Jolie Benoit left her old life behind to become an agent of the Underlight. Training under Sergeant Wesley Haukon, she’s honing her combat skills, all the while coping with the intense sexual attraction she feels for Hauk. She keeps their friendship casual, but when his high school sweetheart transfers into their division, Jolie finds herself grappling with jealousy.
This second book of the “Tales of Underlight makes me sad that the series will come to an end. I have been waiting for a book whose characters were not copy/paste from other novels and with Tales of Underlight with Jolie and Hawk, I got exactly that. In this second book, especially, Jolie kicks ass! She is far from the damsel in distress figure and instead, like the title suggests, she is the one who saves tough guy Hawk. She is not only a pretty face and load, she is also a person with noble feelings and she has got lots of courage to go through danger only to rescue her teacher. These two protagonists make the book. You don’t even need a great story because their development is good enough to seduce you. Hawk’s ugliness clearly fades away, the more you get to know him. He is a nice man, trying to make things right with Jolie and even when he has rage moments, he fears that he may have hurt her. Finally, we get a decent man who wants to make the right thing for a woman and does not treat her like garbage. Both protagonists have moments of low self-esteem, Hawk is always thinking about his hideous looks and Jolie is afraid that men only want her because she is pretty and not because of her personality/intelligence. Both have insecure moments and both overcome them together.
The plot is longer and we have moments of romance, sexual tension and action. Tales of Underlight is a very fast paced series which is a plus because there are no dead moments, however we still lack development in the worldbuild department. I would adore seeing more of the clockwork and weapon objects and environment and more descriptions. There is a lot left to be explored and by focusing only on the main characters, the world itself feels a little abandoned.
Nevertheless, “Tales of Underlight” has conquered me like no other urban fantasy series has in a long time and it is worth to take a look and reflect on society’s standard of beauty and how the weirdest and most uncommon protagonist will make you happy inside, devour the books and feel sad and empty because their journey is about to come to an end.