Seams of Shadow
The Celestial Scripts Book #2
by Gwendolyn Nix
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Pub Date 12 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2021
Crossroad Press, Mystique Press
Evil is the consequence of an individual's own struggles against non-existence...
Ancient monsters of destruction rise from emerging rifts that dot the landscape, pushing cities and the known civilization to their downfall. As her homeland falls into chaos around her and political intrigues arise, Eos—a celestial healer with a thrice-split soul—battles to mitigate the consequences of her ever-increasing powers to help close the rifts connecting her world to an unknown, dangerous underworld. When an angel with a claim on her arrives, demanding what he’s owed, she must tap into her newly discovered lineage to find a way to escape him.
Erigenia, the parasite on Eos’ soul, has severed her link to Eos in a reckless bid for independence. Scavenging for resources to maintain her decaying form and ensure her immortality, she slowly begins to descend little by little into the darkness of non-existence. Yet, as her magic begins to fade, Erigenia finds herself hunted, forcing her to face an old foe driven insane by revenge and the decisions that shaped her past.
As Eos grapples with shadow-hounds sent to track her down and Erigenia’s increasing demands for both Eos’ strength and life-force, a greater plot unfolds that will destroy everything Eos has ever known—and her true enemies and allies are revealed.
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This book reminds me of Furyborn by Claire LeGrand, it is a magical world, with magically complicated names, that was wonderful to be a part of!
The plot was the main reason that got me interested in this book. I read the prequel The Falling Dawn before I read Seams of Shadow so that I would understand and get into the story better.
I actually thought Seams of Shadow was more structured in how the story progressed and the writing was better compared to the first book and I finished it in like two days. But I did not completely love it. I had high hopes going into this book as I wanted to know what happens next from where book one left off. But, each chapter was about how another rip was closed and the monsters were fought away or of Eriginia's past. I was actually hoping to find out what's next in the path to finding Adonai and freeing the messengers or Enoch coming back but nothing of sorts happened in this book.
I also thought that there were big words used throughout the book which I honestly wouldn't mind but just felt out of place in this book. Ex: Obsidian sky aka Dark Sky sometimes where it was used just didn't fit in.
Trying to include many mythological characters and stories into one story was also just a bit too much.
And Eos's character was a bittersweet connection for me. I sometimes loved her level-headedness but I absolutely couldn't stand her as well. And what's with her sleeping with every person she meets??? Be it a cannibal or a Nephilim or a god! I know what her past was and for someone who did not want to be that she is totally acting like one.
And the plot twist at the end well I was somewhat expecting it but was a bit weak in my opinion. This book and this plot had soo much potential. Yet I would like to find out what happens next.
I haven't read the first in the series but this did not stop me from liking this one. Initially it took time to get the flow but I was glad I continued. The second half of the book is what I enjoyed more. It was interesting and made me want to know what they do next.
Eos is a celestial healer who has her soul split thrice and now she has to escape an angel who claims to have her entirely. She has to fight battles with the creatures who aren't part of earth to protect her home but it becomes more dangerous with each passing day. Her character was good and more developed towards the end.
Erigenia is a parasite living off on Eos's soul. To stop herself from decaying she takes up their future. She just thinks of herself without bothering about the impact. In her hunger to be immortal she has done bad things for which her past is hunting her now.
The characters were good, it has Adonia, Wisdom Sophia, Isis which had me Google to know their link. The end was good and I want to know what happens next. The writing and plot was okay with this being a nice read overall.
Thank you Netgalley, Crossroad Press for ARC of this in exchange of honest review.