The Paladins (The Artisans #2) by Julie Reece
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
The Artisan curse is broken. Souls trapped in a mysterious otherworld called The Void are finally released. Now, Raven Weathersby, Gideon Maddox, and Cole Wynter can finally move on with their lives…or so they thought. If the ancient magic is truly dead, then why are mystical fires plaguing Gideon at every turn? What accounts for Raven’s frightening visions of her dead mother? And who is the beautiful, tortured girl haunting Cole’s dreams?
Last year, a group of lonely teens sacrificed secrets, battled the supernatural, and faced their own demons to set one another free. Yet six months later, the heart of evil still beats within The Void. And the trio is forced to face the horrific truth: that their only way out is to go back in.
The Paladins completes this eerie YA Southern Gothic where loyalties are tested, love is challenged, and evil seeks them on the ultimate battlegrounds—in their minds, their souls, and their hearts.
What an interesting turn this book has taken! It was full of mystery, magic and twists with a dark edge to it which had me totally creeped out at times.
The Paladins mixes magic with mythology with the paranormal and the supernatural and it does this effortlessly and cleverly. I liked how it took what happened in Artisans as a catalyst for something on a much large magical scale. The subtle hints of magic we got in the previous book are now wielded as elemental magic as a sort of aftershock from releasing the bound souls. I thought this was very creative and it made or an interesting foray int a whole other realm.
The stakes here are higher. The tension is real and tangible and the characters have to face their deepest fears, literally, if they are to come out of this alive.. The twists when it came, wasn’t surprising to me, I had my suspicions from the start, but was cleverly devised and revealed.
Paladins felt more rich with details and more complete and the characters have grown with the dialogue having evolved to reflect this. The pacing is on point as there is always something happening to keep the story moving along. I did however feel like the falling out between Raven and Gideon felt forced, like something that the author felt should happen to add some emotional disturbance to the novel. Gideon’s reaction was wholly uncalled for and so exaggerated as to be unrealistic. I liked that this didn’t stop them from working together.
Dark and atmospheric, with splashes of mythology, cleverly combined with the paranormal and the supernatural, The Paladins is sure to thrill readers of all ages.
Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.
I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.
Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.
Then I thought I’d write one down…
Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!
Giveaway Information: Contest ends May 20, 2016
- Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Paladins (The Artisans #2) by Julie Reece (INT