Book Title: No Quarter
Book Author: Helen Jones
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publishing Date: September 2015
Date Read: October 16th, 2018
Synopsis: ‘Alma, even I do not know what he is capable of…’
Things couldn’t be better for Alma. She’s returned the lost Sword to Ambeth and is finally with Deryck, Prince of the Dark. But what’s really going on? Deryck is struggling with his father, who wants to control Alma, while Alma is struggling with her best friend Caleb, who doesn’t trust Deryck one inch. Plus it’s getting harder and harder to keep up with her life in the human world. Falling in love shouldn’t be this difficult. But things are about to get much worse…
Quests and friendship all fall by the wayside when there’s romance to be had. Plus, spending time with handsome Deryck is much more appealing than with an increasingly angry Caleb. The Light are always on about making choices, so they shouldn’t have a problem with her choosing to be with Deryck. Besides, he’ll protect her from his father – won’t he?
No Quarter was an exciting sequel full of passion, beauty, forbidden romance, and secrecy. I loved how I was thrown back in to the world and felt like I never missed a beat. I was quickly reminded of important events from Oak and Mist and never felt like I forgot anything.
Since most of the world building had been done in book 1, this one seemed to focus more on the story, and the romance. It was sweet and interesting, and though it played out very typically like a YA fantasy/romance, it was still quite captivating. I honestly was able to predict pretty much everything in the story, but I still couldn’t put it down. I finished it in one sitting.
What I enjoyed the most was the flow of the story and the beauty in the writing. It was still very unique and vivid and I just lost myself in the story. I enjoyed Deryck’s character development and change, and I also enjoyed the progression of the story continuing from book 1.
What I didn’t enjoy was Alma’s character progression, or rather, lack thereof. She didn’t stand out for me in this one like she did in book 1. She felt more whiny and weak and I wished for her to grow up a little more.
Despite not really connecting with Alma, I was still invested in her, and the rest of the main characters. I was still rooting for her to find herself and find the regalia for the Light. I still felt emotion during the major plot twists of the story. And I was still surprised and saddened by a particular plot twist at the end!
I enjoyed returning to Ambeth in No Quarter. It kept its richness and uniqueness, and I loved the little details that were revealed that added more mystery to the world and story. It was a quick, easy read that made me feel like I was reading a faerie tale, and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book!
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