Title: The Mark and the Match (Struck Series #2)
Author: Rachel Langley
Narrator: Jelyne Helms
Struck introduced listeners to Laney and Leela, twins who, except for a birthmark, are identical. When the people from their small town disappeared, they traveled to a different dimension – Antonia – to save their friends and family from slavery.
Antonia strives to be a perfect society, but beneath the surface, there’s an underground resistance, rumors of a sickness spreading among the people, and a king who is trying to maintain the chaos by breaking an ancient curse. To complete the mission, Leela traded herself for her family’s lives, promising to marry the Antonian king in order to break the curse that is killing the Antonian people.
The Mark and the Match follows the twins as Laney tries to return to Antonia to save her sister and as Leela prepares to marry a man she doesn’t even know. Danger is never far from either of them, and they soon learn that safety is an illusion.
After escaping from Antonia, Laney finds that her sister, Leela, has not come with her. Instead, she opted to stay behind in order to marry the King and break the curse. Except, things are about to go wrong. And both sisters will be caught in the crossfire.
Just like with the first book, Laney and Leela were strong characters. The supporting characters were also well done, and I especially liked the part where we met a few Antonian characters outside of Antonia. There is a major twist in this book on the prophecy that I don’t want to give away, but it added the perfect amount of mounting suspense to an already whirlwind story.
For as relieved as Laney was to return home, it just wasn’t really home without her sister. I thought both quests that the sisters embarked on were noble. They were doing the right thing and in the end, it ended up being enough to get both of them out of harm’s way just in the nick of time.
I can’t wait to see how they handle the revolt in Antonia in the next book. Not to mention I’m still eager to see how exactly they break the Antonia curse. Or if they even can.
Narration was perfect just as it was with the first book.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.