Title: The Darkest Magic
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: Spirits and Thieves #2 (Book One Review)
Publication: 28th June 2016
Genre: YA, Fantasy,
Around the World in 52 Books Challenge– A book set in a fictional location
Modern-day Toronto: Sisters Crystal and Becca Hatcher are reunited after reclaiming the Bronze Codex and narrowly escaping death. They have no one to trust but each other, and the only thing keeping them safe is the book that sent Becca’s spirit to Ancient Mytica–the same book that their enemies would kill them for.
Ancient Mytica: Maddox grapples to keep his newly discovered powers under control, while the ruthless goddess Valoria hunts him down.
Modern-day Toronto: Farrell embraces his dark side as he unwittingly falls further under the spell of Markus, the mastermind leader of the nefarious Hawkspear Society, who will stop at nothing to find Crys and Becca–and the remarkable book in their possession.
I loved the Falling Kingdoms series and was kicking myself that I held off reading the first book of this series for so long as I enjoyed it just as much. That said, I was really disappointed with this book. I found it a real struggle to push through the story. It took me weeks to finally complete it as I found myself loosing interest in some of the characters and the story line.
I really enjoyed Farrell’s POV, he’s definitely my favourite character. I loved seeing how he dealt, and is continuing to deal with, the evil within. I would love for him to turn out to be the villain in the end. I always look forward to his chapters. I’m not so keen on Becca or Maddox but I’m hoping due to the events in this book that their story line with grow on me.
I’m hoping this book is struggling with middle book syndrome. I will definitely be reading the next book, as it is the final book in the series, and pray that it end on a strong note.