Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This second book about the Casters is quite good, delving deeper into the worlds of Mortals and Casters while also exploring the very human idea of identity.
On one level it's about Lena, the Caster, and Ethan, the Mortal, and their Mortal or Caster relatives (and animals) and a few Keepers. On another it's about whether we allow others to define us and whether we have free will. I enjoyed both levels, sometimes one more than the other.
The reason for the three stars? The segue to the next book, and the issues/conflicts it will hold are very obvious (sledgehammer obvious at times), and there are questions that could have been answered in place of exposition to things that didn't matter that much.
ARC provided by publisher.
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