shit, the end though. The end was heartbreaking and achingly hopeful, and I cannot wait for the last book to come out next year because I think it will be fabulous.

I’m Aradhna, a 25 year old who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. Recently graduated with a degree in Communications and currently completed a Masters course in Creative Writing (Screenwriting), this blog is a chronicle of all things to do with my Masters project, as well as other general geekiness. I get distracted and sidetracked easily.

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