GoodReads Summary: She's fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?Expected publication date: 31/12/13
Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever.
But there's a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever.Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision.
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This is the second conclusion to a trilogy I've finished this month, and I'm happy to report that it is another satisfying one. The romance was delightful, the world-building thorough, and the characterization spot on.
Avry and Kerrick have been through a lot and trouble continues to follow them in ToD. The book opens with Avry discovering that Kerrick has disappeared, a search soon ensues and although there is a silent agreement that Kerrick is no more she refuses to believe it. I've said it once, I'll say it again, Avry is a selfless, kind, and kick-butt heroine. When she finds out that Kerrick is missing her stubborn nature doesn't allow her to break down or whine, instead she takes action - she searches and searches and even when she has to stop she doesn't lose hope. Avry and Kerrick are one of my favourite YA couples, their love and mutual respect for each other always has me swooning. Oh, and there is a lot of kissing in ToD so, you know, there's that too.
Taste of Darkness, as the titles hints is darker than the previous two books. We finally meet the elusive Skeleton King and man is he creepy. And of course there's Tohon, who's presence does not waver despite being frozen in a stasis for most of the book. The delightful set of secondary characters are also back and I have to say that Flea has become surprisingly dear to me and I just love Odd and Ryne.
If there's one thing that can be said about Snyder it's that she never fails to impress. Her Study trilogy is up there on my favourites shelf and now this is too.