Aerenden: The Gildonae Alliance  (Ærenden, #2) - Kristen Taber I admit, I'm a bit biased because I am friends with Kristen. However, I am also a big fan of her writing. Also, I haven't read the final draft of this book yet, but I did get a chance to beta-read an earlier draft and I enjoyed it immensely. It's a strong follow-up to the first book ([b:Aerenden: The Child Returns|13498421|Aerenden The Child Returns (Ærenden, #1)|Kristen Taber||19043477]); it has a lot of action and a lot of unexpected plot twists. On top of that, we see Meaghan develop as a protagonist––and of course, we see her relationship with Nick develop as well. I recommend the series, and I can't wait to read the next book! :)