By Cynthia Bujnicki
Naya Garth is returning to her homeland, no longer their spy. Her real goal is to rediscover secret necromancy journals to do the impossible and bring her love Corten back from the dead again. However, there is something brewing, old magic that can shut the doors of death and create chaos.
Trinity of Bones is more engaging than the previous novel. This is partly due to the previous novel more focused on world-building than characterization for the first half of it. Trinity of Bones has moved past that, building up the tone and tension of the novel and giving the characters more focus. Now Naya has a chance to shine in this novel. However, she is not the only one who shines throughout the novel. Corten has died, and through his death, Seal gives him a perspective that also gives the story a new dimension. His POV chapters are sparse in comparison to Naya, but they give him life and personality, which was lacking a bit in the previous novel.
As for Naya, it is incredible to see her perspective broaden and to see her come into her abilities and new existence. She spent most of the previous novel fighting her existence, but now, through her experiences, she has grown to accept herself and her race. The racism she felt for the undead has vanished, and now she seeks to spread that mind-opening experience. Moreover, returning to her homeland allows her to face these new challenges head-on and grow even more as a person. It shows just how much she has grown as a character.
In hand with that is the growth of the plot and the subterfuge. Naya always knew she was a pawn, but now her goal is to uncover just how big the plot she was involved in is. It involves so many plot twists and turns that come unexpectedly and keep the reader on their toes. These new developments give the story a new edge and a new mystery for the characters to unravel. Corten’s perspective hints at something dark and more menacing behind the events of the previous novel. Something sinister is growing throughout the novel, but what is smart about the story is the subtle hints Seal drops throughout the story to create tension without giving anything away until the end.
With brilliant pacing, the novel is both memorable and engaging. (★★★★☆)