Sunday, March 30, 2014

See How She Fights (The Chronicles of Izzy #2) by Michelle Graves

She thought it was over.
She thought her life was finally her own.
She was wrong.

Izzy is thrust back into the world of Seers and Guardians. With a summons from the Council she can't ignore, Izzy heads back into the fray. Now, it is up to her to figure out why Seers are being sacrificed, carved up, and left for ruin. If she doesn't find the person orchestrating the deaths, she may well be next.

If that wasn't enough, her powers have started to expand exponentially. Kennan is keeping secrets. Moreover, a strangely familiar Symbol-smith starts wreaking havoc on her precariously balanced world. 

Will Izzy survive this latest crisis? Will she stop fighting destiny and accept her fate? Find out in See How She Fights.

The first book, See How She Runs, was a moderate success with  me. It was well-written and I was reasonably entertained.  I wasn't a huge fan of the character of Izzy though.  She began strong but then slowly started to fade away.  I was interested to see how the story continued as well as how the character of Izzy fared.  

Thanks to some great new character additions in the first book, this one started off more strongly than the other one.  We begin with several clashing personas and everything is nice and calm, other than the fact that the nightmares are back.  Once Izzy is called back to the Council, she knows something bad is about to happen.  In this new book, we meet one of the most intense characters of all,the Symbol-smith.  He appears to be a subdued background character but you soon find yourself fascinated with him and his story.  I'm waiting for the Third Chronicle of Izzy to appear so that I can find out what that is!

What began as an alright paranormal story has really stepped up in this second book.  Not only are the characters more advanced and their interactions more interesting, we have more new people who each have candid and fascinating characteristics.  We're given some back story to the evil Izzy is fighting as well as members of the Council staff and Kennan.  The evil alone is a huge step up.  In the previous book we had a horrible little man that I prayed strongly would contract a new strain of Herpes.  In this one, it's so far advanced.  There isn't as much blood and gore as there could have been, but for once, I'm thankful for that.  Graves gives you just enough that you can picture it in your mind and that is much more horrific than anything that can be written out.  

You must read the first book to get to the second one, but I truly think the second one is leading to a great place.  At first, I dismissed the series and I admit I may have judged prematurely.  Graves has the potential to take this to the levels of Kenyon's Darkhunters.  Each book progresses by leaps and bounds and I sincerely look forward to the next one.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Shawn

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