Warning: contains spoilers for book one
I was very excited when an advanced copy of Edge of Oblivion popped through the letterbox. I really enjoyed the first novel of this series, Shadow’s Edge and was looking forward to finding out what came next in the story of the Ikati and whether Geissinger could follow up on her excellent debut novel. The book starts with a brief history of the Ikati before launching into main story and while this seems a bit abstract at first it ends up providing a backdrop to the overarching plotline and explains why the Ikati have been in hiding for centuries. The story starts off just a few weeks after the ending of book one with Morgan about to face her punishment for betraying her pack to the Expurgari. Needless to say a messy execution has been lined up for Morgan but fate steps in and delivers a reprieve, albeit a short one. Morgan has been given two weeks in Rome to infiltrate the Expurgari or she will be executed. Joining her on the mission is the dark and broody assassin Xander who will either help her or be her executioner. It doesn’t take long for Morgan to realise she is fighting for more than her own life.
Geissinger starts with the classic tale of boy meets girl but in this case the boy he thinks he is going to have to kill the girl in two short weeks. Xander is very gifted, an expert in his field and of course, like any true hero, very handsome. He is also very drawn to Morgan, not just to her beauty but to her inner strength and tries to fight his growing attraction to her for most of the novel. Morgan is also attracted to Xander but perhaps not as deeply as he is with her or at least not as quickly and this is refreshing that the male lead falls first for the heroine rather than what typically happens. Morgan is acutely aware that Xander will be required to take her life if their mission fails but she is able to relate to him and understands how he feels traps in a life that he doesn’t really want. We also find out the chain of events that cause Morgan to betray everything she has ever known, her friends and family in book one.
The action heats up when Dominus, a feral alpha stalks Morgan and wants to claim her to be his queen. He is a very powerful telepath and attempts to gain control of Morgan and when he fails he sends his henchman after them which leads to a hot pursuit through Rome. Dominus however, has a much more nefarious plan than just claiming Morgan as his queen and a number of chapters are dedicated to drawing out both his plan and a introducing his daughter. It’s not until the final chapters that we understand why Geissinger dedicated so much time to this character. There are a number of great plot twists in this story involving Dominus and I don’t want to give anything away as these are the best parts of the story and separate Edge of Oblivion from just being pure romance. Geissinger does resolve a large part of the plot and I am a bit concerned how she will mould what is left into a plot into a third book that is as engaging as the first two novels of this series.
I really enjoyed Edge of Oblivion and thought it was a great follow up to Shadows Edge. Geissinger creates strong female leads who take responsibility for their actions and are willing to put their lives on the line for those they love. Both Morgan and Xander are damaged in some way, Morgan with her desire to be free and Xander with his tortured past. They are fighing not just with each other but for their lives, their freedom and for love. While romance is dominant in the story it didn’t take over and there was a plot full of little surprises that made for an all-round great read.
BOOKS IN ORDER
- Shadow’s Edge
- Edge of Oblivion
- Edge of Surrender (TBC)
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