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Book Reviews & Reader Comments:
I absolutely adored the first book of the Paradox series, The Angels Are Here, and naturally had to pick up the second one as soon as soon as it was available in the Amazon UK store. Progeny of Innocence was an even more amazing, wicked read than The Angels Are Here.
The novel begins with a brief account of the background story and is narrated by Juliette. Juliette is an old soul reborn in the body of a young girl, Grace. In the first book, Grace was just a girl, now she’s a 16-year-old teenager who’s plagued by visions she doesn’t understand even though she desperately tries to put the pieces of the puzzle together in order to find out who Juliette really was and what exactly happened to her world.
I could feel the spark between Grace and Damon, though I’m not yet sure whether he’s good or bad.
One of my favorite characters was Keyla, who is a secondary character and the bearer of magic of the ancient race, Bakhna Rakhna. There was some sort of mystery surrounding her and I can’t wait to find out what her story and role is in the ancient battle between the angel houses.
All in all, this was such an amazing, well-written read I thoroughly enjoyed and can only recommend. I’m astounded by the writer’s imagination, the rich writing and beautiful prose as well as the intrinsic plot. If you’re hesitating, get the sample first. I’m pretty sure you won’t be able to put it down.
Who was your second favorite character and why? I like Damon Draco because although he ‘appears’ to be on the wrong side, there does appear to be some good in him. I’m not convinced that he is really a Grigorian.
Is there a particular evil character that you love to hate? Theria – I think she is truly evil and dangerous. A very nasty piece of work.
What part of the book did you enjoy the most? The Ancient world or The New World? I like the New World with Grace living the here and now.
What characters did you like the least? Tony and Eric, I know they had been turned but they were obnoxious anyway.
Who or What are you hoping to read more about in future books in the series? I’d like to see Grace/Juliette develop, what will happen with her and Damon. Also where Riley fits in to the relationship. How the worlds all fit together and interrelate. And of course I want good to overcome evil…. Jane.
The Reading List Megan’s Q & A
Did you have a favorite character and if so why?
My favorite character is probably Grace. She’s progressed a lot in the second book. She’s lost a lot of her child-like naivety and is slowly coming to terms with the fact that she is having visions and trying to understand what those visions mean.
Who was your second favorite character and why?
I can’t decide between Angela and Damon. I want to learn more about Angela and her presence in Grace’s life. She and Grace are close friends but I also get the feeling that Angela is protecting Grace. I really like Damon as well. He’s Grigorian, but there’s something about him that’s different from the others. It’s obvious that he genuinely cares about Grace and has a connection with Juliette.
What part of the book did you enjoy the most? The Ancient world or The New World?
The Ancient world is very magical and mysterious, but the New World isn’t without its sense of mystery. Since they tie in so closely it’s hard for me to pick just one. Despite the war, it seems like a breathtakingly beautiful place.
What parts of the storyline or characters did you like the least?
When the book was over… I wanted to read more!
Who or What are you hoping to read more about in future books in the series?
I am looking forward to learning more about Keyla, Temulun and Bakari and their role in the fight against the Grigorians. The ending was such a cliffhanger! I can’t wait to find out how Damon and Juliette know each other.
The Paradox Series continues in Progeny of Innocence. The second book in the young adult series by Patti Roberts takes off where the first book left off. The ancient world is in the middle of an all out war. The fallen angels, the Grigorians, are fighting their angel brethren, the Bulguardians, and things are only getting worse. Chaos is still rampant under Grigorian Lord Cerberus’, house; however he is last to notice as his wife, Pandora, and his brother Abaddon scheme against him.
Meanwhile, Temulun and Bakari, a servant and a guard in the royal house, must help the strange newcomer, Keyla, discover her heritage and master her abilities. The young girl might be the only way they can put an end to the Grigorians once and for all.
In modern day Australia, Grace has grown into a shy, quiet teenager who is about to turn 17. Her father’s death still weighs heavily on her mind and she struggles with it almost every day. Grace tries to hold it together and keep up the appearance of being a normal teenager but she feels anything but. Her visions have only continued to get worse and she’s still not quite sure what they mean.
Grace is also anxious to meet the right person and fall in love and the dashingly handsome Damon Draco seems like her prince charming. Sure, she has an odd flashback when she first meets him, but she is inexplicably drawn to him. For once in a long time, things are starting to look up. That is, until some of her neighbors and classmates begin to go missing; their bodies to be found later, mauled and mangled by what looks to be a vicious animal.
It is only a matter of time before the Grigorians catch up to Grace, but how long can she manage to hide if she doesn’t even realize she’s being hunted?
I enjoy this series mainly because it is a fresh take on the idea of angels and good versus evil. The plotline is very unique in that it’s never been done before and yet it works so well.
Progeny of Innocence delves deeper into the ancient world and the lives of the Grigorian royal family. Roberts truly has a gift for writing that is evident from page one. I love it when can you read what an author’s written and you almost feel like you’re being transported to another world just by reading the words on a page.
There are a number of new characters introduced in the second book, including more Grigorians who are getting closer to finding Grace on earth during modern day. We’re also introduced to Bakari, Temulun and Keyla. A trio who I have a feeling will play an intricate part for the battle for good in the future. Keyla is part of an ancient race of people called the Bakhna Rakhna who were almost killed off during The Great War. There are also some implications that Keyla can use magic, a skill that I am sure will be useful in the near future.
There is more attention on the secondary characters; including Angela, who along with Grace, is one of my favorite characters. Angela’s wit tends to add comedic relief to the storyline even if she doesn’t intend to.
Damon also caught my interest. I’m not entirely sure about his motives yet, but he seems to genuinely like Grace. I have a feeling that he and Grace’s relationship will face some bumps further down the road especially as Grace begins to learn about who and what she is.
Some of my suspicions about Wade and a few of the other characters are also confirmed in the second book but I don’t want to give too much away.
I really liked how Roberts handled his character. Too often I’ve read stories where the same situation didn’t work so well. I’m purposefully being vague since I’m trying really hard not to spoil the book.
Another thing that I enjoyed about this novel was Grace’s relationships with the other characters; Wade, Zach and Angela in particular. There are a number of scenes between Grace and Wade that are so adorable and also remind me of the some kind of close relationship that Grace had with her father, Brian. Although he can never replace her father, Wade has become a vital part of Grace’s life.
Progeny of Innocence also has a lot more action and suspense than the first book. Between the “wild animals” that are attacking Grace’s friends and a number of showdowns between the angels, there’s enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat and anxious to find out what will happen next.
In the third book, I think Grace will finally discover her purpose to the angels and their world and I plan on being there for the ride.
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I am ever grateful that she gave it to me because this glorious first installment in her story has left me desperate for more. I am truly glad that I don’t have to wait too long for Paradox: Progeny of Innocence.
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