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28537304Sacrifice, the sequel to Serpentine, plunges Skybright into the terrifying underworld where demons are bred and whisks her up to the magnificent Mountain of Heavenly Peace where the gods dwell.

Stone is stripped of his immortal status and told to close Hell’s breach, which mysteriously remains open, threatening mortals.

Zhen Ni, Skybright’s former mistress and friend, has been wed to the strange and brutish Master Bei, and finds herself trapped in an opulent but empty manor. When she discovers half-eaten corpses beneath the estate, she realizes that Master Bei is not all that he seems.

As Skybright works to free Zhen Ni with the aid of Kai Sen and Stone, they begin to understand that what is at risk is more far-reaching then they could ever have fathomed.

***Disclosure: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.***

What’s Good:  Picks up right where Serpentine left off, so you’re right back in the thick of things from the jump.  Which also means you really need to have read the first book to fully grasp what’s happening.

Initially I was drawn to the series because it wasn’t the same old- diversity’s a strong selling point to me, and a YA novel based upon Chinese mythology & culture was irresistable.  While I’d like to have seen more of the Underworld, etc, it kinda felt like it should be that way: characters only know so much so their perspective would be limited.  And as we see things as the characters do, that limits our knowledge as well.

To me, the strongest aspect of the book was the character development. Had some problems with Kai Shen, but Zhen was… interesting.  lol

Skybright has to come to terms with her new form and finding a place for herself, and does so.  Good job with that.

What’s Bad: Fell back into a few tropes and cliches.  Kai Shen started turning into a Gary Stu (the male version of a Mary Sue) right before your eyes, and I’m still not sure why.  No real surprises or twists to the plot; just kinda moved along the direction it was already headed.

What’s Left: a solid, entertaining story that draws you in.  This duology’s a fine one to add to your collection.

4/5 stars.

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