Hope comes at the darkest times in order to help us move on and to accept what is happening to us. Morgan Montgomery learns this in the most dire of circumstances. She knows that she has betrayed her entire clan and that she deserves to be punished for being a traitor. She should not have exposed their identity as Ikati, ancient shapeshifters, nor should she have allowed other members of her clan to be hurt or killed. She accepts her death sentence, but when she receives a last minute reprieve, suddenly hope is born.
Unfortunately for Morgan, in order to remain alive, she must hunt down the head of the Expurgari. She knows this is a difficult challenge, but it is the only hope she has to stay alive and to gain her freedom. Alexander Luna, an Ikati assassin, is sent with Morgan to both help her and to carry out her death sentence if she doesn’t succeed in the two week time limit she has been given.
Xander may be the son of an Alpha, but he has lived on the outside of his clan from the time he was sent at the age of six to train with a master assassin. He will do what he is charged to do, but as he gets to know Morgan, he will find himself becoming more drawn to her and reluctant to think about how everything will end.
Morgan and Xander are tasked with a seemingly impossible mission that they must hope to complete. They both struggle with trust and their roles in the Ikati society. Hope is their only strength as they figure out how to find the Expurgari and to live with each other.
I liked most of this book, but found that the action dragged at times for me. There is a lot of description of the scenery and settings where Xander and Morgan are. It become a little tedious since it didn’t help to move the story along or to add anything to the plot of the story. I also found that not having read the first book was a bit of a disadvantage. I wasn’t clear on what was going on and on whom the Ikati really were. They are described in vague terms and I felt like the author expected her readers to know what she was talking about. I would strongly recommend reading the first book in this series before this one so that you have the background knowledge.
I did like the interaction between Xander and Morgan. These two characters have a lot in common and are both outsiders which make their dynamic all the more interesting. I wanted to know how they would work things out and if they could complete their mission so the story definitely kept me interested.