The Hunter and the Mage by Kaitlyn Davis
Releases: September 21, 2020
Let's start out by gushing over how gorgeous this cover is!
It's so bright. So telling. So ahhh!
I really enjoyed reading The Raven and the Dove (you can read that review here) so I could not wait to read the next installment. Luckily for me, it definitely did not disappoint. In fact, I may have even liked it better than the first!
Before I get too ahead of myself, here's a quick synopsis of the book (also, be aware of minor spoilers for The Raven and the Dove from here on out):
Princess Lyana finds herself in the world below the mist. One where magic is the only thing keeping its people alive--a far cry from her home in the clouds where magic gets you killed. When the king of the world below tells her she's the queen of prophesy, Lyana must learn not only to control her magic, but to learn parts of it she never knew she had.
But Lyana isn't the only one who fell beneath the mist. Rafe, now wingless and more brooding than before, will stop at nothing to get his wings back. Even if that means hunting dragons for the king below the mist.
Meanwhile, above the mist, Prince Xander's kingdom is in ruin. After his mating ceremony gone awry, ending in the capture of Lyana, he must somehow assure his people that all is well--despite their missing queen and the earthquakes that rattle their homeland more and more each day. With the help and hinderance of Cassi, Xander must save his kingdom, and his brother and mate from all of their impending fates.
However, nothing is as it seems, above or below the mist. The prophecy looms and the dragons threatening them are restless.
Davis creates a compelling, real world that immerses you into a story of magic and love, danger and duty. I loved getting back into the heads of these characters, new and old, and seeing where the story took them. If you're a fan of multiple POVs and ensemble casts--this is definitely the book for you!
The Hunter and the Mage picks up right where we left off in The Raven and the Dove: Lyana below the mist, Rafe wingless, Xander stricken by losing his mate and brother with his home crumbling around him, and Cassi with her orders to kill and come home. Alternating through their POVs, with a few characters such as Malek (the King below the mist who was prophesied) and Brighty (a mage on the ship Rafe winds up on), we follow along as they try to piece together what's happening to their world while finding out who they really are inside themselves.
Not only do we get a few new characters, and a far greater look inside the characters we already know and love, but we also get to "see" new places. From the House of Wisdom to the Kingdom below the mist, Davis transports us to places we've never been before with beautiful detail.
The characters themselves are growing and evolving, as characters do, and keeping readers with their fingers on the edge of the page, ready to turn and find out what comes next. With so many characters, you may think it's hard to keep up or some will get lost along the way, but Davis does a wonderful job of growing their arcs and taking readers on so many journeys.
I loved getting to know more about Cassi, and even Malek. But, of course I loved to see Lyana and Rafe coming into their magic and growing and changing because of it. I'm always going to wish Lyana and Rafe had more page time together because boy, did they have me swooning in the last book. But, alas, what they had will have to suffice--for now.
The Hunter and the Mage leaves readers on another cliff hanger (I'm seeing a pattern here...) that will have them eagerly awaiting the next book.