While working on my MMGM post I realized with some disappointment that I never posted my review of book 2 in the Eighth Day series (even though it’s one of my most favorite series. What???) Anyways, I had to remedy that.
Book Title: The Inquisitor’s Mark
Author: Dianne K. Salerni
Publication Date: January 27th 2015
Source: Personal copy.
From Goodreads: After the all-out Eighth Day war in Mexico, Jax, Riley, and Evangeline have gone into hiding. There are still rogue Transitioners and evil Kin lords who want to use Riley, a descendant of King Arthur, and Evangeline, a powerful wizard with bloodlines to Merlin, to get control over the Eighth Day.
So when Finn Ambrose, a mysterious stranger, contacts Jax claiming to be his uncle, Jax’s defenses go up—especially when Finn tells Jax that he’s holding Jax’s best friend, Billy, hostage. To rescue Billy and keep Riley and Evangeline out of the fray, Jax sneaks off to New York City on his own. But once there, he discovers a surprising truth: Finn is his uncle and Jax is closely related to the Dulacs—a notoriously corrupt and dangerous Transitioner clan who have been dying to get their hands on Riley and Evangeline. And family or not, these people will stop at nothing to get what they want.
With suspense, action, and intrigue lurking around every corner, this fast-paced fantasy series will be a welcome addition for fans of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter.
My take: In the first book, Jax was introduced to the world of Transitioners and the Eight Day. He had to learn the rules by making mistakes and some of them put the entire world in danger. It was amazing and unforgettable. Well, that’s what I thought until I read this book.
It’s a feat when a second book in a series surpasses the first book. Everything I loved back then was intact, plus more.
Jax is now torn between loyalty to his friends and the discovery that he still has family. He has an uncle and his family willing and hoping to take Jax in. One little hiccup though, they work for Jax and his guardian Riley’s enemy, the Dulac family. The emotions in this book ran so high I had a little book hangover after. New enemies, once only heard of, have now surfaced. Clans struggle to establish new alliances in the face of this new danger, while Jax has to make the tough decision of siding with the people he truly considers as “his” family.
It’s a challenge to gush about this book without spoiling the first. I loved the author’s writing, her world building skill and this special touch she has with dialogues.
A definite re-read for me. If you haven’t started this series yet, maybe consider giving it shot.