Fissure (Chronicles of the Interred, Book Two)by Marilyn Almodovar
Now that the immediate threat is over, Baxter learns just how much the English Council expects of the
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Baxter Jacobs just survived the worst Sweet Sixteen in history: buried in a coffin, hunted down by assassins, and losing almost everything that mattered to her. She's ready for some normalcy, but "normal" won't play any part of this Time Bender's future.
Now that the immediate threat is over, Baxter learns just how much the English Council expects of the newest Interred. The pressure has her seriously considering her uncle's offer to take her to New York, especially since she thinks it will keep her Healer, Jack, from overusing his abilities. Knowing the New York Council's ranks are filled with beings using dark powers, however, makes her hesitate.
Before she can choose, the decision is wrenched from her. Fissures in Time result in a new battle with an old enemy. Someone she thought she'd lost reenters her life, and she'll discover a web of lies woven into the fabric of Time...lies only she can unravel. Baxter will have to use her growing abilities to try and reveal the truth, even if it forever changes the reality she knows.
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Fissure is the second book of The Chronicles of the Interred. As far as second books go, I have to give Marilyn major props for making this book even better than the first. This book is such a rush. I could not stop reading this book once I started it. This book is action packed. Baxter leads us right in to a journey of self discovery into the past and the present. This is not a standalone, It would be much too confusing for someone to pick up the series with this book. You should read the first book, Interred . Once again this cover is perfect for the book. It shows her running out of a fissure, or something. There is so much jumping around in this book; 2013, 1976, 2001, alternate realities galore. Baxter starts off in this story feeling bad. She doesn’t remember what happened before there is just a blank spot and then she wakes up in the hospital. She may be the cause of all the chaos which makes her want to leave. Instead of keeping her head down, she freezes her healer. This further separates her from the group. They are trying to protect her, but the group is infiltrated by people with malicious intentions for her powers anyways. Baxter finds herself face to face with a fissure and gets pulled in… Now that we know the characters this book just flows. Baxter is still discovering things about her past, things about her power, and things about the people in her world. Baxter is much different from the first book though. She is all magic, the normal in her life is gone. I loved that everyone is not just good and evil. We find that some characters are marred by shades of grey and that makes Baxter question everything. I liked that flaws are revealed. This keeps the characters honest and likeable. There is so much more in this book then in the first. The main players are time bender, absorbers, warriors and transporters. These abilities are flipped and exposed for good and evil. There are a lot of players in this book. That aspect was a bit confusing. I know why the story needed so many characters. The story could have been so much longer. I don’t wish for less. I wanted more. The author wrote all the characters very well. It was just when something happens that we only get to see how a few characters are dealing. We only get snippets of conversation. I wanted more. I am giving this book 4/5 stars; because it is not a standalone and because there could be more to it. It is still a recommended read for any YA fan of fantasy.
Remember Baxter Jacobs? She’s the girl whose life was turned inside out, for whom “time” had a new and frightening meaning. Baxter spent her “sweet sixteen” birthday buried in a coffin, learning to fight for her life, learning that she had the power to “bend” time, to travel through time and space through a power that she never knew existed within her. With Jack by her side, willing to die himself to heal her, Baxter has faced memory loss and is uncertain who she can and cannot trust. There is bad blood between the New York and English councils, evil lurks and it may be someone from Baxter’s family behind it. People are dying, warriors are wounded and Jack is missing, her mental connection to him seems cut. Meanwhile, the veil between the non-magical and the Magical Beings has been shredded and the humans do not stand a chance against the powers of those who would end their existence. The final showdown is coming and it’s Baxter who all will look to for help. Will friend become foe? Will foes become allies? In the battle of magical good vs magical evil, never has the ticking of the clock been so important. Fissure by Marilyn Almodovar is pure fantasy genius! Her imagination becomes ours as we travel with Baxter through time fissures, possibly changing history, the future and hoping that only what needs to be righted is affected. Old enemies resurface, new allies stand by her side and the threads of time are hers to command. Ms. Almodovar has created an amazing world that defies you not to believe and try to understand the possibilities of the meaning of time, of events, past and present. Is it possible to see yourself in different times, to do or undo one event? Would you take the risk? My mind was in overdrive following this fast-paced and exciting ride through time and across continents. Marilyn Almodovar has opened an entire new world of fantasy with incredible characters that will fuel your mind while taking you away from reality for one heck of a ride! Imagine the fate of the world in the hands of a group of magical teens who each old special abilities? See what I mean? Fascinating! Fresh and alive, Fissure has added its signature to this series with a flourish under the guidance of Marilyn Almodovar's pen!