Zoey’s life has taken a dramatic turn. Only a few months ago she was a Collector working for the a secret part of the government called the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), tracking and collecting fae. Her life had been changing and improving with a partner she loved and a sister she adored.
Now all that is gone—Daniel murdered by a fae, and Lexi killed when the Seattle area is devastated by a powerful, magical electrical storm. Zoey herself is altered by her association with the Wanderer, Ryker, in life-changing way.
Zoey discovered she was an experiment from the very company she worked for. She could die at any moment of a threatening defect—taking Ryker’s magic with her.
In a race against time, Ryker and Zoey set out to find a way to transfer his powers back before it’s too late. Their journey takes them to the rainforests of South America, dealing with those who are after something Ryker possesses and who will stop at nothing to obtain it for themselves.
What Zoey and Ryker discover can destroy them or tear them apart for good.
I absolutely loved City in Embers and couldn’t wait to get my greedy little hands on The Barrier Between to find out what was in store for our motley little triad and just how they would all deal and come to terms with the crazy that had been shoved down their throats and I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed.
The Barrier Between picks up right where City in Embers leaves off with Zoey, Ryker and Sprig in Peru and they are off and running, literally, but once they finally get somewhat settled they’re on the hunt to figure out a way to get Ryker’s powers back from Zoey as well continue to keep the fae from getting their hands on Ryker and unearthing the secret he holds. I’ll admit that many of the twists and turns in the story surprised me, though one I did figure out, but it was only seconds before the big reveal and then I had a total “Well I shoulda seen that one coming” moment, and though there were a couple times where I had to wonder just where things were going or how a certain piece fit into the story, I enjoyed how it all played out the various characters, new and old, that come into play add to depth of the story, though there are a few that I’m still a bit sketchy about.
But while all of that crazy is playing itself out much of this book revolves around Zoey and Ryker’s own relationship. Being thrown together has been rough on both of them and the tension from the first book has definitely been upped in every way possible. There is a lot of “I like you/I hate you/I want you/I hate all Fae/I hate all humans” going on, but considering all that’s going on and what they’ve believed for so long, it’s to be expected. Zoey, in my opinion, doesn’t go through too much of a change in this book. She has realizations, and is holding on to the guilt over the loss of Lexie and Daniel like a lifeline at times, but she is pretty much the same as in the first book. Ryker, on the other hand, we get to know a lot more and I want my own scary sexy ass fae Viking now. Is he still the feared Wanderer? Hell. Yes! But so much more now
And then there is Sprig. Yes, the spastic-honey addicted-narcoleptic monkey sprite that we all know and love. He definitely adds that touch of humor as well as craziness to the story, and you do want to put a muzzle on him at times, but it’s amazing how perceptive he really is. And yes, I still want my own Sprig even it means I’d be buying honey by the truck load.
The ending, well, it’s a pretty damn big cliffhanger and I have a “love/hate/WTF was that? thing going on with it, BUT it was the perfect spot to leave things.
Overall: I’m hooked on this series and can’t wait for the next book!
~ I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review ~
Stacey Marie Brown is a lover of hot fictional bad boys and sarcastic heroines who kick butt. She also enjoys books, travel, TV shows, hiking, writing, design, and archery. Stacey swears she is part gypsy, being lucky enough to live and travel all over the world.
She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family's farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. She volunteers helping animals and is eco-friendly. She feels all animals, people, and environment should be treated kindly.