In this second of J.C. Owens' books we see Gaven settling into his apprenticeship with Vlar, learning how to be a Masarian warrior and how to accept the pleasures of male love. Vlar, a Finnarian, is different from anyone Gaven has ever met and Gaven is still coming to terms with male love having grown up in a homophobic society. As well, Gaven is still on the outs with his father, the warlord, and is unsure of his place in this new world he finds himself living in.
But his passion for Vlar burns bright and when Vlar finally feeds from him as is Finnarian custom, a connection neither expected is forged. But Gaven's past catches up with him just as he thinks he's found happiness and he must survive the consequences, perhaps losing Vlar forever in the process.
I enjoyed the second book of the series as much as the first but, again, the ending happened so darned fast that it left me feeling like it was incomplete. It doesn't mean I won't read the other books in the series, it just means I was left feeling a little unsatisfied with the ending.