Review: The Web

The Web by Megan Chance

3 stars

Read from April 16-18, 2017

Synopsis: In Victorian New York, seventeen-year-old Grace Knox is tangled in the web of an ancient prophecy.

The Fianna, legendary Irish warriors, have been magically called from their undying sleep to aid Ireland in its rebellion against Britain. But the Fianna have awakened in New York alongside their bitter enemies, the Fomori. A prophecy demands that a Druid priestess—a veleda—must choose between these two sides. Grace is this veleda.

But being the veleda means she must sacrifice her power—and her life—to her choice. On one side are her fiancé, Patrick Devlin, and the Fomori. On the other are the Fianna—and the warrior Diarmid Ua Duibhne, with whom Grace shares an undeniable connection. Patrick has promised to find a way to save her life. In three months, at the ancient ritual, Diarmid must wield the knife that kills her.

Grace doesn’t know whom to trust. As dark forces converge on the city, she struggles to discover the truth about her power. Can she change her own destiny? Can she escape the shadows of the past and reach for a future she could never have imagined?

Bookish Things: 384 pages. The cover is rather beautiful and goes well with the other book in the Fianna Trilogy. I have already read and reviewed book #1, The Shadows.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $6.09

My Review:

The web is the second book in the Fianna trilogy, and despite it being a more mature book in writing style (yay for author growth!) it does suffer from book 2 syndrome. Despite quite a lot happening, the reader learns very little in this book and is almost at the same point they were at the end of book 1.

The main benefit of having read The Web is that you get a richer look at the characters. A little growth occurs with some of the key players, but it’s mainly a lot of action with little substance. Not that that is a bad thing, just not really necessary.

The writing flowed well, the pace frantic, and sweeps the readers upon the crazy along with Grace, Patrick, Aidan and Derry.

I am quite pleased about the progress with supporting characters in this book, although Lucy irritates me to no end and Rose needs to grow a backbone.

The Irish folklore and legend was a little lighter touch this time, but it worked with the story and characters. A good mix.

I am still keen to read book 3, if for no other reason than to see where things end for Grace. I have some ideas of where things are going, we’ll see if they come true soon.

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

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