As their land descends into chaos, Aleksei Dragon, the lord captain of Her Majesty’s Legion, and Prince Jonas Belgi set on to confront the sinister sorceress in McIntire’s immersive second installment in The Archanium Codex series. With the realm of Ilyar in the middle of a grim civil war, it’s up to Aleksei to protect the queen. Meanwhile, Prince Jonas is still struggling with the Demonic Presence, which is trying to take hold of him outside the angels’ shields, threatening to destroy the world. The two must join forces if they want to defeat the darkness. McIntire expands his magnificent world of magic and shapeshifting, exploring the ways greed, malevolence, and the lust for power and control affect the lives of the protagonists. Dark magic, high action, deadly chases, daring escapades, gruesome torture, and vicious fights, all pose heavily in the story. But it’s the deep, soulful love of Jonas and Aleksei that drives the plot. There are heartfelt emotions, tender romance, and burning passion. Despite the book’s length (700+ pages), the reader will stay invested in the story. The major twist in the end is as touching as it is unexpected, adding to the anticipation for the next book in the series. McIntire’s assured language and entertaining storytelling make it a page-turning read.