This is the second book in the Dark Gifts trilogy. The story picks up right after the end of the first book. Lord Jardin is the interim Chancellor and begins massive crack downs on the slaves and rebels. He also begins talking about implementing new laws against skill-less and Gavar begins to worry about his daughter’s future. Luke has been convicted of murder and condemned. He is turned over to Lord Crovan and taken to his private estate for experimentation and torture.
Abi and her parents are ordered to go to Millmoor slavetown, but Abi escapes along the way. She seeks out Luke’s former ally Heir Meilyr who is working with other rebels to defy the Equals. She begs them to help Luke escape. Meanwhile Silyen has manipulated his way into the House of Light as the heir of Lord Rix. He continues his investigation into Skill and becomes more powerful than ever.
The book is much darker than the first book. It has plenty of action. There is more political maneuvering than the first book and we’re introduced to new characters. The book drags a bit in the middle and I didn’t like it as much as the first one. This seems to be common with second books. I still enjoyed it, though, and recommend you read it.