Talia' story continues right where the previous book left. Our heroine finished her studies and the only thing which stands between her and her acceptance into being a full Herald is one and a half years of internship. Basically she has to patrol the borderlands in the north dispensing Queen's justice and helping defend against the raiders. During one of very heavy snowfalls Talia is trapped with her mentor Kris in a lone shack in the middle of nowhere. The spend most of the book brooding in the said shack.
I am sorry if I did not make the description exciting, but this is exactly how this book feels (I am trying to avoid using the words "boring" and "snooze-fest" here). I compared the first book of the series to that of Harry Potter. To continue the comparison, this one reads like Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but without anything remotely exciting happening - in other words, almost 200 of pages of pure angst.
Talia's character development was set back. I thought she finally overcame her insecurities by the end of the first book, but they are back with a vengeance. She broods. A lot.
Kris plays a major role in here. He was a shadow of a character to begin with and he remains such. If somebody asks me to recall anything outstanding about him, I could only come up with him being outrageously handsome. He broods. A lot.
This book can be used as an example of the Middle Book of a Trilogy syndrome. Before I read it I used Mistborn for such an example, but this one is much better. I rated it with 3 stars, but this is on the low side of 3-star range. The final book shows the signs of improvement, so I keep my hopes up.
This review is a copy/paste of my LeafMarks one: https://www.leafmarks.com/lm/#/users/10968/books/79138/review