ebook, 554 pages
Published November 2020
Original Title A Wind From the Rift
Series The Price of Magic #2
Rating: 4/5 books
I received an earc from Talem Press in exchange for an honest review
The sorceress has broken free of her shackles.
Months of imprisonment have forged Gwyn into something new; something dangerous. Eight dead sorceresses whisper in her ear, hungry for blood and vengeance – and after unleashing the red magic to make her escape, she fears she won’t be able to stop.
All Gwyn really wants is to go home. But as she soon discovers, escaping the Clockwork City may prove an impossible task. The wizards of the Syndicate wage a silent, bloody war over her fate, and to survive, she must play their deadly game.
As strange storms ravage the city and wizards start turning up dead, Gwyn finds herself in more danger than ever. With enemies on every side, the immortal Scions massing their armies, and the dark power inside her growing stronger, she must make a choice… To save everything she loves, is she willing to become the monster the Syndicate fears?
A Wind from the Rift is the electrifying second volume in Bonnie Wynne’s spellbinding fantasy series, The Price of Magic.
A Wind From the Rift picks up right where The Ninth Sorceress left off, Gwyn in now free from her imprisonment. She is not the same as when she was first captured and went in, she is changed and stronger, something to be feared by the Syndicate.
All Gwyn wants is to go back home to the few friends and family she has left but escaping from The Clockwork City is harder than it sounds. With the Syndicate lurking around every corner and knowing the ins and outs of the city, Gwyn feels her dreams of escape slowly fading.
Gwyn is caught by the Syndicate and is pretty much given a choice, either back into the vaults (the lowest of the lows of prisons in the city) or become a student. Weighing her options, Gwyn agrees to become a student, knowing that her chances of escaping may still be possible. Under the tutelage of a slew of the teachers Gwyn learns to hone her powers and to fight the urge to use her “red magic” She does make a few friends along the way, but she also makes a few enemies too.
The ending of the book was a bit of a shock, I didn’t see much of that coming, and poor Enoch, I need to know what happens to him in the next book.
I found this to be a good read for a second book, I didn’t really think it hit that “sophomore slump” that you sometimes find in some book series. Bonnie Wynn has done a great job of building on the characters that we met in the first book and that we are also introduced to in the second book. Building on the history of the Scions was also a great addition to this book. Knowing the history of the Scions and the legends that represent them was a nice addition to get a better understanding of who the scions are and what it is they each represent.
I know there is just the two books listed on Goodreads right now, but I’m really hoping there will be more. This is such a great series to pick up, it’s a great fantasy read with some dark elements thrown in.