Saturday, January 24, 2015

Book Review: The Inquisitor's Mark by Dianne K. Salerni

The Inquisitor's Mark
Author: Dianne K. Salerni
Series: The Eighth Day (Book 2)
Publication: HarperCollins (January 27, 2015)

Description: This sequel to The Eighth Day, a fantasy adventure that VOYA called "unparalleled" and "absolutely necessary for middle grades," continues with higher stakes, greater world building, and more pulse-pounding action. With suspense, action, and intrigue at every corner, this fast-paced fantasy series will be a welcome addition for fans of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter.

After an all-out battle in Mexico, Jax, Riley, and Evangeline have gone into hiding. There are still rogue Transitioners and evil Kin lords on the hunt for Riley, a descendant of King Arthur, and Evangeline, a powerful wizard with bloodlines to Merlin, in order to gain control over the Eighth Day.

So when Finn Ambrose, a mysterious stranger, contacts Jax claiming to be his uncle, Jax's defenses go up—especially after Jax learns that he's holding Jax's best friend, Billy, hostage. To rescue Billy and keep Riley and Evangeline out of the fray, Jax sneaks off to New York City on his own. But once there, he discovers a surprising truth: Finn is his uncle and Jax comes from a long line of Dulacs—a notoriously corrupt and dangerous Transitioner clan who want Riley dead and Evangeline as their prisoner. And family or not, the Dulacs will stop at nothing to get what they want.

My Thoughts: In this story, Jax, Riley and Evangeline are on the run from both evil Transitioners and Kin who really want both Riley and Evangeline dead. They have decided that they need to find Evangeline's younger sister to protect her from the same threats. The two girls are the key that keeps the spell that locks the evil Kin away from the rest of humanity. Evil Kin want them dead to destroy the spell and evil Transitioners want to control them.

They follow clues to Addie's location but find that they have arrived just after she has run away from the safe house where she has spent over 30 years in normal time. Calling on the sneaky Donohues for aid give them additional leads but forces Jax to meet Tegan again. He isn't sure what his relationship with her is. They're thirteen; her treatment of him might indicate a crush.

When Jax's Normal friend Billy is kidnapped by the Dulacs, Jax goes to rescue him and learns that he has family he didn't know about. He has an uncle and cousins who are vassals and part of the Dulac family. It was the Dulacs who wiped out Riley's family and who really want control of Evangeline. Their family gift is mind control and a diary Jax's cousin Dorian has found which was written by Jax's father gives Jax a really good idea why his father ran away from home and never contacted them again.

The story is filled with adventure as Jax tries to protect Riley and Evangeline while rescuing Addie and his friend Billy. There are all sorts of twists and turns and danger from all sides. There is clearly more to come in this story and I can't wait to read what happens next.

Favorite Quote:
Evangeline nodded solemnly. She was used to being sought after by unscrupulous people—Transitioners and Kin alike. Jax thought it was a terrible burden she lived with: being a key to the Eighth-Day Spell that imprisoned dangerous Kin in an alternate timeline. In some ways, Evangeline and her sister were the two most important people on the planet, and Jax, as the sole vassal of the Emrys family, felt a little inadequate for the job of protecting them. Thankfully, he had Riley's help.
I got this eARC for review from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

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