And then they forgot.
Since that day, their lives have been normal-well, as normal as can be expected when you live in a world of talking cats and researching mythical creatures.
But their recent adventures soon come back to haunt them. Their illusion of security is shattered when old secrets resurface-as well as old enemies. And Emma Novak -- and her mysterious heritage -- is at the center of it all.
This time the battle will be more difficult. And if the right side is to win, sacrifices must be made...
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Another lovely tale of modern fantasy from author Daley Downing! This book was great fun. ^_^ Masters and Beginners introduced us to Sophie and Flynn Driscoll, and their family & friends, part of the Order of the Twelve Tribes which deals with the existence of Fey and other magical beings in our modern world—protecting the knowledge. I loved getting to step into that world in book one, meet the characters; this second book takes us further into their lives & adventures. The mixture of modern everyday life with the secrets of Fey, artifacts, shapeshifting cats, etc. was fascinating, as was the element of Nephilim and Biblical mythology which was gone into a bit more. Occasionally a bit odd, but interesting. XD I LOVED seeing more of Faerie and the Fey, and some of the new characters were fabulous! I enjoyed getting to spend more time with the characters I’ve grown very fond of from book one, such as Sophie and Flynn, their parents James and Kate, and the half-fey neighbors including Alex, who’s my favorite! (I do want more of him!) Emma was... interesting. She was a little hard to like through part of it, having gained an attitude; I liked her more in the first book, though I DO appreciate that she’s having a hard time and stuff in this one, which of course can do things to people! And twists... I still love Jules the cat sith and other characters. Some newer ones, like Prince Crispin (very brief, but he was so cool!) and Avery, were fantastic! Avery’s another favorite—she has such spark to her; she’s basically a really cool aunt. ;) I’m excited to see more of her in her new role! (No spoilers. :P) There’s also much character growth! I really appreciate how the book dealt with the aftermath of the memory charm from the end of book one! You don’t often get that, seeing what happens after a bunch of people forget everything... That was fascinating & well done. :) I love the Archives, too! And I continue to love the film/book references, and snatches of articles etc. after chapters, which add depth to the world. It’s a hard to talk about many things in the book because spoilers! Sooo many spoilers. And villain MEEPery. O_O But the story was definitely interesting! (One tricky thing for me was that I kept having phantom memories of different or alternate scenes because I read an early beta-version first, but that’s my own problem. XD I've since bought the full version. :)) There’s adventure, secrets, discovery, betrayal, joy, heartbreak, tears and love. I have a complicated relationship with a few of the twists, especially near the end, because I’m not sure about them, but there ARE two more books in the series! ;) And my main issue with Volume 1 was resolved in this one... So I'll look forward to seeing how everything turns out! There are definitely hints/threads hanging that leave me going “WHAT??? IS THAT WHAT I THINK IT IS?? TELL ME MORE. O_O” so I’m definitely anxiously awaiting more books! Overall, this book is on a slightly larger scale than the first, with more going on, more things for me to be not sure about but also more to go “AWESOME!” over. :D The first one was a fun romp & delightful introduction, while this one while this one is going deeper, giving me feels, etc.! I'm unsure (for now) about a couple things, but still enjoyed it! Unique, fantastical... really well done. Give the first a try if you love fairies & modern books! I'm addicted to this series/world/characters & I'm just basically FOND.
4.5 Stars! Very much enjoyed this. The world that Daley Downing has created is so unlike any other. I am always surprised by her creativity. This book very much picked up where the last one left off and I enjoyed watching our characters deal with the consequences of last book more than I thought I would. The shining star of this book is, undoubtedly, Avery. She is hands down my favorite character now. I love how different she is from most fiction heroines. She is down to earth and relatable and her autism is just one aspect of her beautiful self! I kinda love those series that get better with each book and where the whole series is so much more than just the sum of its parts. I have a feeling this series is going to be that way. I already find my mind wandering into Downing's imaginary worlds at unexpected times and feeling a bit like I have a shared history with the characters. Please keep the stories coming, and keep exploring new aspects of your imagination!! The only reason this isn't five stars is because it is a little hard for me to keep up with Daley Downing's imagination. You can tell her mind is just packed full of the people, places, and history of her world. Sometimes I forget who a certain character is, or what is being referenced. But that doesn't detract from the story for me. I find it worth it to figure it out and keep going.
This is one I’ve been eagerly looking forward to ever since reading the excellent first book. It did not disappoint. Daley Downing is one of the most clever and talented authors of Christian fantasy in today’s indie-publishing sphere. Book 1, Masters and Beginners, had a startling conclusion (which I won’t spoil) that left the characters in an interesting conundrum. Book 2 builds on this in a highly satisfying way, introducing new twists and expanding the rich universe of the Twelve Tribes series in fun and surprising ways. Downing expertly juggles multiple characters and subplots without making the reader feel lost or skimping on details. Everything comes together in a gripping conclusion that answers many questions from Book 1 while introducing new and exciting prospects for future stories. There’s massive spin-off potential in this world. I’ll use this review to officially put in my request for a story (or stories) about Avery and Prince Crispin. Also, Book 1 was notable for its gracious handling of characters on the autistic spectrum, and this aspect is even more prominent in Book 2. Sequels are hard, but Downing has knocked this one out of the park, and I can’t wait to see where she takes the series next.