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- Print Length: 387 pages
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- Publication Date: November 29, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B077RDRYHH
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Fear the Wicked (Illusions Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The weighty, enlightening and spiritual themes are punctuated with dark eroticism, a suspenseful storyline and searingly brutal violence. There is a carefully presented and well rounded message that arises out of the bloody incomprehensibly violent chaos.
Jacob who has renounced the collar of priesthood is on a quest for truth and revenge. He is burdened by the guilt of his brother's trickery that Jacob had again cost a woman her life because of the violence of his lovemaking...Especially since he gave into the temptation of this woman his brother had groomed for him specific to his dark desires despite his priestly vow of celibacy. Sedra is however alive and well tormented again by Jericho (Elijah).
We find Jacob living with a friend for a time lost to his appetites for meaningless and dangerous sex. He seems lost to his wicked nature, but is Jacob " the wicked" one to fear? It would be simplistic to say this a story of an evil twin versus a good twin. When Jacob finally gets it together to face his past and look for the clues that have turned his brother against him, we find out about "the wicked" that should be feared. There is a reason why Jericho has become "Elijah" and it is wickedness that even Elijah, as twisted his mind is, can now recognize among the more powerful followers of the cult he has established.
Elijah says this about the Sheriff who has drunk the kool-aid he has served:
"Once again I was looking into the face of the truly wicked: the men and women who hid behind the masks of spiritual leaders, teachers and cops, pretending to be helping us when, in truth, they were preying on us for their perverse pleasure. They were the wolves in sheep’s clothing that the world had been warned about."
After learning truths about the consequences of the constant physical abuse their father visited upon his twin boys for the wickedness he perceived in them, Jacob comes to the following conclusion: "Because, in the end, it’s the deceivers that are the most horrendous of all, and if good men do really exist in this world slowly slipping into Hell, then those men would be better off opening their eyes to the truth that stands before them, because to see it is to fear the wicked."
Through it all we have the lovely, devout and yes, pure heart of Sedra. A young woman who was held in the thrall of Elijah, brainwashed to love, serve and desire the punishment of this twisted man. He made her feel that her natural desire and submissive nature was a demon that needed purging from her body through pain. Through it all she did notice the difference between Jericho and Jacob. She felt the kindness of Jacob despite his need for the darker arts in lovemaking. It is this thread of a true love between Jacob and Sedra that the darker romance reader finds solace and dare I say a small delight? A spark of light through this exceedingly violent saga.
But what of Jericho? Do we blame him for his perversions? He says the following about how he felt as he sang in church as a young choirboy:
"There were times I remembered being so engrossed in the spirit that my heart would race and my lungs would work harder to draw in air. My mind would float off with the harmonious voices and I believed in God's holy light just because my body had been so affected."
I believe any religious ceremony and/or faith experience can be a balm to the battered heart, uplift the spirit, convince and even transport one to another plane of existence. After all, Elijah used the power of his sermons to transport his congregation and the power of a drugged sexual experience on Sedra to make her believe him to be her god.
Who does it serve for one to be "drunk" on faith or religion? Real faith (not religion) takes the sober daily hard toil of love, forgiveness, loving your enemy and dedicating yourself to the corporal and spiritual good of someone other than yourself. Don't get me wrong. I think it is critically important to take care of yourself but never at the expense of someone else. Perhaps, this was Jericho's failing...he did not know how to heal and never tried to heal rather sought relief in becoming the wickedness that corrupted him.
There were a lot of layers to this story. The start is much slower paced than the first book while laying all the “ground work”, but it really picks up halfway through the story.
My heart ached for these 3 characters. Seeing into Jacob & Jericho’s past is heart aching, Jericho’s present and how he chose to deal with his past is disturbing and gut wrenching, and all that Sedra endures is painful. As the layers unfold and we see more into each character, feelings morph and an understanding takes hold of you.
I wasn’t sure what type of ending Lily White was going to give to each of these characters and, as the plot picked up, I couldn’t wait to see how this was all going to go down. This complex story and Lily White’s intricate writing will have your emotions all over the place in this dark and twisty tale.
This could have been a tight, fast paced one book read and been 4-5 stars, but the story didn't have enough meat on its bones to be 2 books, so it suffered badly from filler overload. I am really disappointed will proceed with caution if the author goes down the "duet" road again.
This duet is is a well written tale of the corruption of faith and power. Its is a dark, twisted psychological thrillers that keep me guessing until the end.
Lily of course has once again done a brilliant job!
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Lily White has fast become one of my must-click authors, and having very much enjoyed reading the first in this duet, I was awaiting the second with much...Read more
This book was just as good as the first one.Read more
Fear the Wicked is the second book in Lily White's Illusions Duet.Read more
DO NOT read this Duet if you:
1. Haven't read the first one