The Red Order (Order of the Seers book #2)
by Cerece Reenie Murphy
After successfully destroying The Guild's Purification center in Chicago, Joel and Lilli are on a mission to finish what they've started. First item of business is to track down other Seer's before The Guild does. Meanwhile, the evil forces aren't the only ones researching what biological or scientific reasons create the Seers. When the Lost Seers make the discovery, they realize what a huge game changer it will be. However, the Guild has a new plan of attack in the form of the Red Order, a group of Seer's whose purpose is to hunt down and destroy Joel, Lilli and company. Will they evade the new threat long enough to get the word out or will The Guild regain the upper hand?
Book one in this series, Order of the Seers, was the first book I reviewed, this year, over on A Thousand Lives. You can read my review HERE. In a nutshell, I absolutely loved book one, so when the author contacted me to review book two, I jumped at the opportunity.
I have to start out by saying if you haven't read Order of the Seers you have no idea what you're missing. The author has an uncanny knack for making the reader feel every bit a part of the story and feeling the characters' emotions. You'll want to see them succeed and defeat the ultimate corruption. Even though they claimed a victory in Chicago, it wasn't without consequences or losses. Each character has to comes to terms with that in their own way. As with Liam in the first book, Joel is a young man with the weight of the world on his shoulders. He has to make hard decisions that will effect everyone in very profound ways and within the course of this book he falls, almost hesitantly, into the role of a leader. You can't help but empathize for his position.
The plot was paced very well and never, at any point, did I feel that it ever dragged. The first chapter gets the story going with the super creepy villain, Crane, and the direct aftermath of the events from book one. As stated in my previous review, I still think he's a great villain. Once again, he's a fine example of the author's talent for writing rich character development. It seems everyone has their own agenda in this tale and he is no different, but there's a bit of an enigma to him. He weaves an extraordinary amount of lies and the more one tries to untangle, the more dangerous he becomes. The explanation for his behavior definitely adds menace to his already sinister persona.
I really don't want to give any huge details away but the plot here took me by surprise. I really thought I knew where this book and series was headed but the author pulled a fast one on me. It's a development I really enjoyed, as it opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for the third book. I'm really looking forward to where she takes it. Order of the Seers is shaping up to be a fantastic series already and I highly recommend it.
You can purchase Order of the Seers and The Red Order by visiting the author's Amazon page.
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