Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell #4)
by Jenn Bennett
What is it about:
Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell's life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who's not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady's body.
Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, Cady must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it. Fast.
As she and her lover Lon embark on a dangerous journey through her magical past, Lon's teenage son Jupe sneaks off for his own investigation. Each family secret they uncover is darker than the last, and Cady, who has worn many identities—Moonchild, mage, fugitive—is about to add one more to the list.
What did I think of it:
I will confess it took me some time to pick this book up, because other people seemed to be disappointed by it.
It turned out to be very nice read though.
I liked how the story changes between Cady and Jupe. Cady is in over her head and her storyline is filled with close encounters and danger. And don't get me started on what's happening between her and Lon. Jupe's storyline was more of a comic relief at times, but I like his way of thinking and his antics.
Things did seem to go a bit easy at times, but the story was cool enough that I didn't mind. What I did mind is the shaving that took place! What's with the beard and mustache shaving? After three books with a mustached hero I finally thought I'd found an author who wouldn't take out the razor, but alas...
Shaving aside I had fun with this book, which is a nice ending to this series in my opinion (although I wouldn't mind if Bennett decided to give Jupe a book/series of his own).
I can advice this series to anyone who likes fun Urban Fantasy with an original take on demons and magic.
Why should you read it:
It's a fun UF read