By Dark Deeds (Blade & Rose #2) by Miranda Honfleur
Brennan turned into the man I always knew he could be. Jon, as well, turned into the man I always knew. He allows himself to be taken over by his rage, and his emotions (which we saw hints of in the first book, and constantly annoyed me, especially when his jealousy would devolve into anger). Leigh gets his own love story, which only placated me in the sense that I still love Leigh, but no longer expect him to get with Rielle again. And poor Rielle. Her story was heartwrenching, and reading about her being sold into slavery was not enjoyable. The whole time I was reading it I knew I just needed to get through it because the darker and deeper she went, the more glorious her return would be. (except for well, Jon ruining everying, and Brennan making everything exquisite).
I love that OIivia remains her best friend and constantly cares about her, although her fondness for Jon and attempts at 'fixing' him, yet remaining his friend are annoying. And of course, you knew she was going to be betrayed...
Plotwise, I feel more and more like I am reading a more enjoyable version of GoT. Where action actually happens, characters give in to lust and love, and these are good people you want to succeed.
I can't help feel like Rielle's magic gives her a pass on everything. Honestly, when she's not cuffed in acanair is there anything she can't do? Any time there is a scene with mages and non-magic wielders, it's never a fair fight. Non-magic users are crushed without preamble. Always. It's only fair when the two opponents both use magic.
Continue to love the world-building. The Immortals awakening and entering through the Rift seems very heavy-handedly stolen from Tamora Pierce's The Immortals series, which irks me. (Tammy is my favorite author.) But there's something to be said for being inspired by your favorite art and imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, blah blah blah... In actuality, only the immortals awakening as a plot structure is the same (and the frost giants having the ability to freeze their enemies), and the character arc and development is totally different.