Imogen is all that matters. After rescuing her lover from the forces that trapped her in The Convent of the Pure, Portia Gyony has lost Imogen once again to the darkness that surrounds them. The only way to reunite is to walk through the shadow-worlds of the dead and bring Imogen back to the body that awaits her a journey no nephilim was meant to take. Still seeking out the boundaries of her own power, Portia descends into a realm where all trade is in souls and the machinations of the world itself are coming undone. Her quest for Imogen becomes a battle of angels and demons, where clockwork warriors and shattered souls battle to keep the shadows of the dead from bleeding into the land of the living. The cost of saving one world from the other may be the sacrifice of Portia s lover once again.
Hello Ghouls and Boils,
Today we bring you another review from one of our newest Minions, Heather Royston. Word is that in the Urban Fantasy sub-genre — Angels are the new Vampires. I guess that will be left up to the readers. For now, Heather will let you know how she felt about it. Enjoy, my fiends!
Sarah L. Covert
The Labyrinth of the Dead is the second in a planned trilogy by Sara M. Harvey. Having not read the first one I was nervous about reading this but decided to go ahead with it. Fortunately the author did a great job with plot exposition. She made it easy for me to figure out what had happened before without rehashing everything. Little by little small details were dropped in, and despite the fact that I “walked” right into the middle of an event, I picked up the story quickly.
The book is about a woman, Portia, who is bound to an angel’s soul. Her true love, Imogen, was killed in a battle some time ago, and in the opening scene we find out that she is only “mostly dead.” Her body is alive but her soul is in the spirit world and Portia is dead set and determined to save her. She is aided by a family called Aldias, who it is very clear from the get-go are not to be trusted. They have betrayed and murdered before to get their way and Portia has no problem telling them all this to their faces. She then makes her way to the spirit world and almost immediately runs into a young girl named Kanika. Kanika tells Portia that she knows how to find Imogen and extracts a promise for help from her, one that has no specific aim, just help. Their journey forward is perilous and we get to see Portia struggle with the powers she has gained from the angel’s soul that is within her. There is much adventure and excitement and it’s quite easy to get lost as you follow Portia through the realm of the dead.
The book is fairly short so we reach the climax quickly and oh boy is it a doozy. More happens in the last third of this book than the rest of it but it never feels rushed or jammed together. The “big bad” does give us quite a bit of the old “Let me tell you my evil plan before I act on it,” and doesn’t waver even when he is called out on it but it’s not really a bad thing. Just set up for the last of the trilogy really. The ending is definitely open for that but doesn’t just stop and leave you hanging. It does have a hell of a cliffhanger, though.
The author does a great job of sucking you in, and keeping the pace fast enough that I didn’t want to put it down, but not so fast that I couldn’t catch up to what was happening in the first place. The characters are believable and so is the world they are in. The story feels like it should be a giant epic tale of no less than four or five hundred pages but the author is able to tell it and tell it well at a mere one hundred thirty seven count. The scenes with the necessary exposition do not feel shoe-horned in or forced at all, but I never felt like things had been left out for the sake of page count. I give The Labyrinth of the Dead 4 out of 5 Tentacles and look forward to the next book.
Heather Royston, Minion (Reviewer)