And now, he is our ally.
Or is he? He seemed to change a lot once he was no longer so full of the dead magic, but that doesn't mean the dead magic is gone from him. He just has less of it inside him. And that means it can still affect him. It can still cause him to do the kind of things he used to do when he was our sworn enemy. And that makes me a little worried, to say the least.
Can we trust him? Can we count on him to help us stop Malo? I'd like to think so, but we really don't know yet. That all remains to be seen.
And poor Nikko! Balthazar was responsible for killing his Teacher and Protector, Burgess, along with two other wizards that he considered to be brothers. And now, Balthazar is seeking forgiveness for those actions. I'm sure that caused Nikko to experience an awful lot of mixed feelings on things. I wonder how accepting he'll be of Balthazar's help going forward. I guess we'll just have to wait and see, because Nikko - like always - keeps those thoughts and feelings to himself.
Want to learn more about Reece or Balthazar's rejection of the dead magic? Then download Rise of the Dead Magic, Book 1 of the Three Wizards Chronicles.