The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman
Series: The Devouring Gray #2 (book 1 review)
Published by: Titan Books
Release date: 21/04/2020
Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
Summary: The teenagers of Four Paths must save their home.
Though the Beast is seemingly subdued for now, a new threat looms in Four Paths: a corruption seeping from the Gray into the forest. And with the other Founders preoccupied by their tangled alliances and fraying relationships, only May Hawthorne seems to realize the danger. But saving the town she loves means seeking aid from the person her family despises most–her and Justin’s father.
May’s father isn’t the only newcomer in town–Isaac Sullivan’s older brother has also returned, seeking forgiveness for the role he played in Isaac’s troubled past. But Isaac isn’t ready to let go of his family’s history, especially when that history might hold the key that he and Violet Saunders need to destroy the Gray and the monster within it.
Harper Carlisle isn’t ready to forgive, either. Two devastating betrayals have left her isolated from her family and uncertain who to trust. As the corruption becomes impossible to ignore, Harper must learn to control her newfound powers in order to protect Four Paths. But the only people who can help her do that are the ones who have hurt her the most.
With the veil between the Gray and the town growing ever thinner, all of the Founder descendants must put their grievances with one another aside to stop the corruption and kill the Beast once and for all.
But maybe the monster they truly need to slay has never been the Beast…
*I was sent a copy of this book for review by the publisher, but this does not affect my rating and all opinions are my own*
This is going to be a shorter review, because I struggle to review sequels sometimes.
I really enjoyed this sequel. It really felt like the stakes were upped. The main danger in book one seemed pretty serious, until I read this book, and the main danger here was even bigger. I really enjoyed the plot of this one, I really didn’t think it suffered from second book syndrome.
The Deck of Omens was just as autumnal and spooky as book one, and I really enjoyed listening to them both in spooky season. I listened to them both at work, while surrounded by light and people, but I really do think that if I had listened to them alone at night they really would have spooked me out even more, and I love that.
If you enjoyed book one, I really think you will enjoy this one two, and I encourage you to pick it up.