The Lady Agnès Mystery - Volume 2: The Divine Blood and Combat of Shadows
Author: Andrea Japp
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Gallic Books
Release Date: August 17, 2015
Source: Netgalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Agnès de Souarcy has survived the medieval Inquisition, but remains in grave danger. Her protectors must battle with powerful enemies.
"Five women, in the centre the sixth" are the enigmatic words foretelling Agnès's destiny. But will she fulfill the role that has been prophesied?
My Review: This story picks up where the first novel left off. Lady Agnes has escaped the French Inquisition, however she finds out that she is still in danger. Due to the prophecy that involves her, her enemies seek to get rid of her. Her allies who seek to protect her are determined to find out who wants to harm her at all cost. In order to protect all she holds dear, Agnes must figure out how to play her role in the prophecy.
Even though Lady Agnes has survived the Inquisition, she still has scars that she is trying to heal. When she tries to start her life anew, she learns that there is still trouble amidst. I find Lady Agnes to be a very strong person. She seeks to find happiness and love. She is also not afraid of fighting like a man to save those she loves. Because of this, she is a strong heroine. However, I also pitied her because of the sadness she experienced in the first book. I wanted Lady Agnes to find her happy ending.
Overall, this book is a fast-paced action thriller. It is an historical epic with a complex plot and a large cast of characters that reminds me a little bit of the Game of Thrones series. This book does resolve the mystery in the first novel. There are more secrets in this book that are revealed. The novel ends in a cliffhanger, and I am pretty certain that there will be at least one more book in this series. I did feel that there were times that this story was drawn out. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this novel, and I am interested in reading the next book in this series. Even though this novel can be read as a standalone, I suggest that you read the first book first so you can have an emotional attachment to the characters. I recommend this series to those who love mysteries and historical epics.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars