The teenagers of Four Paths must save their home, in the sequel to hit fantasy The Devouring Gray. For fans of Stranger Things, Riverdale and The Raven Cycle
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…
Thanks to Titan Books for sending me an early proof copy to review!
After loving The Devouring Gray when I read it last year, I was delighted to receive a proof of the sequel from my faves over at Titan. I was quite worried about the fact that I tried to read it when I was in the biggest reading slump of my life after trying to adjust to newborn baby life. I soon realised I shouldn’t have worried as this pulled me right out of my slump to the point where I was reading it at 4am in the dark just to find out how this series ended!
Although The Devouring Gray almost wrapped up in a way that could’ve left it a standalone, it was still quite open ended, but I couldn’t have anticipated where the story ended up going in The Deck of Omens. The secrets that were unravelled in The Devouring Gray seemed to almost not help the characters now – although they’d learned a lot about the beast that plagues Four Paths, everything they know gets twisted on its head as they learn that there are deeper evils within their town.
I felt as though TDG was very much the story of Violet, Justin and to an extent, Harper – TDOO focused a lot more on May and Isaac, and I loved that! I definitely have a new favourite out of the gang after reading this.
Despite the multiple paranormal aspects that make up this story, it remained incredibly relatable, exploring topics of forgiveness, personal growth, and overall, it was a story of reclamation in so many ways. The ending was satisfying but bittersweet in that I didn’t want to say goodbye to these characters after seeing them grow so much throughout the duology.
I feel as though I’d have to write a love letter to this series to convey how much its meant to me, but I’m sure no one wants to read that amount of gushing. If you’ve not read this duology yet, I’d highly recommend picking it up!