Tuesday, 12 July 2016

St. Blair: Sybille's Reign (St. Blair #2) by Emily W. Skinner

Synopsis

St. Blair: Sybille's ReignTwenty-four hours earlier the world was a pristine, productive, demon-free society and Sybille Malone an unknown Region One Fabric Counsel designer.

Global Good's curator and guardian of banished relics warehoused in the Arctic Region, Eston Cote, needs to act fast. As Global Good's North Quad leader, he must prepare his colleagues in the other three Quadrants of the world for something they have never known... warfare.
Celestial warfare. A fight for souls.
Eston has discovered Sybille's connection to a chain of supernatural events that not only caused planetary earthquakes, but unleashed the Holy Warrior St. Michael the Archangel and his enemies. Michael's sole mission is to defend Sybille's calling, slaying the hounds of hell who threaten to possess the citizens of her world.
Divinely foreseen and journaled by 21st century teenager St. Blair, Sybille's only hope of reining in the evil she unleashed on September 14, 2202, is to follow the directives of Blair and the saints before the demonic possessions outnumber the innocents.
The St. Blair series is author Emily Skinner's first YA series.
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Review

*** Gifted in exchange for an honest review ***
The first book in this series intrigued me and ended up on a cliffhanger and I think that there was so much going on I would have been better off recapping the first book, as I was quite confused who the sub-characters were, Of course I knew who Sybille was, but the Saints and 'spirits' had me thinking... who were they again?
At the end of Book 1 the Demons attacked - and at the beginning of this book we have Sybile and Eston the Global Good's curator and guardian of banished relics warehoused in the Arctic Region, heading for the base where the strange light is bursting through to the heavens...
The supernatural event caused earthquakes, but we now have Michael the Archangel ato help defend the world, although no one understands who or what the demons are due to Global Good turning the human race into mindless shift workers!
This book was at times hard to follow, but has a lot of underlying messages that the reader can take or ignore - are we heading for disaster? our world is vastly over populated, and there are plenty of atrocities being created... the book has a religious undertone but that is not specifically thrust upon the reader.
By the end of the book we the world has turned back to god, the epilogue was a bit of a disappointment, it read more like an obituary in a paper, succinct and to the point.
I gave this book 3 stars because I think its a unique story that shows how if the christian faith was forgotten in the future, and then by chance the world was introduced to it once again... how would the world and its people interpreted it. The author has a expressive style, but the story for me got a tad confusing in the times when a lot was going on, I couldn't remember who the characters were or what they were there to do.
over all I think you will either get this series or you won't and with that either love it nor hate it.
I had high hopes for this series after book 1 but I think in the end it gave me a predictable ending and in a way was disappointed.
The formatting probably had a bit to do with it - being an arc it wasn't formatted yet and did not flow well, and I do think that hindered my reading of the story.

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