If you haven’t read the first book in this planned trilogy, a bit of advice: You’ll probably want to. McHugh has built a complicated fantasy world, and coming in mid-series may leave new readers a bit lost with the large cast of characters. The attraction between Arden and her protector, Dev, is still there, at a slow burn, but Arden’s relationship with Kell, the Prince of Ranello, sets up a team Kell/team Dev dynamic that will have readers choosing sides before the end of the book. Most will probably be happy with the result, but some may be disappointed.

Arden Soulbearer had the nickname “Trouble” long before her body became the host for the soul of Loku, the god of chaos. Dev Tel’Brien is her protector, but his job is made more difficult by Arden’s knack for getting herself into tight spots — and the number of people who want to kill her. Delivering her to Gravaria should keep her safe and provide her training, but what happens when she’s in just as much danger there? (CRISTAMCHUGH.COM, Oct., 344 pp., $13.99)
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Cyndy Aleo