VIOLYA by Rosalyn Kelly is the second volume of IN THE HEART OF THE MOUNTAINS, which is a feminist dark fantasy series that deals with a multitude of societies undergoing deep social changes. I really enjoyed the previous volume, MELOKAI, and eagerly picked up this book the moment that it came out.
MELOKAI is a novel which I was surprised by in more than one way. I was intially attracted to the book by the cover and was even more interested once I read the synopsis. It claimed to be inspired by Game of Thrones and Kushiel's Dart, both series which I was familiar with. They had very different feels, though, and I was curious where the story would take me.