The Deck of Omens
by Christine Lynn Herman
YA Fantasy, Magical Realism
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…
*Firstly I would like to thank the publisher, Titan Books, for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!*
I read this book last month and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. Seriously. There are so many wonderful things that Christine Lynn Herman has done with this book and I can’t wait to talk about them all.
The setting of this novel was one of my favourite things. Set in Four Paths, the town and the forest is instantly so atmospheric when Lynn Herman gets to work describing them. I really felt like I was transported into the pages of the book when I was reading it, and I think we all know that’s when you know a book is good.
After loving The Devouring Gray, I knew that I needed this in order to survive. And it definitely did not disappoint. As a conclusion to this epic duology, The Deck of Omens follows the same cast of characters from its previous book with more threats come to town, in the form of a corruption spreading across the town. It’s up to Violet, Justin, May, Isaac and Harper to stop the Gray’s disease once and for all and save the town and its people they’re sworn to protect as founders.
As ever, the characters that Lynn Herman creates are fantastic. They all each have their own individual, complex personalities that sets them instantly aside from each other. I was so glad this book focused more on Isaac and May because they were two characters I adored in the first book who I knew had more to tell. Also, the LGBT representation in this book is brilliant! I will die on a hill for Juniper and Augusta and I need a prequel immediately all about when they were together.
If you’re looking for a paranormal read full of mystery, romance and epic powers and twists, then make sure you check out this amazing duology.
The Deck of Omens comes out tomorrow, so make sure you don’t miss out on this incredible instalment to what I’m sure will only be a prosperous bibliography for Christine Lynn Herman. A name you won’t be able to forget, and nor will you want to.