Monday, 24 February 2014

Review: The Mortal Knife by D.J. McCune

Title: The Mortal Knife
Author: D.J. MuCune
Genre: Paranormal
Series: Death & Co. #2
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: 6th February 2014

Tell Me About It
After breaking all the Lumen laws trying to stop a terrorist attack in London, Adam is looking forward to getting back to school and returning to normality. Unfortunately, fate is standing in his way, and she goes by the name of Morta.

When Adam, with the help of the sinister Luman Darian, discovers a plot to destroy his family it is up to him to intervene. Now Adam must weigh up what is most important: his friendships, school and being normal, or life as a Luman. There is only one place he can find the answers he needs. Adam must enter the Realm of the Fates and take control of a situation that is about to spiral dangerously out of control.
My Thoughts
I began reading The Mortal Knife with lot of excitement and eagerness. I really enjoyed the previous book, Death & Co. and I have been eagerly awaiting the publication of The Mortal Knife, eager to discover what would happen next for Adam and his family.

Adam has been caught after the solo gig he pulled and was grounded for entire week of school holidays. Upon returning back to school his friends are interested in the bomber, photos of the bomber and an unknown accomplice, and a new software that Spike has that is better than the police software, that they plan to use to identify this accomplice. With his school time being taken up with hoping Spike doesn't discover the identity, and his family life busy with everyone going on jobs to help the souls pass over, life has never been so busy, or dangerous for Adam.

The Mortal Knife is an interesting read, and while I don't think it does much for the story as a whole, it does give us an interesting look into the lives of the Lumen. We get a closer look into the inner workings of the Luman society, how it is run and the correct protocols. Throughout The Mortal Knife one thought was always present, how much I felt sorry for Chloe and what she has to look forward to when she is older. She is definitly considered a lesser part of this society, and although she does have a death sense, she is expected to stay at home, cook, look after the house, teach her future children the way of life, and look pretty for her future husband and for social events. She is a modern girl living in a society that still thinks women belong at home, my heart broke for the expectations she has to live up to, and even though she does like someone, there is no guarantee she will be betrothed to him, instead her marriage may possibly be for the benefit of her family.
We also get to learn more about The Fates, who they are and what their job is, even getting a first hand look at what they do, whether it benefits them or not. Adam has so much at stake in The Mortal Knife, and has to rely on a Fate for help, as well as figuring out how to stop the unnecessary deaths.

I enjoyed seeing Adams' relationship with Melissa, they have come a bit further in regards to the relationship itself, but Adam still has to tell his family about Melissa, and actually spend time with her away from school. One thing that really amused me was the plan that Spike, Dan, and Archie made to get the Beast's attentions off Melissa, and onto someone new, and I think the only thing that could have made this better would have been to see the pictures that Archie drew.

While The Mortal Knife was a great read, there are still a few things left unanswered regarding Melissa, Spike, and some new information that Adam has just discovered, and I am interested in seeing what becomes of all of this.

About D.J
Debbie (DJ) McCune was born in Belfast and grew up in Carrickfergus, a seaside town just north of the city. As a child she liked making up stories and even wrote some down, including a thriller about a stolen wallaby. At school she hated doing homework, except writing stories for English - which were long enough to make her teachers weep.

Debbie read Theology at Trinity College, Cambridge but mostly just read lots of books. She has enjoyed a varied career, but she is currently Head of Religious Studies in an Integrated Secondary School. She lives in Northern Ireland with her husband, daughter - and two cats with seven legs between them.

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