The second book in Jen Minkman’s Tales of Skylge series picks up a few months after the events of Sound of Sirens, and features a different main character: Aska, the daughter of an Anglian and a Skylger. Confined to the convent of St. Brandan for being the product of a forbidden union, Aska’s life is dull and hopeless. Unlike most of the girls in the convent, she is pledged to serve St. Brandan for life, not just a few years. The only bright spot in her existence is her best friend, Melinda.
However, beginning when she meets a strange Skylger boy on the beach, Aska’s life quickly begins to change. Soon she’s embroiled in a conspiracy that may change the course of her life, and the fate of the entire island along with it.
This book was incredibly suspenseful. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, and I found it very hard not to peek ahead to see what was going to happen! Many of the questions asked by Sound of Sirens about the island’s history and the mysterious Nixen are answered here, in some very surprising ways.
Aska’s character was well-developed and interesting, and it was nice to see the island from a different point of view. Her reactions to the revelations about her own history and the romantic feelings she may or may not have for two of the other characters were realistic and heartfelt. Her internal struggles made me care about her fate as a character as well as the overarching plot.
One small quibble I had concerns the character of Melinda, Aska’s best friend, and her sexuality. Melinda states early on in the book that she’s bisexual, but thereafter Aska refers to her as a lesbian. It was most likely an oversight on the author’s part, but I was still disappointed by it. On the other hand, there’s no negative reaction to Melinda’s sexuality, which is nice.
Light of Lorelei is a brilliant installment in the series, and I can’t wait to read the next book, Fire of Fryslan, which is already out!
Title: Light of Lorelei (Tales of Sklyge Book Two)
Author: Jen Minkman
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Publication: Dutch Venture Publishing (January 29, 2015)
Price: $2.99 (Kindle, Nook, Kobo), $8.99 (paperback)
Author’s Website: http://jenminkman.blogspot.nl/