So, I can’t say that this author doesn’t deliver. The writing is superb, the dialogue is wonderfully realistic, and the plot moves well. But, unfortunately, that’s about the only good points I can throw out there. I have to be honest, I was left conflicted with this story. I won’t lie and say that I didn’t steamroll my way through the (lengthy) book in just a couple of days, but I wound up with some reservations.

The good? There were some flat-out awesome new “mancies” in this book- folks with powers that I think were ingenious and quite original. There is still this wonderfully complex web of a world, an awesome, well thought out creation that felt fantastic in a ‘dude!-this-could-be-real’ type of way. But I wound up feeling like “why can’t the good guy- a flawed but pretty smart dude- see that this is our bad guy?” type of situation. I knew well ahead of time that an immoral character that popped up large and in charge was our bad guy and it just seemed silly that our protagonists didn’t see it. Plus, I know it’s not fair- but the child, Aliyah, an 8-year-old, was just plain annoying sometimes. There was plenty of action scenes, lots of ‘I didn’t see that coming’ parts, but overall, I just couldn’t lift it to the same heights in my head as the first book of the series.

Will I finish the trilogy? Yes- I need to know how they fix this overwhelming problem with the rips in reality. But I can’t say that I’m as excited to dive into the 3rd book with as much enthusiasm. Here’s hoping for the best.

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Editor’s Note: This review is for the second book in a trilogy series. To read the review of the first book, click here.


Cori is a Philly native, a devout travel-worshiper, and a devourer of books. She enjoys horseback riding, painting, and writing (her latest book “Half Breed”, can be found here) She has 2 adorkable shepherds, an equally silly but fantastic husband, a cranky hedgehog, an adorable guinea pig, but, sadly, no partridges in trees. There are ravens though.


3 out of 5 stars