This was the second book in the Night Calls series and was a great continuation of this series. There are three book in this series, the third one is called The Spiral Path and has already been released. I have really been enjoying these books; there is a lot of magic, fantasy elements, survival, and herb lore.
The whole story has a very traditional fantasy feel to it which reminded me of fantasy books I read back in the 90's. The pace is deliberate and the story takes some time to build. However, I don't really mind because I find Alfreda's training to be so interesting. There is a lot of traditional witchcraft and herblore in this book which is very intriguing. This book also had a lot about survival skills which I enjoy reading about.
Alfreda is really tested in this book when she is kidnapped by a relative of the Keeper of Souls. She has to put both all of her survival skills and magical skills to test. I really love how steadfast and competent Alfreda is. She is an awesome heroine.
I love this alternate world where dark magic haunts the night and really enjoy how magic is blended into a frontier type lifestyle.
Overall this was a great addition to this series. I enjoy Alfreda as a character and the harsh world she lives in. I also loved learning about the herblore and survival tactics that were featured in this book. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy traditional fantasy type stories and don't mind a story that moves at a more deliberate pace.