Review: Refuge (Relentless #2) by Karen Lynch

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To keep the people she loved safe, Sara left everything she knew behind. She soon learns this new world is nothing like her old one, and she struggles to make a place for herself among the Mohiri. But it soon becomes apparent to Sara and to everyone one around her that she is not your typical warrior.

As the weeks pass, Sara builds new relationships, copes with her new trainers, and tries to manage her ever-changing powers, while keeping her unique heritage a secret. Looming in the background is the constant shadow of the Master who will do anything to find her.

Sara finds herself on a journey of self-discovery that uncovers her true strengths and awakens a part of her she never knew existed. She experiences the delight of new friendships, the sweetness and pain of first love, and a loss so deep it could be the thing that finally breaks her. At the end of it all, she discovers that the one place she was supposed to be safe might not be the refuge she thought it was.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Sara leaves her friends and only family behind to keep them safe.  She joins the Mohiri in Idaho.  Unfortunately Nikolas leaves right away and she is left on her own for close to a month.  She trains everyday to become a warrior.  So far she isn’t very good at it.  She also finds it difficult to fit in with the rest of the trainees.  She refuses to kill for the sport.
Her fae powers are getting stronger and she has no clue what is really happening to her.  No one can help her, not even Aine.  She is one of a kind and no one knows how her powers will develop.  When Nikolas gets back he becomes her trainer.  They start with trying to understand her new abilities.  Their attraction seems to grow.  However Sara has no idea how to handle his hot and cold behavior toward her.  She is shocked to learn what is really at fault.
Aine comes to visit and shows Sara how to control her elemental, water.  Sara learns quickly and meets her first kelpie.  Her affinity to animals even magical creatures grow.  The hellhounds are now in her care.  She also feeds and cares for the griffin and the dragon.
She meets new family and finds unexpected friends.  Unfortunately her safe haven is just an illusion.  Someone is helping the vampires find her.  When they make their move, Sara’s life is altered yet again.  This time, however, she isn’t going down without a fit.
I love this series.  It keeps getting better and better.  The first book was awesome and throws you into this new world.  This second book continues as Sara’s adventure continues.  There is a new setting with the compound, new situations with warrior training and new characters introduced.
I love Desmond.  He was a fascinating person that Sara was drawn to and determined to help.  It was entertaining to read about the two of them.  The author also played up Sara’s connection with the animals and her element.  It was interesting to read as those parts of the story occurred.  Sara becomes quite the heroine as she follows her heart and fighting her way.

Her relationship with Nikolas is complicated and the author really pours on the shock when it is revealed why.  The reader can almost feel how Sara reels from the news.  This girl is tough and I like her tremendously.  She comes through every time.  I was sad when this book was done.  I can’t wait to read the next one.  This on gets a 5 out of 5.

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