Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Black Market (The Wizard hall Chronicles Volume 2) by Sheryl Steines.
About the Book: Annie Pearce thought she heard the last of Special Agent Jack Ramsey, until he called her; there was another bizarre death. This time it was outside the magical black market. In the course of the investigation in the black market, Annie and the Wizard Guard learn that the protection spell surrounding the market is failing and if it’s not stopped, magic will be exposed. Is it related to the murder? As Annie races to discover who murdered the victim, she stumbles into a strange secret society that leads her down a path to discovering the truth about her father’s death. Is it all related?
My review: This is my favorite book of the series so far. I really enjoyed the way ancient stories, religion, and mythos were tied together in a modern day treasure hunt. The story itself was faced paced and entertaining, keeping me guessing and turning the pages. The world was richly described, but more than that, I could feel the dirt and grime of the black market. The scenes there were my favorites, just because of the description put into it.
My only issue with the story was a brief moment where there was an awesome opportunity to cash in on the building suspense, and it was easily resolved by the next scene. I understand the reason behind how it was done, and it was explained well. I just wanted more action, so take this critism with a grain of salt.
The characters were well developed and fun. Annie reminds me of myself in that no matter how I’m feeling, I’m not a good patient and refuse to take things easy. She really drove the story and I chuckled every time she had to deal with the elf in her house. It was a classic odd couple moment where I felt her pain, but wanted it to keep going.
Like the first book, this is an awesome combination of various mythos and a great story. It also has me jonesing for the next book. I can’t wait to read it.