Scarlet Rain: The Escaped (Book 2)
by Kristin Cast
“In Amber Smoke, Kristin Cast introduced her legions of readers to Alek and Eva. Alek, immortal son of the furies, has been charged to save his home and recapture the souls of the damned, evil creatures who escaped Tartarus into the Mortal Realm. He can’t, however, do it alone…
Eva has discovered that she has been both blessed and cursed with powers beyond her comprehension. With a destiny to fulfill, she cannot escape the beings who will stop at nothing to destroy her.
Now, in Scarlet Rain, the Nosoi – spirits of a plague – have been unleashed on the Mortal Realm, releasing a pandemic as clever and adaptable as it is insidious. Alek and Eva must capture and banish the Nosoi back to their Underworld prison – but Eva has yet to harness the abilities needed to defeat such a powerful enemy, and Alek sustains catastrophic wounds in the attempt. They must rely on detective James Graham and Eva’s best friend Bridget, if they are to even slow down the plague. But can mere mortals come through in the face of such overwhelming peril?”
I read Amber Smoke last week in preparation for Scarlet Rain coming out, I thought it was coming out in June, but then saw it was out actually last week! So, I knew the story of Amber Smoke, but nothing else about it. I think you need to have read Amber Smoke first, otherwise you are thrown straight in, and not much is explained.
Eva and Alek are recovering in Tartarus, when something happens on Earth. People are going crazy attacking others then dying and their faces are exploding! Detective James is in the middle of trying to work out what is happening when he realised that it might be linked to Eva’s disappearing act, and he visits the one other person that knows anything. Eva goes back to Earth and finds Bridget, while Alek (unknown to Eva) goes back and ends up with Detective James.
My favourite part was all of it, I was totally engrossed from the first word! It got me hooked the whole way through, I was completely guessing was going to happen and the pacing was great. It kept me going through all the emotions, there were several places where I was shocked and tense, I was sad, happy, pretty much everything. There was one point where I thought I was going to cry, but because of the pacing I did not. Just a warning of some pretty visual sexual scenes.
Alek and Eva were my favourite characters, followed very quickly by Bridget, the Maiden and Detective James. All the characters are so real. Alek’s and Eva’s characters are developing really well, I love the dynamics between them and between them and others. Detective James grew on me in this book, I think he will grow on me even more in future books. The Maiden took more of a backseat in this book, but I love the parts that she is in, it’s almost like a light has been switched on in a dark room when she in the scene. Bridget has developed as a character as well, although not as much as Alek and Eva, I still love her though.
Scarlet Rain did end on a cliffhanger, this is because it is the second book of a series that is in the process of being written and we have no news of when the next book will be published as of this moment.
Scarlet Rain is a book that is great for people who like mythology-fantasy fiction, but even though it is a young adult fiction book I think adults will enjoy it. 5 out 5.