on Oct. 5, 2013 :
Sometimes words can bring life to a page, reaching out from lines and pulling you in tide on journeys way. A page may tumble, one to the next, pulling you in currents as would the story flow. Maree Ward Russell is less a writer and more a master of crafts, pulling you headlong in tumultuous race, through a swell of crashing emotion - to arrive joyfully fulfilled.
The second in the Castle series, Maree continues seamlessly on from The Transient while again managing to raise the bar. New characters mingle with those we had already grown to love, bringing a new dimension and pace.
With each page came changing emotion, new turns in a twisting journey that never left me wanting. I laughed from the belly, cried from the heart and smiled from ear to ear. This is a book to fall in love with, its characters portraying a bond we all wish we could share.
As always, Maree has given us powerful imagery presented through a filter of innocence, but the pace is brisk and the story strong. You cannot help but fall in love with the characters as they struggle and fight their way toward an explosive conclusion.
The book is billed as Young Adult (YA) paranormal but is a must read, page turner, that will suit the tastes of even the most discerning of reader, regardless of age. This is a journey that will tax a range of emotions and leave you breathless in your need to read more.
Maree, as always, carefully depicts a vivid kaleidoscope of action without feeling any need of gratuitous subplot. I sailed through these pages, totally absorbed and was left screaming for more.
Maree again has set new standards and I for one can't wait for her next release! Deservedly 5 stars!
(reviewed the day of purchase)