Series: Salem's Revenge #2
Published on October 1st, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dark, Dark Fantasy, Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Friendship, Paranormal, Supernatural, Thriller, Violence, Witches, Young Adult
"The Walking Dead for teens, with ruthless witches instead of bloodthirsty zombies.” --Katie Reed, agent at Andrea Hurst & Associates
Revenge. That’s all that’s left for witch hunter Rhett Carter. The magic-born have stripped everything from him—killed his friends, cursed his warlock father, shattered his future—leaving him bare and broken, but not dead. Their mistake.
When Rhett and Laney are suddenly thrust in different directions, Rhett must decide who to trust and who to kill. Backed by his trusty canine sidekick Hex, Rhett will embark on his deadliest mission yet, one that will lead him directly toward those who want him dead, pushing his unique resistance to magic to the edge and back again as he tries to remove his father’s curse.
Separated from Rhett, Laney seeks to understand the strange changes to her sister, Trish, who’s believed to be the last living Clairvoyant, and what role she’s destined to play in the future of humankind.
Wrapped around everything are four major groups: the Necromancers, the Changelings, the witch hunters, and New America, the remnants of humanity. When the major forces are brought together for an epic battle, the fate of the world hangs in the balance
Please note: There is a review for Brew (Salem’s Revenge #1) written by Dre.
Ah, well let me start by saying that I am a HUGE fan of David Estes. My love first began with The Dweller and Country saga, and now I’m beginning on this new spectacular journey. Boil is the second installment of David’s new series, Salem’s Revenge. I was very hopeful and have been awaiting these books for quite some time. This series really does have the same vibes as The Walking Dead – but with less gore/horror and with witches instead of zombies. I really enjoyed the first book, and this was also an equally entertaining read. This time around instead of just Rhett’s point of view (the main character) we also get Laney and Trish’s. This I found was a very nice change which made the book come together quite nicely. I found that it was easier to grow attached to the other characters when I was placed in their shoes – something I love about David’s work is his brilliant ability make the reader feel just about everything that the character is experiencing.
“She drops to the ground, pulling me with her, and her body starts to shake.
And that’s when I hear it – her sobs.
And she shakes and she cries, her tears streaming like swollen rivers, and I just hold her as it starts to rain.”
Now that scene hurt me, but I loved the beauty of it. Gah, I’m sure this won’t be the last time Estes makes me want to vomit with feels.
I liked how it picked up right where the first one left off. It was a great transition. We continue to see the bad ass foursome: Rhett, Laney, Trish and the magical-wonder dog Hex as they continue their mission on making the world witch free. Their journey is not easy – oh no, was it ever? All four character face many hurdles in their expedition to get to New Washington – pretty much the base of what’s left of America’s government.
Laney easily became my favorite character – she was the light of the book I think, her attitude and witty dialogue had me smirking which made me feel more in depth with who she was more so than I ever thought I’d be. The characters evolved with the story which I loved seeing – they grew closer and relied on each other emotionally, physically and mentally. Throughout the story, there are many life lessons to be learnt. Rhett matures greatly in book two, he even later discovers that revenge is less important than the lives of his friends. He developed and became someone bigger than he already was. There are many emotional parts of this book, as well as some pretty hilarious ones as well. It was a great mixture that Estes mastered well.
I loved the elements of the story; plot, back story, most of the characters – however, I sometimes felt like some of the characters and dialogue were a little to cheesy for me? I would have liked to see the book be more mature and dark (I mean we have killer witches and dead bodies all over) – the characters of The End (a witch hunter gang) made me feel a little bit uneasy. They just seemed to come off as a bit childish to me. Not that it matters much, I just enjoy a good, twisted setting and enemy. On the contrary, I must admit I grew up watching slasher, horror, murder, psychological, and thriller movies and I’ve even read some pretty hefty books – namely some from Stephen King, so perhaps my creep factor is set to high (I’m pretty much numb towards horror things now) – this very well may have just been my own personal feeling, I’m sure it is. In the end this minor flaw did not affect my love for the book, it just put a damper on a tiny portion of the apocalyptic setting. This is my only complaint.
I cannot stress enough how much I love David’s writing. It’s easy to be entranced by the story as his writing and craftsmanship with words instantly pull you in, the series is fresh and unique – and, not to mention it’s perfect for the good old Halloween mood!
The book held my attention, the world building still continues to be amazing and David takes care to flesh out the plots and makes sure all dots are connected. Overall it was a excellent sequel to Brew. This series – or anything written by David Estes I do, and forever will recommend because he never fails to offer a new and unique tale that will not disappoint. I simply cannot wait to see where the characters go from here in the third installment, which I’m sure will be excellent and just as entertaining as Brew and Boil have been!