Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.
Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly criss-crossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.
There is something about what happened to Ethan last summer that he can’t quite remember. More importantly however Lena seems to be growing away from him and nothing he does seems to be making any difference. But when everything goes totally pair shaped for him he knows that no matter what he loves Lena and he will do anything to get her back.
He doesn’t quite realise just exactly how much he is letting himself in for. He is about to meet more dangerous creatures from the Caster world, learn that the people he knows not just know much more about his secret life than he thought but are linked to and that maybe there is more to his life than being an average kid from Gatlin.
It isn’t just his life however that is about to change forever.
The reason I enjoy these books is because I find them very easy to read. I don’t like books where the language is too complicated and this doesn’t have that. Another good thing about it was although there was almost a point where the typical love triangle or teen fiction that has become common could have appeared it didn’t. I feel it is something that comes up in too many books now and I was glad it didn’t happen in this one.
As for the actual plot of this book there was a lot going on. He was trying to find Lena and work out what was going on with her but he was also learning about himself and more about the caster world too. I think some people may find it has a little too much at once but I didn’t mind it too much. The over all aim of the series was still there and it is more that which interests me.
I think my favourite bit was the ending though. I like that there was a little bit of normality after the paranormal world of the tunnels. I also found it almost a little comical with some of the events. The set up for book three was also very subtly introduced and I am interested to see how things work out for all the characters more that just with Lena and her mother.