Broken Accord (Jia’s review)

Title: Broken Accord (Forged in Blood #2)
Author: Holly Evans
Publisher: Chaos Fox
Release Date: April 20th 2018
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Shifter
Page Count: 172
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


The work of a Guardian is never done.

I didn’t even get a week off before the goddess called us in for our next assignment. Witchlings, none more than fifteen years old, have been going missing, and we had to find out why. That meant I had to deal with witches, and the memories of my childhood that came with it.

I have to work with Alasdair to track down the missing teens and save the day whilst trying to navigate the treacherous waters of our fledgling relationship. Knowing that the goddess made us for each other doesn’t erase my past and all of the scars that come with it. Falling in love is the scariest thing I’ve ever done.

Of course, nothing’s ever simple. The missing witchlings are just beginning of a dark path that I have no choice but to walk down. The supernal world is fracturing, dangerous politics are bubbling beneath the surface. One false move could ignite everything. Sometimes, if we want to save the world, we have to get our hands dirty.

Broken Accord takes off from where the other ended almost and this time witchlings are disappearing and there’s a new drug on the market causing non-magicals to have magic for a period of time and is highly addictive and not soon after there’s another problem of missing fae with another drug that drains the magic from those who are born with magic. The fae insist the guardians need to solve this which they agree to try. However, Alasdair and Niko don’t really gather any info about this case although, in the end they kinda solve both. Can’t say more since it’ll ruin the plot still, how they handled the second case… It didn’t really do anything for the story in this book at least, if it’s a build up for the next book then this case could have been more fleshed out, given us more than just a side note.

I still find the whole nobody should know Niko has magic a bit strange since many could sense or smell it on him so it can’t really stay hidden… right? Shifters, fae and at least the shadow priest in the first book could sense or smell it.

Niko’s and Alasdair’s relationship continues to evolve although here there’s no mention about the past and it seems as Niko trust Alasdair more and relaxes into his touches even welcoming them, not to mention he seems to pick up on the other’s honest intentions and the fact that they are made for each other so at this point I’m more leaning towards why is Niko still scared? Not much reaction to bonding here but for the kiss he’s more wary.

The ending felt a little rushed and I would have wanted more details of the solved crimes.

It’s an enjoyable read with intrigue although I expected more after the first book. There were plot points which could have been better developed and this book didn’t grab me as the first one did.

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