In this nail-biting sequel to Tehlor Kay Mejia’s critically acclaimed fantasy novel We Set the Dark on Fire, La Voz operative Carmen is forced to choose between the girl she loves and the success of the rebellion she’s devoted her life to.
Being a part of the resistance group La Voz is an act of devotion and desperation. On the other side of Medio’s border wall, the oppressed class fights for freedom and liberty, sacrificing what little they have to become defenders of the cause.
Carmen Santos is one of La Voz’s best soldiers, taken in when she was an orphaned child and trained to be a cunning spy. She spent years undercover at the Medio School for Girls, but now, with her identity exposed and the island on the brink of civil war, Carmen returns to the only real home she’s ever known: La Voz’s headquarters.
There she must reckon with her beloved leader, who is under the influence of an aggressive new recruit, and with the devastating news that her true love might be the target of an assassination plot. Will Carmen break with her community and save the girl who stole her heart—or fully embrace the ruthless rebel she was always meant to be?
I’m not even sure how to begin this review. We Set the Dark on Fire was an epic political fantasy with a rich world built around it. The second book focuses more on the aftermath of book one and La Voz. It takes place right after the events of book one’s absolutely shocking ending. So while I will try not to spoil anything from these books it will be difficult not to spoil book one in this review.
Firstly I have to say I did not vibe with carmen nearly as much as I did with Dani and that definitely made this book harder to read at parts. In the end, though Carmen’s love and devotion to Dani won me over. Each step of the way they both are dealing with readjustment and adapting to new lives, roles, and ideas. Dani worried the relationship and love was all just a ruse. Carmen worried that Dani couldn’t love the rougher ruthless version of her.
Underlying all of this is a deeply feminist storyline of male chauvinism, underestimating women, and women’s willingness to work together and bond and lead. Every abusive man and pig-headed chauvinist we have to suffer through reading gets his comeuppance and it is absolutely thrilling.
Oh and the ending of this book is so badass, so freaking feminist and so utterly adorable. Nothing made me happier than a scene of Dani and Carmen working together as one deadly team killing soldiers of the dictatorship. I was worried that this book couldn’t live up to the first but instead is a brilliant finale to this story.
I give We Unleash The Merciless Storm:
We Unleash The Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia will be out 24 February 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books a Harper Colline Imprint. You can preorder your own copy at Mighty Ape, Booktopia, or wherever you like to purchase books.