By Elizabeth C. Bunce
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011. 356 pgs. Teen fiction
Digger has returned to her home city of Gerse and find that Durrel Decath, the young noble who was one of her rescuers when she was fleeing the city before, is in prison, accused of murdering his wife. As Digger investigates what really happened, she finds out that there's much more doing on than she realized, including the smuggling and extortion of magical people. Proving that Durrel didn't kill his wife proves harder than she thought--as does denying her growing feelings for him.
A lot of times, the second book in a series is boring or slow; I think Bunce did a good job avoiding that. This book moved pretty well, with action, adventure, and a dash of romance. Fans of Starcrossed will appreciate that. At the same time, they might find themselves disappointed by the fact that most of the characters from the first book don't make an appearance in the second. And for those who hoped Digger's love life might involve a certain rebel prince, they'll be disappointed to see the romance heading a different direction. Overall, though, a lot of fun, and the cliffhanger ending will leave readers hoping Bunce and her publishers put out the third book really quickly.