Summary: Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
This series continues to be one of the most fascinating out there. It’s incredibly rare to find villains as main characters, but Marie Lu has done it spectacularly. This book is everything the series needed in order to advance both the plot and the characters forward. It was dark, it was cruel, it was heartless. With small spots of light intertwined through the book, every heartstring was tugged at some point or another.
Marie Lu has crafted one of the most spectacular villains out there. Adelina is dark and cruel but has just enough light left in her to make you root for her no matter what her actions may be. There were times towards the end where she was downright frightening. The dynamic between the Daggers and the Roses was incredible. You see two groups fighting for the same thing in oppposite ways and the masterful way it’s written is breathtaking. The relationship between Adelina and her sister was also taken to new heights, and Violetta became fleshed out in a way she had not been before. Given what was seen at the end, their future as a pair is certainly something to look forward to.
The addition of new characters is what really made this book stand out. Magiano and Sergio added a new level to what the Young Elites really are and showed the scope (and subsequent danger) of their powers. However, old characters were still interspersed and developed at the same time. Without giving too much away, a certain character coming back added even more to the story. It took the book places you may never have seen coming, and will take it even further in the next installment.
The ending was spectacular, and led to so many questions to be answered in the final book. Marie Lu has always been brilliant in her conclusions, and the next book is sure to be anticipated even more than this one was.