If you haven’t read book one of Allegra Pescatore’s The Last Gift books, then I definitely recommend you do, because this book will not make much sense otherwise. If you have read the first book, though, then you will absolutely love this sequel.
1. Thoughts on the plot
This book picks up right after Where Shadows Lie, and my goodness, let me tell you the drama is intense. I had almost forgotten what was going on in book one, but once I remembered, I was eager to get right back into the story and see our characters. In essense, the Lirion king is dead and the queen is missing, leaving Elenor in charge with political hyenas nipping at her heels. The death of the Red dragon has left chaos in its wake and the Gatekeeper is trying to control powers that were difficult at best to control. Meanwhile, there is scheming from all sides and by forces that have been meddling behind the scenes since the beginning. I can say no more without serious spoilers, but I can say that this book is one of those that weaves a magical and rich tapestry, threads interconnecting and knotting together in wonderful ways.
2. Thoughts on the characters
While the plot is richly complex and detailed, the characters are what really make the story for me. I am thrilled to have so many characters who struggle with issues that come from within themselves as well as without. It makes them relatable and real and makes each struggle they have so much more intense for me. Elenor is my favourite (not that the others aren’t wonderful) and I cannot wait for the third book, where I fully expect she will kick some tailfeathers.
3. Favourite part
I was going to say the character growth, and while that is truly magnificent, it pales in comparison to the baby mock dragon. Because, let’s be honest, I really want one.
My only real critique is to do with me not remembering events of book one. I had a hard time getting caught up on what was happening and who was where, since most of this book doesn’t reference the first except to move forwards. Perfectly fine as far as construction goes, but it’s been a while since I read the first book and it took me a minute. Definitely recommend reading this book shortly after the first, unless you have a prodigious memory.
Overall, I would say that Whispers of Stone is another great book by an author who manages to weave words and characters together to make a story so complex and real that you can’t help but be swept away. Excellent.