The Skylighter (The Keepers’ Chronicles #2)
By Becky Wallace
eARC -I received access to this book from McElderry Books on Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
This title was released March 22, 2016 in Hardcover and Kindle formats
“Johanna and Rafi are in a race against time to save their country before a power-mad Keeper destroys everything they hold dear in the “enthralling magical world” (Cinda Williams Chima, author of The Heir Chronicles) introduced in The Storyspinner.
As the last of the royal line, Johanna is the only person who can heal a magical breach in the wall that separates her kingdom of Santarem from the land of the Keepers, legendary men and women who wield elemental magic. The barrier protects Santarem from those Keepers who might try to take power over mere humans…Keepers who are determined to stop Johanna and seize the wall’s power for themselves.
And they’re not the only ones. As the duchys of Santarem descend into war over the throne, Johanna relies more than ever on the advice of her handsome companion, Lord Rafael DeSilva. But Rafi is a duke too, and his people come first. As their friendship progresses into the beginnings of a tender relationship, Johanna must wonder: is Rafi looking out for her happiness, or does he want the throne for himself?
With war on the horizon, Johanna and Rafi dodge treacherous dukes and Keeper assassins as they race to through the countryside, determined to strengthen the wall before it’s too late…even if it means sacrificing their happiness for the sake of their world.”
I read The Storyspinner (The Keepers’ Chronicles #1) last year and I couldn’t wait to see how things played out with Johanna and Rafi. I don’t read a lot of duologies because I prefer longer stories and I usually feel that you lose some action when the story is condensed into two books. That being said, Becky Wallace did a good job finishing the story, while keeping it full of action.
The wall between the Keepers and the rest of the world is quickly deteriorating. Johanna is needed to restore the magic in the barrier, but some of the Keepers have their own plan in mind and they seek to find her themselves. Dom steps up to protect the kingdom in his brother’s absence and questions his ability as a leader. Meanwhile, Johanna and Rafi are still on the run while Leao and Jacare try to catch up (even though they are sidetracked worrying about Pira).
As much as I loved the relationship between Johanna and Rafi in the first book, I was more drawn to the relationships between other characters in the second book. I would’ve liked a little more information because I feel like there wasn’t quite enough background regarding the history of the Keepers. The ending was a little abrupt and it would’ve been nice to know a little bit more about Johanna’s future, along with her ties to the Keepers. Still, it was enjoyable and I would recommend it.
Have you read The Keepers’ Chronicles? Do you prefer duologies, trilogies, or longer series?