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Monday, September 22, 2014

Book Review: Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell #4) by Jenn Bennett

Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell #4)
by Jenn Bennett

ebook, 384 pages
Published May 27th 2014

by PocketThe fourth and final installment of a "riveting" (RT Book reviews) urban fantasy series about a renegade mage and the demons who love her.

Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell's life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who's not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady's body. Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, Cady must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it. Fast. As she and her lover Lon embark on a dangerous journey through her magical past, Lon's teenage son Jupe sneaks off for his own investigation. Each family secret they uncover is darker than the last, and Cady, who has worn many identities—Moonchild, mage, fugitive—is about to add one more to the list.

I hang my head with this confession; I am an avid cover gal. The sight of an intriguing book cover will have my mind racing and fingers itching to get hold of that beauty and dive into the pages just to see what the story teller has to say. Such was my introduction to the Ardadia Bell series. When the opportunity presented itself to read Banishing the Dark, the fourth and final installment in the series, I was compelled to see what the series was about and even though I have not read the prior works I was certainly not disappointed.

The writing was clean and very well executed and even though I came in at the ending of the saga the story and characters were very entertaining giving enough backstory to keep me from feeling lost. There is some world building and character history that is obviously missed, but this only made me want to go back and start at the beginning to see what took place prior to this final wrap up of the series.

I am keeping this spoiler free so take a peak at the synopsis for a taste of the storyline, but I will say there is intrigue, betrayal, sorrow, and a bit of humor that is all very well rounded and satisfying. I enjoyed the book very much and while I would not necessarily recommend beginning the series with this book, I would suggest those who enjoy a good urban fantasy series start with book one and continue on to this fourth installment and rewarding conclusion. I received this book via NetGalley.

4 sheep


About the Author:
Jenn Bennett is the author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series from Pocket Books and the Roaring Twenties historical paranormal romance series from Berkley. Born in Germany, she’s lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the U.S., and the Far East. She currently lives near Atlanta with one husband and two very bad pugs.

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