Reviewed by Nathan Spangler
Ten years ago, a plague struck the homeland of Adelina Amouteru which became known as the blood fever. The blood fever killed most of all whom it infected, but the children who survived received strange markings and blemishes on their skin. Adelina’s own hair turned from a dark black to shiny silver causing her father to treat her differently than her younger sister. Soon rumors began to spread about these young children developing powers and people began to call them the Young Elites. Adelina’s father began abusing her trying to bring out this power that she just could not seem to develop and was convinced she didn’t have. When her father tried to sell her though, she ran away and was taken in by a group of Young Elites known as the Dagger Society. But the king’s army called the Inquisition has taken her sister captive and will kill her unless Adelina gives them information about these Young Elites. Is it possible that she can gain the trust of these Young Elites while protecting her sister? Read the book and find out.
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Reviewed by Laken Lester
“It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.”
It’s been five years since the Dark War of City of Heavenly Fire that almost eliminated the Shadowhunter race. With Sebastian defeated and the Shadowhunter world left in ruins, there is much work to be done.
Emma Carstairs, a Shadowhunter of the Los Angeles Institute, is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on solving the mystery of her parent’s murders. With her best friend Julian Blackthorn and the Blackthorn family, Emma must investigate a demonic plot that stretches across L.A. from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.
Making things more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark (who was captured by the faeries in the Dark War) has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in the Fey world. Mark hasn’t aged and does not recognize his family anymore.
The ocean whispers secrets of life, love, and tragic death. Will Emma be able to swim in the truth, or drown in the lies?
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