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Crimson Wind by: Diana Pharaoh Francis

Sunday, January 20, 2013

THERE ARE GOOD GUYS. THERE ARE BAD GUYS. AND THEN THERE’S MAX. Max knows what trusting the wrong person can cost you. Her former friend Giselle, a powerful witch, enslaved Max years ago, turning her into a Shadowblade—a deadly warrior compelled to fight for Giselle. But there’s more at stake now than Max’s thirst for revenge. The Guardians, overseers of the magical world, have declared war on humanity and on any witches not standing with them. Max and Giselle have come to an uneasy truce in order to protect what’s left of Horngate, their coven’s home. Max would do anything for Horngate—even give herself over to a mysterious otherworldly creature in the nearby mountains in exchange for his help. But first, she intends to save the mortal family she left behind. And Alexander, the Shadowblade warrior who could be her closest ally or her deadliest enemy, is going with her.

On a road trip into the unknown, Max and Alexander face wild magic, desperate enemies, and battles that bruise both body and soul. But the greatest challenge will come from unexpected revelations that test everything Max believes about who she is—and where her loyalties lie. . . .

Goodreads Summary

In the first book, Max – the main character – was tricked by her friend Giselle – a witch – to because an ultimate fighter called a Shadowblade.  She couldn’t visit her family, or Giselle will go ape-shit and hurt everything Max holds dear. We find out in the second book that her family is in danger, and Giselle finally lets her go to protect people she loves and hasn’t seen in 30 years. Alexander goes along for the ride as well.

I feel bad for saying this, but Crimson Wind wasn’t as appealing to me as the first book. Max still won my heart, but she kind of got on my nerves as well. Alexander confessed his feelings to her in this book, and she turned him down to protect him. I thought that was okay; I mean she’s in a dangerous position, and it’s not really time for a whole lot of lovin’. Shouldn’t she treat him better? She’s a little harsh and stand-offish when he’s trying to help her. I didn’t feel that a strong leader like Max should have done certain actions towards characters. Don’t get me wrong, I still think Max is a perfect lead for this book. She’s still smart, adventurous, caring, and self-sacrificing.  I just sometimes felt like it was a little out of hand. The plot was fast and action packed. I loved reading the hardships and problem solving Max had to endure, and it was great to see her on top. I still am in love with this series… it just felt a little off to me. I’ll pick up the third book no problem! If you want to start this series, PLEASE pick up the first one, you won’t be disappointed.

3/5 stars

*Reviewed by Rachel*

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