Makari has finally come to realize Auren is not the delohi-saqu, and his father, Drevin, Emperor of the Galvadi, has been wrong about her all along. He goes to Zain, Auren’s father, for help to heal Auren’s mind after he had wrongfully broken her. Now Makari vows to protect Auren and help her escape, but she refuses to leave without her father.
Auren and Makari’s love for each other grows, and the connection they share deepens. They have to be careful, however. Spending too much time together is causing the other guides to grow suspicious. Makari’s loyalty is tested, and he is forced to do something he swore he’d never do again.
The dramatic and vivid events of Broken have past, Makari has come to the inevitable conclusion of his twisted upbringing and his feelings for Auren has shown him the truth of his world. The awakening of a character’s misconception to the light of day is a difficult one, too fast and it feels forced, too slow and you lose the reader. Makari’s awakening through the veil of pain and love is told with good balance and felt right for the character.
As the story unfolds and the weight of their imprisonment, Auren’s psychical and Makari’s mental, leaves the pair little room to progress with escape of Auren’s plan. Even in the midst of trouble there is a beacon of light, Auren finally gets to meet her father. This element played out nicely in the story, the realities of a man imprisoned for 18 years, played against the desire to great a climatic meeting wasn’t over dramatic and provided a more realistic felt to the read.
Things come rapidly to a head when the other guards grow suspicious of Makari’s attentions and time with Auren. It wouldn’t say there is not mad dash to a conclusion once suspicions arise, but more of a drawing of the inevitable as the scales finally tip and time begins to run out. Turning Tides is a consolidation of the events leading to Auren’s capture and search for her father, with the added bonus a Makari coming to the side of right.
Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing fantasy. She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker series, and she has also published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. Aside from writing, she loves reading (Fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter.
You can also read a review of Shadow Stalker Ep 8 Broken here.