There is a world beyond our own where spirits and monsters dwell in a purgatory like state, waiting to move into the Light. Readers first discovered this world in
Lightbringer. The series, based heavily on the Peter Pan tale, continues here in volume two. Wendy is still reeling from the loss and betrayal of her mother while trying to fill her new role as a Lightbringer, guiding souls through the Never. Piotr is busy battling Dark Ones and his feelings for Wendy. Walkers are stealing the souls of the Lost and everyone is anxious to tap into Wendy's powers for their own purposes. Topping the list is her own maternal family of Reapers, an ancient group who have helped keep the balance and rule the San Francisco area of the Never for years. Together with Lily and Elle, Wendy and Peter uncover the secrets of Wendy's family, help her hone her powers, and discover her true role in the future of the Never. The beginning starts out slow but by the end there is an overflow of information and drama which makes the cliffhanger ending all the more abrupt. There is a bit of confusion as the action moves between various realities, dreamscapes, and the Never. Each character has a distinct voice and vocabulary based on the era they are "from," which is sometimes be a bit overdone and distracting. However, Wendy's plight and her world are intriguing and fans of paranormal romance are sure to devour this latest, mostly original, addition to the genre. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
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Praise for K.D. McEntire:
"McEntire's writing shimmers. The world she's created is intricate and full of life.
Reaper will leave you breathless." - Kristopher Reisz, author of Unleashed
"Reaper is a fascinating and touching story built in a rich, layered world where the stakes are bigger than life or death. . . . K.D. McEntire's writing is smart, sharp, and utterly engaging. Reaper will take you on a thrilling trip . . . where death is only the beginning."
- Leah Petersen, author of Fighting Gravity
"A mesmerizing and haunting tale rich with engaging characters, tense adventures,
and a guiding theme of love and trust. . . . I highly recommend it." - I Swim for Oceans
"A new take on ghosts, death, souls, and reaping, involving a brand new world I know readers will be dying to get inside. I would absolutely recommend this book."
- Sizzling Reads
In this sequel to Lightbringer (Prometheus, 2011), seventeen-year-old Wendy still vacillates between the living world and the Never, a gray world inhabited by souls who have died but not yet gone to the Light. As Lightbringer, she has exceptional powers to move souls on, and she feels responsible to do so only when they are ready. Her convictions put her at odds with her sinister Reaper family. Wendy's two male interests, Eddie and ghost Rider Piotr, are back as pawns in the Reapers' feud with the zombie-like Walkers. Will the comatose Eddie get body and soul back together? Will Piotr succumb to the poison inflicted by the new female Walker? Will Wendy burn up in the bindings put on her by the worst of her Reaper clan, like natural Lightbringers before her? It is easy enough to guess many of the answers in anticipation of a third installment, which should answer the rest. The brisk dialogue and suspense of the early chapters attract, but what follows may become tedious to those not enamored of the genre. Readers may want to begin with the first book, though McEntire provides the dreamscapes, memories, and dialogue to fill in the plot. Sophisticated readers will go to the Light of a better book; devoted fans will want the third installment. For teens who devour the current spate of books pitting good against evil in places where the dead intrude on the living, this will be another helping of a familiar favorite dish. Reviewer: Donna L. Phillips
Urban fantasy whose original ideas aren't sustained by the overall package. In this sequel to
Lightbringer (2011), Wendy just tries to survive in the complicated dual world she inhabits. She's inherited the duties of a Reaper from her mother, who recently died and then became an evil adversary--in that order. Wendy exists simultaneously in the worlds of the living and the dead, taking care of her siblings in the real world but using her Light to destroy maggoty Walkers in the parallel Never, the world of the dead. When a new and dangerous opponent arises among the dead, Wendy's erstwhile (and deceased) boyfriend, Piotr, navigates the overly complex metaphysics and politics of the Never in an attempt to help her. Meanwhile, Wendy discovers a never-known family of aunts, grandmothers and female cousins, Reapers all, and most definitely not on her side. Realism is not enhanced by Piotr's friends: Lily, who, like the Tiger Lily of Peter Pan for whom she is named, plays generic exotic Indian rather than an individual from an actual tribe, and ghostly flapper Elle, whose Damon Runyon–esque dialogue ("it's the cat's meow to doll up and ritz it up for a night again") feels as forced as Piotr's frequent das and nyets. What could be interesting worldbuilding drowns in infelicitous prose and inexplicable machinations. (Fantasy. 13-15)