Monday, May 26, 2014
Review: Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell #4) by Jenn Bennett
The fourth and final installment of a "riveting" (RT Book reviews) urban fantasy series about a renegade mage and the demons who love her.
Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell's life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who's not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady's body. Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, Cady must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it. Fast. As she and her lover Lon embark on a dangerous journey through her magical past, Lon's teenage son Jupe sneaks off for his own investigation. Each family secret they uncover is darker than the last, and Cady, who has worn many identities—Moonchild, mage, fugitive—is about to add one more to the list.
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Source: e-arc provided by Pocket via Netgalley for an honest review
I'm going to miss this series like crazy. I don't think any author has done a better job of writing a family dynamic in urban fantasy that has felt so real and touching as Jen Bennett has done with the Arcadia Bell series.
Banishing the Dark brings Cady full circle to confront her past, her mother and her powers, something she needs to do before she finally move on and and build a future.
I don't want to spoil anything - but Bennett really kicks it up on the action and romance for long time fans of this series. There were some twists that I was unsure of at first but Bennett made it work.
Jupe has a few chapters of his own and I couldn't even contain my excitement or laughter while reading them. He is seriously the best kid ever! And I hate reading about kids.
**Minor spoiler ahead if you haven’t read the previous books in this series:**
Because this is the end of the series (sobs), the focus was on Cady, Lon, Jupe and the showdown with her mother. That means there wasn't a lot of time for old favorites and I missed them terribly, although you're not left wondering what happens to them.
Cady and Lon's relationship was so damn sweet and funny. There was a lightness to Lon that he didn't have in the previous books, despite the drama going on around them. Knowing that I wasn't going to be able to spend time with them again made each of their scenes more special and even made me a little teary eyed.
I'm not a fan of long epilogues but this one was perfect. I needed it for closure.
The Arcadia bell series is one of my favorite UF series and I'm sad to see it end but also thrilled with it going out on such a high note.