With reappearances of characters from Spellcasters, and Gray answering a lot of questions, it didn't take long for things in STEADFAST to pick up. Nadia, Mateo & Verlaine have a lot at stake in this book. Though together they have this strength and determination to not give up until they can stop the evil that's destroying their town and the people in it, individually they're all dealing with their own issues. While I still loved this group together, I really enjoyed getting to know Asa, this book's fabulously written villain / anti-hero. I love it when a new character enters the storyline, and totally surprises me.
Asa is a character who enters the scene and immediately had me thinking he was going to be turn out one way, when in fact this character is full of surprises. I actually ended up liking him. He's a character who owns what he is, and doesn't try to pretend to be otherwise, though he's put in a position that does hide his true identity at first. That will make more sense when you first meet him. Another character I liked getting to know more about is Verlaine. I love that hot chemistry Asa and Verlaine have. It's one of the things that I loved about STEADFAST.
Here's the thing I like about this series. While this over all story does focus on Nadia, I like the way Claudia allows some of the other supporting characters who also play bigger roles in this story, to have more of the limelight. It doesn't take away from Nadia's story, but it adds a lot more to the story, as this story centers more Nadia, her two friends and how they're going to stop what's happening in Captive's Sound. Steadfast has plenty of suspense, and tense moments in this book. I love that Claudia inserts moments of snark to relieve some of that, at just the right time.
Nadia, I felt, is trying to figure out a lot. In doing so, she makes some choices that I didn't think fit the strong character she was in Spellcaster, but at the same time, given all that's happening in this book, it ended up making sense in the end. Nadia is more vulnerable in this book. She has to be. Her relationships are what keep her grounded, but when those closest to her have things they too have to figure out, it doesn't drive them apart as group, but it does forces them to refocus individually, and in doing so they're not as strong as they are when they're all together. Nadia herself has a lot to figure out. She has a lot on her mind, and things do get thrown off balance. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next book.
If you enjoyed Spellcaster, then I'd definitely recommend picking this book up! Trust me, nothing is as it seems when the first book ended, and with the cliff hanger Claudia has at the end of this book, I have feeling things are about to get a lot more exciting in book three.