Book Review – The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

The teenagers of Four Paths must save their home.

Though the Beast is seemingly subdued for now, a new threat looms in Four Paths: a corruption seeping from the Gray into the forest. And with the other Founders preoccupied by their tangled alliances and fraying relationships, only May Hawthorne seems to realize the danger. But saving the town she loves means seeking aid from the person her family despises most–her and Justin’s father.

May’s father isn’t the only newcomer in town–Isaac Sullivan’s older brother has also returned, seeking forgiveness for the role he played in Isaac’s troubled past. But Isaac isn’t ready to let go of his family’s history, especially when that history might hold the key that he and Violet Saunders need to destroy the Gray and the monster within it.

Harper Carlisle isn’t ready to forgive, either. Two devastating betrayals have left her isolated from her family and uncertain who to trust. As the corruption becomes impossible to ignore, Harper must learn to control her newfound powers in order to protect Four Paths. But the only people who can help her do that are the ones who have hurt her the most.

With the veil between the Gray and the town growing ever thinner, all of the Founder descendants must put their grievances with one another aside to stop the corruption and kill the Beast once and for all.

But maybe the monster they truly need to slay has never been the Beast…


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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I loved my trip back to Four Paths! I fell right back into the atmosphere and the story. I love Violet, and her determination. I loved getting to see more of Isaac, and even May. Isaac is just beyond wonderful in this, I think everyone now loves him and quite rightly so!

Plus I adore Augusta and Juniper, they’re so cute. Augusta isn’t a likeable character suddenly, but I love that relationship and the way it softens Augusta.

The magic is so integral here, and getting to see more about the beast and the background to the founding of the town was just epic, I really enjoyed every second of that. I gasped at several of the reveals, I cheered on our protagonists (even when they were at odds), and I just generally rolled around in the wonderfully creepy atmosphere.

This is a glorious return to the Devouring Grey, and I am all for it. 4.5 stars.

Buy The Deck of Omens from Waterstones.

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