The co-author of the New York Times bestselling House of Night series returns with the mesmerizing second book in The Escaped series.
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 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?
Praise for SCARLET RAIN:
"One of the greatest paranormal books in a while, Scarlet Rain’s characters are incredibly well developed and its plot is explosive. You’ll be up all night reading this thrilling story."—RT Book Reviews
Praise for AMBER SMOKE:
“With a unique twist on Greek mythology and heart-stopping action, AMBER SMOKE keeps you riveted to the very last page.” —#1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout
“With the perfect mix of thrills and chills, along with characters who pop off the page and a gripping plot, this explosive new series is perfect for any Hunger Games and Divergent fans.” —RT BOOK REVIEWS
“AMBER SMOKE is thrilling and funny with just the right amount of magic. Brilliant!” —Kresley Cole, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
“In AMBER SMOKE, Cast’s wit, creativity and talent shine! I turned the pages at lightning speed, ready for more! What a tasty treat!” —Gena Showalter, NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author
Those intrepid enough to attempt Cast's second Escaped novel (after Amber Smoke) will not be rewarded for their efforts. Eva, the modern-day Oracle of Delphi, and Alek, the immortal son of the Furies, must stop the evil Nosoi's insidious plot to escape the Underworld and destroy humankind. Eva cannot visit Alek in Tartarus for long, and he needs to leave the mortal realm whenever he's injured, so they must rely on help from Bridget, a friend of Eva's; James, the Oklahoma cop Bridget's sleeping with; and Alek's mothers, two of whom ceaselessly bicker. The leads lack chemistry and are rarely able to spend time together, removing any hope of relationship development. Cast's transparent efforts to set up the plot and then tie everything together do pay off at the end, but until then, the obvious foreshadowing, inconsistent pacing, and awkward dialogue turn reading this short novel into a slog.