Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.
But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.
But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?
The shocking sequel that cuts deep and won’t be put down until it breaks your heart.
*possible spoilers, but nothing huge*
The sequel to The Jewel continues precisely where it left off and oh man is it crammed with action and shocking scenes from the offset! I was in tears within the first couple of chapters and I think my heart may have literally broke! 😥
The author is definitely not opposed to creating the most horrific scenes that make me blubber like a baby and keep me turning the pages like an ADDICT!
We discover so much more about the characters former lives within the city and delve into some seriously dark sh#t. Ash’s background and experience in The Companion House is especially haunting. His forced participation within the house is borderline abusive, mentally and physically and he hates himself for it. He’s ashamed and doesn’t believe he’s worthy of love or affection, specifically Violet’s. I just want to squeeze him and tell him that everything will be okay – HE IS WORTHY!
In the first book, we hear snippets of conversation about experiments on the surrogates. Raven was one of them and boy did it mess her up big time! She’s not the person she once was and has severe flash backs and delusional spells frequently. She was basically tortured during these ‘experiments’ and my heart bleeds for her! She’s broken inside and wants to be fixed desperately. The only semi ‘good’ thing to come out of it, is her new ability to sense emotions. She calls them whispers and she can practically taste someone’s feelings and thoughts, it’s honestly incredibly cool.
The secret society of ‘The Black Key’ really becomes a crucial part of the story and its members are scattered all over the city, wanting revenge on the royals who did them wrong. Sign me up, I want my own revenge on those cold-blooded tyrants!
One character who I’ve come to adore, is Garnet. He seemed like such an entitled pompous idiot in the first book, but that’s all a fabrication and his true agenda comes out in full force. He’s sweet and funny and wants to be part of something good and pure! I’m probably a little bit in love with the guy!
Violet evolves hugely in this book and I can feel the fire inside of her, waiting to be released. She’s so incredibly strong and resilient and I’m extremely proud of who she has become! I honestly cannot wait to witness her full potential take effect and tear down those royal walls.
The ending .. I AM SHOOK! I’m a mess, I’m confused, I have so many FEELINGS! Just, why?!! Don’t do me like this Amy!
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Hope you enjoyed! Until next time ❣