The Paladins by Julie Reece
The Artisan curse is broken. Souls trapped in a mysterious otherworld called The Void are finally released. Now, Raven Weathersby, Gideon Maddox, and Cole Wynter can finally move on with their lives…or so they thought. If the ancient magic is truly dead, then why are mystical fires plaguing Gideon at every turn? What accounts for Raven’s frightening visions of her dead mother? And who is the beautiful, tortured girl haunting Cole’s dreams?
Last year, a group of lonely teens sacrificed secrets, battled the supernatural, and faced their own demons to set one another free. Yet six months later, the heart of evil still beats within The Void. And the trio is forced to face the horrific truth: that their only way out is to go back in.
The Paladins completes this eerie YA Southern Gothic where loyalties are tested, love is challenged, and evil seeks them on the ultimate battlegrounds—in their minds, their souls, and their hearts.
Wow! I was totally blown away by this one. The second book was even better than the first. The adventure was epic. If you have ever seen the movie Labyrinth with David Bowie (please tell me you have!) you will LOVE this book. It was full of magic, mysteriousness, and puzzlement. This book was inventive, fun, and whimsical. This book had some darker moments than the first with a creep factor with cringe worthy moments. ! I loved the first book so much but this one just blew me away. It was impossible to put this book down, even for a second. Every couple pages something captivating would draw me in. It was brilliant, hilarious, and maybe even one of the most enjoyable books I have read this year.
In this book we get to know Cole quite a bit more. I absolutely loved his character. To be truthful, I loved all the characters. They are impossible not to fall in love with. I really enjoyed how this book alternated between three different narrators. The chapters switched between Cole, Gideon, and Raven. It flowed perfectly and it was written in a way that was never once confusing as to who was telling the story.
The world building was fantastic. I felt like the story had come alive while I was reading. Everything going on around me just vanished away. Nothing could distract from my reading. I could go on and on and on about this book but I don’t want to give any of the fantastic surprises this book has in store for you. Trust me and pick up this book. If you want a good escape from reality this one is so worth it. You could easily pick up this book and not be confused if you didn’t read the first one. I wouldn’t recommend missing out on the first one though. Both stories had completely different things going on and they are both worth reading.
The story ended perfectly. Definitely was left open for another story. I don’t want to let go of these characters. I truly fell in love with them all and don’t want their story to end. I am holding out hope that this will become a trilogy. Need more of Gideon, Raven, and Cole. <3
Have you read The Artisans or The Paladins yet? I would love to know what you thought! Comment below and give me your thoughts. 🙂