Synopsis: Questions are dangerous but answers can be deadly.
Callie’s world will be lost to war – unless she can unlock the magic of an ancient manuscript. She and her friends will be sent to the front line. Many of them won’t come back. When a secret order tells her she can bring peace by reading from a book, it seems an easy solution – too easy. Callie soon finds herself hunted, trapped between desperate allies and diabolical enemies. The Order is every bit as ruthless as the paranormal Cadaveri.
Callie can only trust two people – her best friend and her ex-marine bodyguard. And they are on different sides. She must decide: how far will she go to stop a war?
Dare she read this book? What’s the price – and who pays it?
My review: Ok before we do the review I have a huge bone to pick with the synopsis of book 2 which is at the back of this. HUGE spoiler so if you buy this book and really like it – stop before you get to that page. It really could’ve been done worded just that bit differently. I don’t understand the need to stick a great big plot point so visibly for all to see. It just spoils it. Now there’s no air of suspense for what happens next.
Anyway… this book. I really enjoyed it. It lulls you with its charm. It starts with a bored teenage girl seemingly getting caught in a bar brawl before being handed a mysterious book by a handsome stranger. Can’t say that ever happened to me in my drinking teenage years. If it wasn’t for the fact the book is an artefact that helps control peace or create violence dependent on how it’s read that would be my perfect romantic scenario. Ok well, without the nightclub and fighting. Hmmm ok if a handsome guy gave me a book in a coffee shop then… where was I?
Oh yeah the backdrop to the story is potential World war 3. The powers that be are meeting for a peace conference. The idiots with their fingers on the nuclear buttons are itchy to press and it’s up to Callie to stop impending disaster while all the while dodging death from evil demony types. One of the more scary thoughts I had from this book is ignoring the demons, this could so easily happen in the present climate.
It’s fast paced, everything happens in just a few days so there’s no let up in the action. I’d highly recommend it
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