Before I post this review, I feel it is important to point out that I am somewhat acquainted with the author, though, outside of social media, we have never met. I promise this will still be a full and an honest review.
Picking up where Book One left off, the story follows the continuing adventure of Tallis, her cousin Donovan, and two friends, Rosslyn and Tomas, as they search for the reason that the elves of their world have started an outright war, and why they keep hissing Tallis’ name. Keep in mind, these are not anything like the elves of Middle Earth. For one, they can't talk, and instead communicate with clicking and clacking sounds, though one sound that they do make is causing quite a stir - they are hissing Tallis' name! Why they are, and what special connection Tallis has to these elves, becomes the focal point of their quest. For answers, Rosslyn believes they should track down a clan of Sipsi, the name for the race of people that Rosslyn is a part of. These nomadic wanderers are never in the same place for long, but Rosslyn believes she can find them still.
One thing that I really liked is the way she had the characters deal with the challenges. It was well thought out, logical, and seemed a reasonable response. There was none of the ‘suddenly X happens and they are safe’ like I’ve seen from other authors in this genre. Part of that is the complete absence of magic (other than a few 'mystical' behaviors, like the way Tallis can 'talk' to the trees, and the trees can communicate with the creatures of the forest), and that helps to keep the characters actions believable. They really do need to figure their way around situations and learn to rely on the strengths of each person in their group.