Goodread’s Synposis: Locked away inside the fortified walls of Oxford’s St Wilfred’s College, surrounded by alchemists sworn to protect them, Taylor and Sacha are safe from the Darkness. For now.
But time is short. In seven days Sacha will turn 18, and the ancient curse that once made him invincible will kill him, unleashing unimaginable demonic horror upon the world.
There is one way to stop it.
Taylor and Sacha must go to where the curse was first cast – the medieval French city of Carcassonne – and face the demons.
The journey will be dangerous. And monsters are waiting for them.
But as Darkness descends on Oxford, their choice is stark. They must face everything that scares them, or lose everything they love.
Author: C.J Daughtery and Carina Rozenfeld
Title: The Secret City
I was so excited when I saw The Secret City had been released that I immediately went and bought it – which for me is unusual. I re-read The Secret Fire beforehand, which only increased my eagerness to read this book.
It did not disappoint. The characters and their relationships developed, powers got stronger, the danger became more deadly and there was the real sense of time running out, not just for Sacha, but for the entire world.
Sacha was still my favourite character throughout this book and was really prepared to fight to survive this time, losing some of his attitude along the way, which only increased how much of a bad-ass he is!
Taylor, however, was the one who truly grew as she discovered what she was capable of and the consequences of her powers – such as how easy it would be to kill. What impressed me was that there was no attempt to make Taylor all-powerful – half the time, she couldn’t control her gift and had more chance destroying everything than helping.
It was up to Taylor to save the world. That meant there were times where there needed to be more of a balance between the characters and give Sacha the chance to shine rather than being in the background.
The developing relationships had me squealing. I really hoped that Taylor and Sacha would embrace how they felt about each other. But seeing the softer side of Louisa as well added so much depth to her character, and made later events have that much more of an impact.
The tension increased dramatically in this book. The physical race across France to reach a lost city and find a hidden room while being pursued kept me hooked – you never knew what they were going to come across or if their powers were going to be enough.
While the first book was Taylor and Sacha discovering they were different, the second book was all about saving the world – a huge leap that was made realistic by the characters having the odd break-down here and there. Who wouldn’t when faced with a zombie type creature trying to kill you?
Apart from wanting more Sacha, I loved this book. If you’re looking for demons, magic and an end-of-the-world type battle, give this book a go!