This is an otherwise excellent romance marred by flimsy plot devices. Though the characters are fleshed out, especially the near-faceless Will, the plot rides on contrived conflict and more last-second rescues than are really called for. The love story is very well done, though — Will, Jacinda and Cassian dance in a tantalizing love triangle with just the right amount of stolen kisses and star-crossed anguish, but not too much pathetic mooning from the jilted party.
In this sequel to Jordan’s 2010 dragon drama, Jacinda and her family return disgraced to a furious pride after Jacinda reveals her draki status to save the boy she loves. Jacinda knows she must put her past behind her and try to readjust to pride life, but Will isn’t exactly easy to forget. He should have no memory of the night Jacinda returned to her pride, but somehow he does. And if he could find Jacinda, if he could find a way for them to be together, could she deny him, however wrong their union is? (HARPERTEEN, Aug., 304 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780061935107, HC, 12 & Up)