Dark Flame Rising by J A Pederson

 

The beginning starts off with Keegan, a blogger hacking into the Agency’s sensitive data. Her aim for her blog is to expose people that are corrupt and what they are doing behind closed doors.

Turtle Springs comes into play where Keegan was born and where her parents died; where sleeping demons lie, and secrets dormant could expose those to danger once again. Now after a long time Keegan and her grandmother Lavinia return to this place. The fire that occurred thirteen years ago still blazes in Lavinia’s mind, her desperate attempt to keep Keegan away, but something has brought her back.

Other characters are brought into the plot, adding different layers. Small snippets about past presidents and facts are quite informative at the bottom of the book, certainly interesting for those curious about history. Unfortunately there are a lot of tedious elements, which does build the character’s personalities, but too much information weighs it down, slowing down the plot.

The author quickly describes the characters, the looks, their quirks, what drives them.

Elements of magic come into play in order to divine things hidden in this small town, so many events masked behind this place in New Mexico.

There are some editing errors that could have improved things. It was slightly difficult to connect to the young character at times, fleeting moments where I found something, but as my personal preference leans towards adult characters, I did find it hard to really feel for these characters.

Each character contributes to the novel in a different way and the element of magic, guardians and the Wisdom are sure to excite those that like the fantasy world.

I do feel the novel is a bit too long, components in the novel probably don’t need to be there. Slow developments do take place, but it takes too long to get anywhere and the major climatic event wasn’t really worth the build-up. Perhaps enjoyable read for some, but a slow one for me.

2 ½ stars

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