Ok so, Indebted. How do I even start this review? Let’s see… this book will consume you, do ye need more tellin’?
That statement alone sums it up pretty good, but I’ll do my best to try explaining HOW GOOD this book was. I couldn’t believe a story could get any better, but Amy Bartol knows how to do that. It is the very definition of an emotional roller coaster. One minute you’re happy, the next you’re frustrated, the next you’re loving the guy you know it’s no good. Yes, this is by far one of the most confusing books I’ve read, but only because my emotions were all over the place. It’ll mess with you head and heart, trust me.
So, in Indebted we’re back at planning how to take the enemy down, our new enemy named Brennus de Graham. We have Evie back, and she’s not running away this time, she’s facing her problems head on, but there’s a problem, no one’s letting her help. Reed is making sure she’s always guarded, never near anything dangerous and that’s kind of a set back, since she has a deep need to protect the ones she loves, the ones she now calls family. And how can she do that when no one lets her in on the plans? She can’t, so she has to take hands into action and that only gets her once again under Brennus’ thrall.
Evie is one special character. She’s as stubborn as it gets and with that stubbornness comes a new confidence in herself. She’s determined to do whatever she has to do in order to save the one she loves even if that means making a deal with the devil. In this book she manages to grow up so much, she keeps evolving every day, learning new things every second, and that only makes her stronger. She knows she’s capable of a lot of things, she just needs to focus on what’s good for her, what she really wants and needs and fight for it.
We’ve met Brennus. In the previous book we only had a glimpse to who and what he was, but in this book you’ll get a whole new perspective of why he does the things he does, who he really is and what he really wants. This is where everything gets a bit confusing, the lines start to blur and you don’t know if whatever you’re feeling is right or wrong. Yes, you’ll have the same messy feelings and thoughts Evie had while living under Brennus’ roof. It’s not easy. He knows how to get under Evie’s skin, he understands her in a way no one else ever has, he knows her deepest fears, so he knows how to play his cards.
“What defeats me?” I whisper to Brennus.
“Tristitiae,” Brennus softly utters the word that means “sorrow”. “Especially when ’tis da sorrow or suffering of someone da ye love”.
So, how can Evie keep herself from relenting and giving him what he wants? He is seductive and sweet and honest, if I might say so. At the end of the day, he manages to make her feel at home, to make her feel like that’s where she belongs, so he ends up crawling up to her heart and taking a piece of it from her. But then again, it’s just a piece, the rest of her heart belongs to someone else, and that someone else’s name is no other than Reed Wellington.
This is one frustrating book for Reed (and for me). He’s once again facing the devastating situation where he has to be away from Evie, where he has to find a way to save her and protect her. That’s one thing I love about him, he’s strong desire and need to protect her and love her. Their ties are just too strong, there’s nothing that will make it disappear (thank God for that).
“Hold on to the string, love, until the current shifts and we can be together again.”
This book has one of my favorite main female character, male character and villain. Evie is a very strong and loving character. Reed is perfection and that’s still an understatement. Brennus… well, he is evil and sweet and scary and intriguing. He has the means and resources to take everyone and everything down, except Evie’s love for Reed.
Rereading this series? BEST DECISION EVER.