Gwen Frost barely survived her encounter with Loki and is now on alert for any signs of the Reapers. She is completely blindsided when the Protectorate, warriors who lead and protect others from Reapers, blame her for freeing Loki. They believe Gwen wanted Loki freed and did everything to bring him back and they parade Gwen in front of the whole school and turn almost everyone against her. Gwen will have to stand trial and possibly die if found guilty. In the meantime she is free to stay at school, but is assigned a protector who will make sure she does not try to leave. Alexei, a Russian warrior, is assigned to Gwen and he and Oliver are trying to be a couple while on opposite sides of Gwen's guilt. Gwen knows she can not give up or let her guard down, as the students turn against her and Reapers attack the library. When Gwen learns their sinister plan for one of her friends, she will stop at nothing to keep Vivian and a traitor protector from carrying out their goal. The price may be too high for Gwen to pay, but as Nike's champion she knows she must fight on.
I enjoy these books more and more as the series goes on. They are quick, fluffy reads, but they do have strong female fighters and strong friendships. I like that the characters are not quite the same airhead, cliquey people as they were in the beginning and that they have started to mature. I love her myth elements and Gwen's new goal in the fight against the Reapers.
Favorite Character: I still like Gwen, who is loyal, strong, and funny. She has matured so much since the first book. She can be stubborn and a bit self-sacrificing at times, but she will defend her friends to the end.
Favorite Quote: "Weapons and armor may have power, may have magic, but in the end, that is all they are-weapons and armor. It is the people and creatures who wield them and their intentions that really matter. It is their free will that makes the ultimate difference."
I loved this one and the series is so addicting! I think this one was a 5 cups of cocoa book and my favorite in the series so far.