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  • Amazing storytelling

    Our journey through New Orleans’s supernatural, hidden, society continues as Celine recovers from her ordeals at the end of last book and new secrets come to light. To make things worse, never has the Crescent City's tenuous peace that lasted for ten years been as near of failing as the Fallen and the Brotherhood start on a collision course. If you read my review of this series' first book, “The Beautiful”, you know that I was really surprised, and taken, by it. And that surprise continued through “The Damned”. What I thought it would be about was completely thrown out the window in the first couple of chapters, and continued as the book progressed. It’s not the teen or young adult story about supernatural creatures falling in love one might expect, though it exists within these pages, but a dark tale of coming of age and how to deal with the powers, dark or light, growing inside, and what road to follow. Once again we are thrown into the past of the characters of the first book, including some of the first book's more secondary characters like Odette, Arjun and Jae, finding out more about them and what makes them what they are, both through personal chapters' points of view and other people's perspectives. We are also introduced to new worlds and their own inhabitants. Renée Ahdieh’s description of both the Sylvan Vale and the Sylvan Wyld is so vivid that you are thrown into an explosion of color and sound, or lack of either depending on which part of the Sylvan realm you are, as you turn page after page. Then you have the characters of this new realm. The ones from the Vale are bright and most welcoming and you can't help but feel drawn to them… and also scared of them, as they are always looking and trying to trick you. The ones from the Wyld are the monsters you would expect them to be… aren’t they? The thing you get from this is to not trust anything at face value. And then there are the revelations, which are not few in this book, but which also don’t feel like revelations just for the sake of it. These are plot-moving revelations that add to the story and that make the reader don’t want to put the book down. I found myself thinking “I wasn’t expecting that” more than once. This feeling followed me to the very last line of the book. I won’t say this book is perfect. I was able to draw parallels to other works of fiction, be it books or TV series, but those are tropes that one can’t escape when writing some genres. Everything has been written before as someone once said. Or maybe it’s just me and maybe I've have read or watched too many supernatural works. That being said, I can’t wait to go on a journey with these characters once more and see where they lead me… There has to be more right?

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  • Excellent!

    A wonderful continuation of tbe Bastion & Celene story. Great characters, fast paced narrative and a stunning conclusion. I really hope there is more to come in the tale... Don't miss this book!!

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