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- Publication Date: April 12, 2017
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- Language: English
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terrible ones that bring harm to yourself and others?
El is a lovely seventeen-year-old girl. She has led a severely isolated life with her grandparents who raised her. In fact, though her mother is somewhere in the world, El has never even met her. The only people other than her grandparents she has met are the few to work on the family’s farm.
For several years it has been just El and her grandmother left. Two years ago, El finally convinced her grandmother that she had adequate control over the fearful powers in her blood and was allowed to sit tests at the local school. There she met the only friend of her life, Ingrid. Just this summer El also began volunteering to lead groups of tourists through a nearby manor house, something she has enjoyed immensely, especially since Ingrid also works there.
However, this evening something seems wrong to El as she escorts her group. Her heart races and she is short of breath. One very attractive young man seems to be watching her rather than the exhibits. El’s powers surge and there is a terrible accident. Now El is sure her grandmother will lock her away again on their estate.
When she gets home there is a stranger speaking to her grandmother. Instead of being grounded to the manor, she is being sent away. The chic stranger, it seems, is her mother, there to whisk her away from the only person El loves. It appears the mysterious Order will soon be after her. The unexpected use of her power has placed her life in danger!
Will El and her mother make it to safety? Will the Order find them? How does one hide from something powerful enough to sense El’s use of power? Can El really trust the mother she has never met until now?
I like coming-of-age kind of books, so I really enjoyed watching El grow in her confidence. The author did an excellent job of world-building, creating a totally believable hidden (sometimes scary) world that exists under the noses of us mere mortals. The story was fast-paced, and I found myself eager to discover how El would navigate this maze of secret factions, superhuman powers, and new relationships.
I want to learn more about El’s powers and about the descendants of the other gods, the other Arete. In this first book, you do learn quite a bit about them, but I think the second book will delve even deeper. I hope so!
I really enjoyed the world that Rae Else created in Descendants. I will definitely be reading more from this author and look forward to the next book in the series!
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The story is interesting and keeps you guessing constantly - I genuinely could not have predicted half the twists. The world that is depicted is modern day London/parts of the rest of the UK with the Arete living amongst the human population unobserved. I found this integration and the way it is described extremely compelling and it would be enough on it’s own to encourage me to continue reading any more books released in this series. I do think that the book could have contained the same content but be slightly longer - I wanted to feel more emotionally attached to some of the characters than I was given the opportunity to. The main character especially was in no way offensive, but I cared more about the scenarios/locations/human and Arete interactions than I did about what happened to her.
Having said that, the concept of the Arete, their history, their powers and the action scenes with lives on the line - I couldn't put it down.
All in all, this is a great introduction to a fascinating new fantasy world and I will return to the series in future!
Looking forward to reading the next installment.