The Book of Unwinding
(Witches of New Orleans #2)
by J.D. Horn
Release date: June 26th, 2018
I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Book of Unwinding (Witches of New Orleans #2) by J.D. Horn from NetGalley and 47North in order to read and give an honest review.
After reading and reviewing The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans), the first in the series from Author J.D. Horn, I find although I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as the first, I still found it to be a fantastic entry in the series.
As I mentioned in my review of book one, J.D. Horn has graced us with such strong, unique and multifaceted characters which you easily connect with, and this book was no exception. I love his ability to depict strong, flawed and resilient characters, especially the way his female characters come across. In this book, as with the last, there are quite a few characters and I appreciated the character list included at the beginning for a handy reference. Those who survived the last book are present and we also see the return of a certain feisty feline.
The story opens months after the massacre that occurs in The King of Bones and Ashes. Magic is still dwindling and the hunt is on for the Book of Unwinding. We learn of Alice’s time on Dreaming Road and Daniel’s battle to get her back. Natalie is learning more about her abilities and coming into her own. A serial killer is revealed when the author reveals the gruesome details of “The Dollhouse”. Fleur holds a dinner party where a secret Manon has been hiding from Lisette is revealed and we get front row seats for the fallout that ensues. We also follow Evangeline as she struggles to cope with what she has become as well as meet a few new characters who will play an important role in the future books I am sure. My only issue in this book is some events seem to be drawn out and often it felt like too much was going on…it often lacked breathing room.
Sacred texts, warring witches, feisty felines, bitchy birds and hidden realms are again rampant in this entry and frankly, I loved it! I can’t wait to see where some of the continuing plots lead us. I recommend reading book one before this one, in my opinion, it wouldn’t make a great standalone. I recommend this to anyone looking for something that is unique and engrossing. I’m looking forward to reading the next in this series.