Author: KD McEntire
Genre: YA, paranormal, mystery, romance
Publication Date: August 24, 2012 (expected)
Summary: After the death of her mother, Wendy learns that she is part of a powerful and ancient family of Reapers. She has only a matter of days to unravel the mysteries her mother left behind and to convince her wary family to accept her as one of their own.
☆: 4.5/5 stars – an awesome follow-up to the first book!
Review: Oh wow. “Lightbringer” fans, prepare yourself – McEntire really brings it in this second installment of the series. New truths will be exposed, more Walkers will try to eat you, and we may just lose one of our heroes at the end. She also set up a hell of a cliffhanger to lead us into book 3. If you thought the first book was intense, this one will eat you alive. And you’ll love every moment of it.
So, you’d think that with the demise of the White Lady at the end of book one that things would get better in the Never. Right? Yeah. Uh. No. Those Spirit Webs? They’re still around, and they’re eating everyone. The Riders have disbanded, Wendy and Piotr are split up, Piotr’s having identity issues (serious ones), Eddie’s spirit cord still can’t be found, and Wendy’s family is now hunting her down for being a natural – or, in other words, such an amazing Lightbringer that she has the potential to kill or humiliate everyone else.
Great family you have there, Wendy.
This book’s pace is fast and furious and really is a good rounding out of the world in general. We find more out about the Never – specifically, more about the Council (only referred to passingly in book one, they play a huge part in the Never now that the Riders have disbanded and the Lost are ridiculously rare) – and how much control has been given over to them now that the White Lady is gone, as well as their past and their history with Wendy and her family. The start, however, is pretty slow, but once you hit somewhere around chapter three, things really take off. For that slow start, I took off a few points.
There are a TON of Big Reveals in this one, as well as multiple Big Bads. You thought the White Lady was bad last book? Dear reader, please prepare yourself and hold onto your hat whilst McEntire pretty much smashes all of your expectations and dashes your dreams of Piotr and Wendy getting a happy ending (well, at least in this volume of the series – maybe they’ll get a happily ever after in book 3?) and takes you on an unforgettable ride. And you know what? I love that she took such a risk and did that. She really, really, REALLY tortures her darlings here and the payoff is huge and absolutely wonderful. The new batch of characters that is Wendy’s maternal female side of the family is terrifyingly great, and what she undergoes is horribly awesome. We also get more about Piotr’s past and why he has such memory problems. Even if this series seems to be largely plot-driven, McEntire has created some wonderful characters you won’t soon forget – both good guys and bad guys both.
And then the book is over before you know it, leaving you on a teetering cliffhanger that was masterfully done. I really can’t wait for book three now. We get an expanding of the world and characters and generally, no middle book syndrome whatsoever. Absolutely middle book syndrome free. And that is a very happy thing.
So if you liked the first book, you really MUST read this one. It’s made my best of 2012 list, and for good reason. “Reaper” is out from Pyr/Prometheus Books on August 24th, 2012 in North America. Be sure to check it out then!