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Everyone loves a good origin tale. Cege's started when she was eight years old. She snuck out of bed late one night and into the living room to watch TV. Flipping through stations with the volume turned down low, she came across a rerun of a movie called The Exorcist. She was terrified yet mesmerized.
Cege wasn't unfamiliar with the idea of the battle between good and evil. She attended Catholic school in a small town in rural Wisconsin, and at the time knew the 'age appropriate' stories from the Bible. Nothing in those stories prepared her for the visual onslaught of watching the battle between the priests and the demon for the soul of the young Linda Blair. Cege was deeply disturbed by the movie, but nonetheless a seed was planted that night. That seed grew into a rampant fascination with all things supernatural.
Sleepovers turned into B-rated horror film marathons. Her library card was used to bring home piles of books about ghosts and vampires. She still isn't quite sure who she loved first, Stephen King or Freddy Krueger. By the time she was twelve, Cege took a turn at penning her own spooky tales. That love of things that go bump in the night and scare you to death has only grown stronger throughout the years.
The paranormal and supernatural take center stage in all of Cege's stories. Over the years, she has crafted her own origin stories about vampires (the Bloodtruth series), zombies (the Twisted Souls series), and ghosts, angels, and demons (the Shadows series). She's also taken on the folklore around the Fountain of Youth (the Immortal End series beginning with Ageless). There is something for every reader of the paranormal in Cege's books.
on April 11, 2013 :
I have been a huge fan of this series ever since I found it! Cege Smith is a very creative author that creates worlds that are very similar to ours with emotions that we can all relate to: fear, betrayal, grief, and most importantly love.
Trials of Truth basically picks up pretty much right where The Queen's Betrayal leaves off. Connor and Angeline are finding themselves ensnared in a trap the Clan has been planning for a long time.
The characters in this novel work good together. Connor and Angeline are very smart and do not have the "insta-love" element to them that most young adult protagonists do. They do, however, have the tragic love written all over them. And it is interesting to see how they deal with the problems that arise from their love for each other.
It seems like everyone in the story so far, has to choose how far they are willing to go to save people and in the process, maybe lose themselves too.
I did find that the story seemed to go a little slow, especially where the Queen's Court drama pertained to. And I am not a huge fan of Malin but I do think he will redeem himself in the end. At least I hope he does.
This book leaves off on a huge cliffhanger which had me a little shell shocked. I was like, " What? Oh come on, just give me a little bit more!!" I am not a huge fan of cliff hangers because I hate to wait but this one was pretty good at the abruptness of it. But it served its purpose because now I am so intensely waiting for the next book!
All in all, I am really digging this series as it takes us farther and farther into the lies, deceit, politics, and even the truth of the real histories of the Robart family. I think in this story the truth may be the darkest part of all.
So if you are interested in the High Court drama, with a mixture of the supernatural element such as witches, vampires and an all knowing cult Clan then you should definitely grab these up.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)