Review: Billow (Ondine Quartet Book 2) by Emma Raveling

Blurb:

An Impossible War. An Explosive Magic. An Inescapable Destiny.
– The World of Water Elementals – 
Book 2 of the Ondine Quartet

It has been six months since ondine Kendra Irisavie arrived in Haverleau, the hidden capital of the water elemental world.

Six months since she discovered her destiny as the sondaleur and a series of devastating events left behind their mark. 

Now, as she enters the chevalier elite program in her final year at Lumiere Academy, Kendra continues forward on her prophesied journey against the Shadow. Obsessed with what she must do to keep those around her safe, she struggles to balance her powerful magic and the demands of her fate with the challenges of friendship, the complications of romance, and the bonds of family. 

Meanwhile, the threat of the Shadow looms larger. Kendra and her friends investigate a series of puzzling human and elemental disappearances in the city of Lyondale and uncover a horrifying tactic used by the Aquidae in the war. When danger strikes close to home, Kendra must separate the truths from the lies and choose who and what to believe. 

Even if it means facing what she fears the most. 

Again, love this series!  Kendra continues to progress as sondaleur as well as figuring out how to use her magic/virtue.  She has dealt with so much death and disappointment, her struggles to find her true self are highlighted in this book.  

There is a love interest, but the books so far have not made that the main focal point, which I actually enjoyed.  I am a sucker for love stories, so I was surprised I wasn’t disappointed with the lack of it.  Of course, there is Tristan, who is a perfect match for her.  But, with their different callings, they put their duties ahead of relationships.  

This book had me tear up a few times, and almost cried at one point.  This is the second time I’ve read it and it still has that effect on me, which obviously means it is a very well written story!  

You get to see Kendra actually embrace herself fully towards the end of the book.  She is only a teenager, so she has the struggles of figuring out what is right vs. what she feels is right.  Again, she is a great lead female character- strong and independent.  I can’t wait to see where the series goes with the next book!!!

I give 5 out of 5!!!  Definite read!

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