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Argentum (The P.A.W.S.Saga Book 2) Kindle Edition
|Length: 336 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||
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|Age Level: 12 - 18||Grade Level: 5 - 12|
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The story picks up right where book 1 leaves off. We follow Miri as she figures out what to do with the silver charm that Alistair left behind. She has nightmares and questions that torments her until the charm mysteriously disappears and back into the hands of her uncle. The leader of PAWS (Jessamyn) seeks help from Quentin (a Wizard and former lover), who claims to have repented his past association with Alistair.
And what of Jenna, Miri's friend at PAWS? The young girl who was once held captive by Alistair, is carrying a terrible secret: she's preggers with his child. Miri can feel/sense evil within the unborn baby. While Miri battles internally of telling Jenna exactly what she's carrying, she still wants to be her friend and have Jenna experience the joys of being pregnant.
Argentum is a very well-written story. I like the authors style, giving the reader just enough detail for them to use their imagination without telling them every last detail. The characters are rich and well developed, and the storyline has sufficient layers to keep the reader interested. If I had one concern (not a complaint), it would be that this story was a bit more ‘grown up’ than P.A.W.S. The first book in the series, I felt, was assessible to all teens, as I saw it as a ‘YA’ book. The storyline in this second book as some elements in it, though neither graphic nor harsh, were a bit much for younger teens. Therefore, this second book would be best suited for the 15/16+ crowd.
All in all, I enjoyed the story. I will certainly read the next in the series, as it’s just that good. Well done. I recommend this book for older teens and anyone that enjoys well-written Urban Fantasy.
Summary: Miri Katz, a student at P.A.W.S. has a lot more to deal with than mere classes. Her father’s a semi-immortal psychopath of sorts. That’s enough to give you grays even if you don’t have the ability to turn into a cat.
- Although it can be read and understood without listening or reading book one, I’d recommend doing this series in order.
- There are a ton of very cool concepts in here. I like the idea of magic schools, powerful pendants, the quest for immortality, moral questions, and stuff like that.
- Content Warning: There are also some pretty disturbing elements involving multiple forms of abuse of a minor. The book is categorized as YA and I know teens deal with stuff like this. The tough content is handled reasonably well, but I just don’t like it in fantasy stuff I read/listen to. It makes whatever I’m reading way less kid-friendly, meaning I can’t recommend it to the target audience. (Everything else fits a 13-ish age bracket splendidly, except that.)
- Audio performance was done with heart.
- I didn’t like certain characters. I don’t think you’re meant to like the particular character I had in mind, but it’s really annoying to actively hate story characters. (On the flip side, that means they’ve got some depth to them.) This could just be the voice used for the character, it grated on the nerves. Pretty sure that’s exactly what it’s supposed to do …
- There’s not a great deal of closure. It’s very much a part two of multiple stories. I would have liked a few more threads to be tied up. I’m sure they will be, but that will have to wait for book 3.
Conclusion: If you’re okay with slightly depressing themes like sexual abuse of a kid and can get past that, then it’s actually a really good book.
*I received a copy of the audio free. I chose to review it.*