Creative, unique, dark, twisty and a whole slew of other adjectives, Jill Archer’s unique apocalyptic vision is incredible. In this junior (3rd) installment; White Heart of Justice, you’d expect some author slump, because every good author can and does have a lot to say in the first novel maybe even the second, but by the third, they’ve run out of steam, they’re under pressure from editors and publishers, they didn’t live with the story for years fine tuning it before getting published, etc. But not Jill Archer. Does it have the finesse and complexity of the first two? Nope. But it doesn’t matter, mostly, because she’s just that good. The prologue…ah, the prologue, like a gritty rum on the tongue, demanding, powerful, full-flavored and utterly destructive.
There are several layers to the word “wow”. There’s a shocked, momentary scare, “WOW!” There’s the, oh my God what a perfect, thoughtful, gift “Wow!” And then there’s the, I’m speechless and reverently in awe, “wow”…like the first time you see your children after birth kind of wow. That last wow? I reserve for miracles and writers like Jill Archer. Her prologue in this story hit me like that, a gut punch, no breath left, kind of wow. I spent the entire novel compulsively reading, racing to the finish to see what would happen to Ari. And you know what? I need to go back and sip next time; I have book hangover. Yep she left me with book post-traumatic stress. Shocked, stunned, amazed, and doubting what happened, the best kind of finish to an installment in any series. Why? So you come back, silly! If you want a gut punch kind of fantasy, Jill Archer is your “IT” girl.
- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ace (May 27, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425257177
- ISBN-13: 978-0425257173