Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor.
Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride.
He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.”
As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region.
But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain. And freedom will come with a price.
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I expected quite a lot from this book because I adored the first book Nameless(review here) so very much; suffice it to say, my expectations were certainly met, and more! Jenkins continues this epic story at a nonstop pace and unlimited action, while still taking the time to highlight character introspection and growth. It was refreshing to be back with Zo and Gryphon and the rest of the Nameless crew as they navigated the dangerous world, while meeting new clans. The introduction of new characters in this book was also exciting to see, as well as more elaboration on the world!
UGH GRYPHON, how do I even start with his character? I love love love him so much. In Nameless we got to see tremendous growth in him when he finally realizes how savage the Ram is. In this book his actions made me clutch my heart and either want to swoon or cry. In the beginning, we see him captured by the Ram and scheduled to be executed. Luckily, he escapes and from there heads out to warn the Raven clan of the impending Ram attack. But he also gets the news from Gabe (GRRR GABE) that Zo, the Wolf healer he fell in love with in the previous book, died. So he continues on his quest to warn the Ravens as a promise to Zo’s memory, which is so sweet.
“That was the cruelty of life. No matter his efforts, he couldn’t make the wind blow a different direction or the waves stand still or the mountains part.”
On the other hand, Zo gets the news that Gryphon has died in the beginning of the book. The characters’ separation made me quite sad because they’re so great together, but it was also awesome to see how much they can accomplish separately as well. Zo ends up finding the Nameless clan that escaped the Ram gates with them, all while on the run from the Ram soldiers. However, they’re also having problems of their own. Jenkins again introduces us to another group of characters: the Clanless. They have no clan, and team up together to antagonize people in “their” mountain. They’re very feral and wild and get what they want. In this case, Zo is what they want, and she ends up sacrificing herself to protect the captured people of the Nameless.
“‘Have you ever been hungry, healer? Really hungry?’
Boar’s chest filled with wind and he barked, ‘No! No one but the Clanless really know what it’s like to feel like Ram spears are jabbing at your innards ALL. THE. TIME.’”
Throughout the book, we’re in both Zo and Gryphon’s head, seeing all this action unfold and take place. While we visit fun old characters like Stone, Eva, Joshua, and Tess, we are also introduced to an amalgam of new characters. Boar is the leader of the Clanless and is seriously demented. Like don’t joke around with him – he’ll, I don’t know, stab you or something. The Ravens were a fun clan to learn about too – especially the children of their leader: Talon, Raca, and Sani. Things are constantly happening in the book, so I really couldn’t put it down. It’s like pausing a movie in the middle of an action scene. Would you do that? NO, of course not (unless you are supremely evil and like torturing you friends, then sure). That being said, it was no surprise I read this in one sitting.
“He wanted to prove that his people weren’t the monsters she believed them to be. Not all of them. Not him.”
It was so heartbreaking to see Gryphon going against his clan and working with the other side in fighting them. You can see how much he still loved the people there (well, some of them), but also didn’t want to continue in their unjust system. His internal conflict is written so empathetically that your heart just goes out to him naturally. It was also interesting to read about Zo’s conflict with killing. I mean, the girl’s a healer, so it’s against her nature to kill. But she’ll soon find that sometimes, that’s the only way to get things done. As I reader, I suck up inner turmoil like popsicle sticks. They may not be the sweetest, but they pull my heartstrings like nothing else.
Jenkins writes a compelling story that hooks you from the first page to the last. The cliffhanger wasn’t as bad as the first book, but readers are still left grasping at more of the storyline. Zo and Gryphon remain ship of my heart, and all the other characters were extremely well-written and developed as well. The writing flowed naturally, which aided in my speed read because I JUST COULDN’T STOP. Honestly, I needed the last book yesterday. The more we get to learn about the world that the characters reside in, the more I adore it. I cannot wait to see what Jenkins has in store for us readers!