Saturday, July 5, 2014

Review for The Dark Citadel by Jane Dougherty

Title: The Dark Citadel
Author: Jane Dougherty
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Publication date: October 4 2013
ISBN: 978-1-61937-528-4
Length: 227 pgs
Book Series and number: The Green Woman Book 1
Rating: 5
Heat Rating: 0

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed for For Whom The Books Toll
5, No heat

Evil is slouching into Providence. Will the awakening memories of a rebellious runaway be enough to send the demon back into the shadows?

Fifteen-year-old Deborah is angry and bitter. Rebelling against an arranged marriage to an idiot, she flees the oppression of Providence’s religious Elders to search for her exiled mother, the legendary Green Woman.

Zachariah, dark, brooding and unhappy crosses Deborah’s path as they both plot escape from the House of Correction. Dislike is instant and mutual, and Zachariah blunders off alone to seek the Green Woman’s magical Garden. In the desert wasteland, Jonah, the dog boy takes Deborah’s hand, first as a friend and guide, then as something more.

Abaddon, Lord of Hell is waiting to crush the green magic that will destroy his realm on earth. Deborah is discovering love and the mysterious power of her memories, but will this be enough to defeat the demon and the Elder’s regime, and dispel the shadows cast by the Dark Citadel?

My review:
I was captivated by this story starting with page one. The terminology took me a few pages to get used to but didn't hinder my enjoyment of the book. The characters are fantastic and very well written.

Deborah was young and rebellious and questioned the ways things were in her world. She got into a lot of trouble and that didn't stop her from wanting to find her mother and way out of Providence. I admired Deborah's spunk and tenacity and her never quit outlook.

Zachariah was a dreamer and had a wonderful creative mind. He often didn't do as he was told and got into some trouble of his own. Zachariah had a strong character and was enchanted by the stories of The Green Woman and wanted to find her. I so wanted him to succeed in escaping.

Jonah the dog boy was from outside in the wasteland and knew how to survive. He helped Deborah when she needed it most. There were times when neither Deborah nor Jonah understood the other. The dangerous journey they traveled together only made them stronger.

As I was reading this book, my mind flashed on 'this is a different take on the bible' or the way the would could be if evil truly took over the world.
The Dark Citadel gives the reader a full range of emotions, a wild roller coaster ride into the unknown and evil that is inside and outside of Providence. The story also has some shocking and surprising scenes.

I wouldn't have thought I would enjoy a YA book, but I can't say enough great things about The Dark Citadel and I can't wait to continue reading this series.

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