The Artisans Series
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Goodreads Rating: 4.64
My Rating: 5.0
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.
My Take on 'The Paladins':
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Wow that was a really good book. A solid follow up to an epic book 1. It’s true that I enjoyed book 1 just a smidge more and that is mainly due to the time you get to spend with Raven ‘Rae’ Weathersby. She’s a unique heroine that reminded me very much of Belle from Beauty & the Beast which endeared me to her character. She’s willful and loyal and strong and I can’t think of a better lead for this series.
Her connection with each character is so strong you have to remind yourself when you finish reading that this is a book and that you don’t really know any of them.
Each character continues to grow and what I liked about book 2 was the shift in POVs. While often at times, said shifts can come off as sloppy or an easy out, I found that this allowed me as a reader to understand the other main characters and fully grasp the situation at hand.
I must admit that I’m sad that this story is over and that these characters will likely have no new adventures. They were so great and heroic and terribly romantic that I absolutely fell in love with each of them and this amazingly written universe. This is where I normally attempt to compare the book to a previous read but I can think of no similar read other that ‘The Last Necromancer’ and even that is a bit of a stretch.
Regardless, I wholly recommend this series and this author! If you’ll pardon my corny joke… this series is magical.
About The Author
Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.
I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.
Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.
Then I thought I’d write one down…
Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!
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