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Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: December 18, 2017
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Eight years have passed since the Mayhem Wave forever altered the world to a blend of science and magic, and since Harrison Cody rescued twenty-eight teenage girls from human traffickers. Now they are disappearing, and he suspects their former captors, followers of an entity of ultimate power and evil, of an elaborate revenge scheme. An assistant director in the New Chicago Security Agency, Harrison puts his government resources to the task of protecting these women, and recovering the ones already lost. But Harrison did not just rescue them from villains those many years ago, he also adopted them, and that relationship holds the key to the true nature of their present danger.
Dorothy O’Neill, another of Harrison’s adopted daughters, though from very different circumstances, has taken five-year- old Melody Cody, Harrison’s only child by blood, under her wing. As the missing persons crisis intensifies, Dorothy discovers she and Melody are targets as well. When the NCSA headquarters are attacked by a dark wizard with a colony of giant bats, the two of them flee into the woods to evade capture.
Separated by hundreds of miles, and with no means of communication, Harrison and Dorothy become entangled in the schemes of a monster who hopes to alter the world once again at the cost of all they hold dear. And as Dorothy finds an inner strength and new abilities she never dreamed of possessing, she comes to suspect Melody may be something more than she appears.
I received this eBook from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Eight years have passed since the Mayhem Wave. Our main characters have grown and changed so much. Harrison is the Assistant Director of the New Chicago Security Agency. He is married to Apryl and they have a biological daughter named Melody. But Harrison's adopted daughters, several of the 28 of them, have gone missing. Harrison calls in his team to protect the daughters who haven't been taken and track the ones who have. But this also means all of his children are in danger. Mitchell is also taken. So Harrison tasks Dorothy to protect Melody and herself, to evade being kidnapped. Eventually, though, it is Dorothy who finds the missing women and they try to break free of their kidnappers.
I am so glad that this story focused on Dorothy mainly. She was such an integral part of the first story that when she and Mitchell weren't part of the second novel it definitely changed the dynamic of the story line when the second novel focused mainly on Harrison.
Speaking of changed story dynamics, the first book without Glimmer. Wow that was tough to read. While Sparky has her own unique quirks, the loss was very obvious.
The cabin in the woods that teleported to a new position every day was very interesting. It was a great touch on the magic that came with the Mayhem Wave.
My greatest issue, though, was the romance between Dorothy and Claudia. While I applaud the author for taking the chance and touching on the idea of same sex relationships, it really didn't mesh with me. It was too "insta-love" for me. Claudia's affections had spent years maturing but for Dorothy to go from straight to lesbian is a bit of a far reach. As a woman who is straight, it wouldn't be a decision that I would take lightly or dive into. It would need time to grow, same with any relationship. I just didn't feel this.
Either way, yet another awesome novel. Edward Aubry still manages to build such a unique world with unique characters and even more unique villains. This series just gets better and better, despite small hiccups.
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About the Author
Edward Aubry is a graduate of Wesleyan University, with a degree in music composition. Improbably, this preceded a career as a teacher of high school mathematics and creative writing.
Over the last few years, he has gradually transitioned from being a teacher who writes novels on the side to a novelist who teaches to support his family. He is also a poet, his sole published work in that form being the sixteen stanza “The History of Mathematics.”
He now lives in rural Pennsylvania with his wife and three spectacular daughters, where he fills his non-teaching hours spinning tales of time-travel, wise-cracking pixies, and an assortment of other impossible things.
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