Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
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?
This is the second book in a series by author, Marie Lu. It’s a bit like X-men, where different characters have different powers, but this one’s set in a fantasy world. If you haven’t read it yet, book 1 can be found here.
Oh wow. What a dark book. It almost feels like the heroine is actually the villain. This is like reading a story told from the villain’s point of view. Starting from events of the first book, Adelina is off on a journey to search for other Young Elites like her, so she can take her revenge on the Inquisition. As great as her illusionist powers can be, she still needs a crew if she is to overthrow the kingdom.
In fairness to Adelina, the Inquisition really deserves whatever vengeance Adelina is planning to unleash. It’s an abusive government, led by a deranged man who thinks that all people with special abilities – Young Elites, should be extinguished. They rule with fear and oppression.
Adelina’s character becomes harsher, ruthless and more extreme than ever. She was abused and hated on by her father. She was betrayed by her friends and now she wants revenge. The anger and fear only serve to feed her powers. But despite it all, she still tries to cling to her humanity. She misses being one of the Daggers. She recalls the friendship and camaraderie they had. She has her sister, Violetta, who is supportive of her. And she makes new elite friends.
We get to meet new characters with some wicked special abilities that definitely make the story interesting. There may even be a possibility of another love interest for Adelina. But it’s too early to tell.
I can’t really say much without giving the story away. All I can say is that it’s not your typical Young Adult novel with heroic deeds and righteous quests and swoon-worthy hero. This is a villainous story that will leave you confused on whether to root for the main characters or not. And I freaking loved it.
Rating: 4 Stars