For more than four hundred years, the Curse Keepers guarded the barrier between the human and spirit realms. All that changed the day Ellie Lancaster met Collin Dailey. Prophecy demanded they defend the world from evil…even as it ignited a passion that threatened to consume them both.
Now Ellie faces a frightening new life, abandoned by the man she loves and tormented by malevolent spirits unleashing their vengeance upon the earth. Her only shot at protecting humanity—and herself—from the demon scourge is to claim the mark of the god Ahone as her own. Finding it means trusting Dr. David Preston, a handsome professor of Native American studies whose skepticism is surpassed only by his attraction to Ellie. Together they must finish what the Curse Keepers began, defying the forces of darkness to face hell on earth—and unlock the truth of Ellie’s destiny.
I was a big fan of the first book of the series. Yes, I had a few issues with it that transferred over to this book, but just from reading this book, it’s easy to see the improvement. This is a series that has captured my attention and refuses to let go. There’s just something about the stories and characters that grabs the reader, regardless of the slight nuances that some may find annoying.
Right off the bat, I liked how Ellie finally stepped up and took her role seriously. Although it came at the price of her father, its almost as if it was needed for her to grow up as well. As a 23-year-old woman, you’d expect her not to call her parents “mommy” and “daddy.” Yes, there’s such a thing as “daddy’s girl,” but there’s something that’s just off about Ellie trying to be an independent woman and still clinging to childhood notions. It takes away some of her reliability as a main character. This was something that bothered me in the first book, and I hope by the time the next book comes out, this changes.
As the story progresses, we really get to see Ellie come into her own. She stands up to Collin. She tries to figure everything out on her own. However, Collin tries to drag her back into a messy situation with him. She doesn’t even try to fight him at first, and it’s almost like an afterthought that she gets herself out of the situation. Its in situations like this that show not only her weakness, but just how much of a creep Collin is. It doesn’t seem like he has any redeeming qualities, which makes it easier to accept the new love interest, Professor David Preston.
We meet him, and are immediately intrigued. But as soon as we meet him, he’s gone again until later on in the story. He soon becomes an integral part of her life through unique, almost clandestine circumstances that seem a bit forced, and the relationship that develops between the two feels rushed. Granted, the world may end and it’s a good idea to get your jollies off in that event, but even still. It’s fast.
In terms of the actual story, much like the last one, it flows wonderfully, but at times can be a little quick for my liking. I love getting those little details that really showcase a scene, and there are scenes that are exactly like that, but that’s usually in reference to the gory battles and fights with the spirits. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good, gory fight, but the author could have expanded this style to other aspects of the story.
If there’s one thing I love reading, its a mix of history and fiction. Being able to blend the two is a difficult task, especially getting all the facts right and knowing what is appropriate to reinterpret. The author has managed to turn what little we know of the lost colony of Roanoke into something that’s exciting and something that completely ties into Native American culture.
It’s safe to say that I’m looking forward to the next installment, and while I’ll be waiting until the end of the year to get my chance, I may have to reread the first two books again.
[Disclaimer: I received a free ebook download via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars