Half Black Soul by H.D. Gordon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As people who read my reviews might remember, I thought the first book in this series was good, but far from great. I loved the potential the story line had and felt like this series could grow into something amazing. I was right! This second book was soooooo much better than the first. I really felt like a lot of things that were bugging me in book one were addressed in book two. I still am not overly comfortable with her "trainings" in book one, but the rest of it was completely resolved in my mind.
This book was basically divided into two story lines that occurred simultaneously. The first one revolved around Nelly and Two Rivers. Nelly took a much more central role in this novel and we really got to see her character in a much deeper way. This maybe slightly spoilery, but I can see her as being the true hero of this series. Not only did we get to see her true potential skills wise, but we also got to see why she was raised the way she was and how strong she really is. I am really looking forward to seeing her grow in the next book. The potential is endless.
The second focused on Alexa and Kayden as they tried to free her mother. It was interesting to watch the dynamics of these two characters as they worked towards this common goal and struggled with what their relationship would be. The whole Warrior/Libra component was and interesting part of their dynamic. While I kept hoping for more Kayden led chapters, I think having us only see their relationship from her perspective was the best choice for the book.
Without a doubt, I will be reading the next book in the series. I think that you could probably start with book two, but I think you should start with Blood Warrior. If you are reading them back to back as one book, i think you will be very happy with your reading experience.
While this book does have some violence, I would have no problem recommending it to a teen. The main character does smoke, but I think the way the author explores her reasons for it is powerful and does not make it seem like a good idea or cool in anyway.
OK, this has no place in a review, but.....Jackson, now it makes sense!!!
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