Goodreads: Prince of Secrets and Shadows (The Order of the Crystal Daggers #2)

Author: C.S. Johnson

Published: 4th December 2018 (Prodigy Gold Books)

Source: Copy from Publisher

Rating: 4/5 (Really liked it)

Official Summary: ““How do I know you’re telling me the truth?” The last thing I wanted to do was hurt him, but if I did not find a way to break free of him, I would risk doing even more harm.

Ferdy met my gaze with his. “I promise you this, Ella, that as of now, I will never lie to you again.” He leaned forward and kissed me again, and I stood there, letting him, desperately debating whether I could trust him or not. His promise burned through me, his words scorched into my being. It was so tempting to believe him, more tempting than anything else I had ever faced in all my life.

Freedom was only freedom if I could trust it to be true.

PRAGUE, 1870

After joining the Order of the Crystal Daggers, led by her dauntless grandmother, Lady Penelope, Eleanora Svobodová set out to save her kingdom from oncoming devastation.
And she failed.
Following the attack on Prague Castle, Eleanora is determined to redeem herself. She sets out to win Karl’s trust while distancing herself from Ferdy, whose secrets and lies have done nothing to stop her from falling in love with him. As she struggles to let him go, questions about the mission and her mother’s past cause a rift between Amir and Lady Penelope and add to the growing discord between Eleanora and her brother.
But when a cunning provocateur arrives in Prague, Eleanora discovers there is an even more deadly game afoot, one that reaches into Amir’s past and threatens Lady Penelope’s future. Now, the members of the Order must work together if they are to uncover the true enemy hiding in Bohemia.
Can they work together despite their divisions? Or will their division lead to even more destruction? ” – Goodreads

Review: Not going to lie, I didn’t like it as much as the first but that was because this was more romance based than the first. I am not a romance kind of girl. She kept second guessing herself which I just found a little annoying. I know I know. She has to learn to trust her instincts and herself. But in my mind, she a kick-ass female, fighting for the truth.

Would have liked to have seen more detail to the fighting too, there was a lot of talking while fighting. Which is a skill in itself. I liked how Lady POW a 70+ old woman was kicking butt. I know that sounds weird but it wasn’t weird, it was amazing. Just because you are older doesn’t mean you can’t kick some butt.

(Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the Publisher. Does not affect my review)