So to wrap up a busy week, I’ll leave you with some reviews from book one. Next week, I’ll tease you with Shadows of Fate.
The Structure is a secret civilization made up of seven houses that pursue enlightenment by attempting to understand the nature of energy. The structure of the Houses that insists upon learning and growing together is collapsing. In its place begins the seeds of infighting. Soon, without their notice, the people of the Houses begin losing their special powers. The Oracle, the leader of the Structure, hates to see what had become of her people. But she’s dying and can do little to help them. Now, as the Structure begins tipping deeper into darkness, a new leader is needed to prevent conflict among the Houses from escalating into an all-out war. Ollie could be the key to finding the next leader, but she has her family to think of and a life to live. So she must remain unnoticed. As power hungry factions hunt for Ollie, however, she has no choice but to get involved. She’ll do whatever’s necessary to protect her loved ones.
“Ollie is a ruthless killer you can’t help but love. While she is a skilled assassin and knows her way around weapons, part of her power gives her the ability to make others turn on themselves. R.B. Holbrook builds her characters and their world over the course of this first book with a sensory overload (in a good way) of non-stop action.”
“It was clear half-way through the book that there was a great chess game being played and only one quarter of the players knew the rules. As the book kept going, layers upon layers were being pulled back and revealed. At the end, I sat there saying, ‘Wow.'”
—Brooke Bonett, Bluestocking Guide Read full review
“Things aren’t as they appear in this debut book by R. B. Holbrook, a native of North Carolina. It’s the first in a trilogy that features members of a secret civilization who seem like regular people, except for their superior mental and physical powers. This is their ‘energy’, which they try to keep hidden but which is evident in a tattoo-like seal on their bodies.”
Holbrook has created a memorable character in Ollie. She’s a beautiful, opinionated, foul-mouthed, humorous, family-loving killer whose mother tells her, “You have a mind of your own. You have power—power people fear. Power that can do harm to others if not used appropriately. So you must show restraint.”
Readers will become invested in the characters and will be disappointed that they have to wait for the next volume to continue with their story.”