When Daine is summoned by the wolf pack that saved her life a year earlier, she knows she has to go. She and Numair travel to Dunlath Valley to answer the call. But when they arrive, Daine realizes with a shock that it’s not just the animals whose lives are threatened; people are in danger too. Dunlath’s rulers have discovered black opals in their valley and are dead set on mining the magic these stones embody. Daine learns that Dunlath’s lord and lady plan to use this power to overthrow King Jonathan — even if it means irreversibly damaging the land and killing their workers.
On a mission to save both her animal friends and her human ones, Daine has to master her wild magic in order to fight for the kingdom and triumph over the would-be usurpers.
"Magelet, one thing I have learned is that humans cling to their first knowledge of you, particularly if they have no experience of you once you've changed. Tristan, Alamid, and Gissa knew me in Carthak, when I was a book-bound idiot."
This is, and always has been, my favourite book in the Immortals series. It could be due to the sheer number of animals involved, the introduction of Kit and Tkaa (yes, I know Kit was first seen in Wild Magic, but not until the very end and she certainly didn’t have any personality or interests yet), or just because it was nice to hang out with Daine and her pack and let them try to figure things out for themselves.
It’s easy to lose yourself in this book and just enjoy the story as it takes you on a journey. The animals in Dunlath Valley are engaging and it was interesting to meet Daine’s wolf pack after hearing about them so much in Wild Magic. They’ve changed so much since spending time with Daine and they put their new thoughts and ideas to good use as they enlist her to help them save their new home.
Daine is more settled into her role as a student, exploring what she can and can’t do with her wild magic. It’s nice to see how much she’s grown in a short period of time, able to push the boundaries of what she thinks is possible while staying grounded in herself and her power. She’s become a little jaded in her perception of immortals after her initial encounters with some nasty ones, so I liked that she was forced to realise her bias and had to work to overcome it. It was also interesting to get a glimpse into Numair’s past and to start to put together a picture of who he was as Arram, studying in Carthak.
In the end, this book felt very short and flew by too quickly. I would’ve loved to spend more time in Dunlath Valley with the mix of animals and immortals making life so interesting.