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- Print Length: 269 pages
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- Publication Date: July 22, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GMX5HTW
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Scar (The Celestial Talisman Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The chapters alternate points-of-view between Vinny – the main character, and Amanda, the mastermind behind an evil plot to make herself lord over a new world order. Chapter headings denoting which character we are experiencing, even if they only show the character’s name, would have been a nice addition. Once I caught on to the pattern, though, it wasn’t a problem. Scar is a brilliant and unique urban fantasy, which should capture the attention of many new fantasy readers. The characters are diverse, distinctive, and suffer from realistic insecurities despite their special abilities. Vinny is a strong heroine who is becoming more secure within herself. It’s been interesting to watch her come into her own after coming from such an abusive background.
Scar has it all: a smart, intriguing plot, physical battles between light and dark, internal conflicts, excellent dialogue, and a bit of romance. This book comes to a satisfying ending with a few elements and questions still hanging for the plot to continue. Things are far from settled and I am looking forward to watching relationships develop, as well as finding out where the whole story is headed now. Caitlin O’Connor is definitely a new fantasy author to keep an eye on.
FYI: Scar is the second book in The Celestial Talisman series. It contains strong language and British and/or South African English spelling conventions. There is a glossary for South African vernacular at the end of the book. There are several F-bombs dropped. **Originally written for "BigAl’s Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** October 10, 2016
Format/Typo Issues: No significant proofing errors.
So, by the time I was done reading Finding the Phoenix, the predecessor to Scar, I was itching to find out what author Caitlin O’Connor had in mind next for our protagonist. And I must say that I wasn’t disappointed in the least.
Scar doesn’t pick up immediately where Finding the Phoenix left off. When we see Vinny again, she’s following the trail of the evil Handmaidens of the Skaath Diurga, alongside her faithful guardian and friend, Blake. But Vinny has certainly changed from the girl we met coming back to life in the morgue at the beginning of Phoenix.
Our protagonist had already shown some impulsiveness when we first met her in Phoenix, but this time around Vinny is a firebrand . . . and that’s not always a good thing. Still, Vinny isn’t the only character that goes through changes in Scar.
O’Connor does a brilliant job of developing her characters further, as we get a glimpse into the minds of important secondary characters, such as the aforementioned Blake and Alistair. We learn a lot more about their past, thus understanding better what makes them tick.
In contrast to Phoenix, where we only got a glimpse of the main antagonists through the heroes’ eyes, in Scar we get a much more detailed introduction into the inner workings of the dangerous and treacherous Covenants that serve the supernatural Skaath Diurga.
I could talk about this for hours, as it was one of my favorite parts from the book, but it would be impossible to do so without giving important spoilers away. Suffice it to say that the Skaath Diurga are much more closely related to most of the main characters than O’Connor leads us to believe at first. And some of these revelations are as unexpected as they’re brilliant.
Scar is a step up from its predecessor, and to me that’s saying something, since I really enjoyed Finding the Phoenix. This book’s ending is exciting, unexpected, and it leaves you wanting more. It may be hard for Caitlin O’Connor to top what she’s done with Scar. But if she does, her Celestial Talisman series could be a memorable one.