Seven cursed friends. A powerful revelation. One girl's decision will determine the fate of their world.
Cecily Daye is no stranger to being an outsider. Though she's always been able to count on her six friends who shared the same evil omen. But the deeper they venture into the mysterious Wild Woods, the more the power within her grows and struggles to break free. And when even she struggles to explain her erratic behavior, Cecily is horrified to see the same looks of fear on the faces of her closest friends and the man she's grown to love.
After she learns the true nature of her destructive powers and sees the magical arms race that crops up in response, Cecily worries she won't be able to ward off the darkness building within. When a shocking revelation comes to light, Cecily must make an impossible decision: stand her ground to protect her friends or hide herself away in the hopes of saving the world.
The Downs is the second enchanting book in the Sevens YA fantasy series. If you like magical realms, unbreakable friendships, and a touch of romance, then you'll love Julie Anne Nelson's charming coming-of-age story.
Buy The Downs to unlock a magical tale of sisterhood and sacrifice today!
|Publisher:||Young Mountain Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)|
|Age Range:||1 - 17 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After falling in love with Julie's writing style, narrative, and plot of The Wild Wood, I quickly jumped at the chance to review the next to books in The Sevens series. Don't ask me why it took me so long to pick up The Downs, but it did and I'm sorry that it did. The Downs picks up where we left off in The Wild Wood, with the Conquerors and the Protectors heading back to their home, Darienne. Of course once on the shores of Darienne, the mystics stop Cecily, her sisters, and both sides of the war from entering, believing that Cecily shouldn't exist and will destroy them all. After demanding to be let in and helping those with her to cross the deadly water, Cecily disappears in an explosion of black smoke. With her gone, those not so great individuals take it upon themselves to use her gone to their advantage. What I found to be extremely interesting is that Julie doesn't keep the story solely focused on those in Darienne. Her narrative goes back and forth between Darienne and those back in Dunlowe. Even then, within Dunlowe, the narrative breaks down into two separate narratives. I know this may sound terribly confusing, but Julie pulls these multiple narratives off with flair and finesse. I was never confused or bored with any of the narratives and found myself to be completely enraptured with each of them. She all knows exactly when to switch narratives to ensure you don't put The Downs down (ha) because you absolutely have to find out what it going to happen. Julie focuses more on other characters than Cecily this time around, which I found to be enjoyable. Minor characters from The Wild Wood become major characters and we learn so much more about this mysterious world. Of the Sevens, she puts main focus on to Morgan - whom I love - and Stephanie - whom I'm never going to like. These girls are coming into their powers and we are slowly learning more and more about their previous selves. Honestly, I would love to see some sort of companion novel regarding said previous selves, but I'll have to settle with the information drops as we go along. Not that I'm complaining, each information drop we get it a wonderful insight into these characters. With wonderfully flowing narratives, strong developing characters, and a mystery around ever corner, Julie's novels will keep you entranced until the final page. Of course, you'll be hungering for more after that! This series is unlike any fantasy series I have read before. It's a unique story line that will delight any reader of any age.