The Seat of Magic by J. Kathleen Cheney

The Golden City, Book 2

Synopsis: Magical beings have been banned from the Golden City for decades, though many live there in secret. Now humans and nonhumans alike are in danger as evil stalks the streets, growing more powerful with every kill….

It’s been two weeks since Oriana Paredes was banished from the Golden City. Police consultant Duilio Ferreira, who himself has a talent he must keep secret, can’t escape the feeling that, though she’s supposedly returned home to her people, Oriana is in danger.

Adding to Duilio’s concerns is a string of recent murders in the city. Three victims have already been found, each without a mark upon her body. When a selkie under his brother’s protection goes missing, Duilio fears the killer is also targeting nonhuman prey.

To protect Oriana and uncover the truth, Duilio will have to risk revealing his own identity, put his trust in some unlikely allies, and consult a rare and malevolent text known as The Seat of Magic….

Review: I really loved the first book and I could not wait to be able to immerse myself in the second volume and find all the characters again. It took some time, I confess, to achieve that but it was a pleasure to get into this fantastic world.

We thus find Duilio facing many problems. Indeed, he does not understand why Oriana who went back home, haven’t returned yet and is very concerned for her, convinced that something happened to her. His relatives do not help as they are constantly asking if she is finally back or not. But in addition to this, Duilio must also face some new gruesome murders that seem perpetrated by a healer and which affect humans as well as non-humans. Yet the absence of evidence makes the tracking very difficult.

I loved follow this second volume, to see the relationship between Duilio and Oriana evolve this way and it’s true that it was interesting to see the encounter between two so different cultures to see what they could do together. But I also really enjoyed learning more about the sirea, and to learn more about Oriana, her past and her history. There are many events that we did not know about and the truth comes out here. It was a delight to follow and I was really curious to know the end of the story. I can tell you that you will not be disappointed because the author presents revelations after revelations and we are always eager to learn more. We also meet a large community that is not necessarily expected and I loved to discover so many new characters that I hope to see very soon.

I think the main advantage of this series is the world that JK Cheney has created. Indeed, it is quite impressive and fascinating to see all she has managed to create here and she easily wins us. This is already a huge point, but when in addition the plot and characters follow are also well done, what more can we ask for? It was a great discovery and I am, as you can imagine, eager to immerse myself in the sequel and to follow the adventures of our characters!




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