Title: Scorched Treachery
Author: Rebecca Ethington
Series: Imdalind, book 3
While Joclyn is trapped in the tormenting hell of Cail’s mind, the battle around her only continues to grow and spread.
Edmund has infiltrated the underground hallways of Prague, guiding the massacre that would end the lives of the last of the great magical race. In her attempts to stop him, Wynifred has been captured and her magic restrained. Chained up in the ancient dungeons of Prague, her fate is left in the hands of her father, who has tried to kill her before.
With Ryland’s screams and Sain’s fragmented sights as her only company, Wyn must rely on something that has been hidden deep inside of her for centuries to help them break free.
Ilyan’s whole life has been building up to one purpose. Protect the Silnỳ. He knows what he must do, and he has no doubt in his ability to do so.
But when his father’s magic removes Joclyn’s mind from her body, he is left protecting the shell of the one person he loves. Desperate to find a way to break her free of her prison, he makes a choice. And that one choice changes everything.
Now, Ilyan finds himself bound to Joclyn in a way that he never knew to be possible.
They say that blood is thicker than water, but Black Water burns, and Ilyan’s heart may not be strong enough to keep it pumping through his veins and give the girl he loves back into his brother’s care.
Even if he can, it may not be safe to do so.
This book is from Ilayn and Wyn’s point of view. Only the last chapter is from Joclyn’s point of view. Some people will like it, others will think the book is just a filler with no real purpose.
The plot does move on a little bit, but the whole book takes place in a few days, a couple of weeks maximum. Since Joclyn is trapped in Cail’s mind, we get to see what happens from Ilyan’s point of view. We see him trying to help Joclyn, and doing everything he can to wake her up. Even though Joclyn is trapped inside Cail’s mind, she can do magic; when she’s attacking Cail, her body follows her mind as well. Unfortunattly, Joclyn destroys the cave, and Ilyan, Thom, and Darmin are forced to leave. They relocate in Spain, at one of Ilyan’s houses; it is the same place where the final battle against Edmund will take place. Someone close to Ilayn betrays him, and Edmund finds out where Ilyan is. Edmund sends his people to surround the property, and to be ready to strike at his command. Ilyan is busy keeping an eye on Joclyn, Edmund’s soldiers, and making a plan to defend himself from Edmund.
Wyn is being held hostage in Prague by Edmund. She is not the only one there. Talon, Ryland, and Sain (Joclyn’s father) are also there. Thanks to Wyn’s point of view, we get to see what happens in Prague, and we also find out more about Wyn, how is Ryland, and who Sain is. Edmund tortures them, but only physical. He does a magical ritual that allows their minds and Joclyn’s mind to come together into a common place; they are not hurt physically, but mentally.
Wyn’s point of view does not follow the same time line as Ilyan’s point of view. Some scenes already happened in Eyes of Ember, but we get to see them from Wyn’s point of view; Wyn was kidnapped in the last book, and her point of view starts from there. Sure, there are many new things in the book, since Wyn is in Prague, but the plot does not move on too much.
I do like the fact that we get to see more of Wyn. Finally, we get to know her better, and find out more about her past. Her story is very interesting, and heartbreaking. Wyn also gets her memories back, including the ones about her daughter.
It was very emotional to read what Edmund did to Wyn’s daughter. Wyn and Thom used to be loyal to Edmund, but since they were not aloud to be together, and Edmund did what he did to their daughter, they decided to leave, and they sided with Ilyan.
I was sad to see one of the original’s character dyeing. I think I know why the author choose to let go of this character: to bring old lovers back together.
Ryland, poor thing, is not doing so well. His father managed to break him. At one point he says he loves Joclyn, and next he says he wants to kill her. Apperantly, Edmund tortured Ryland mentally, but he used Joclyn’s image. We see Ryland strugguling with this, and with Emund’s mind control. He does not want to be evil, but his father has almost total control over him.
A new chracter is introduced: Sain. After Joclyn was Kissed, he left to Ilyan in order to help her. Unfortunately, Edmund kidnapped him, and he’s been held hostage ever since. Sain helps Ryland, and he is the only one who can reach him when Ryland has his outbursts.
I personally liked this book, even though it does not add much to the plot. It does gives us more information about certain characters, and it is easier to connect with them when we get to know them better. I think this book was suppose to add more to other characters, like Ilyan, Wyn, Ryland, Thom, and Sain. This way the reader gets emotionally involved with most of the characters, not just with Joclyn.
I like Rebecca’s writing a lot. She is very good at characterization, and making readers to become emotionally involved. The flashbacks are written very well, as well; enough details to let the reader know more about a character, but too much to get boring.
Overall, a good read.