Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
Psychologist Madeleine LeBlanc is desperate to escape the madness that has followed her family for a century. She’s struggling to adjust to her new-found power and to stick to the pact that protects her sanity.
But an innocent little boy is being hunted—by Madeleine’s half brother and her great-grandmother, Chloe, and by the demons they control. The boy is a threat to their bloodline, to their very nature, but Madeleine cannot let his young life be callously destroyed.
Thrust into an age-old battle of dark versus light, Madeleine dives deep into the history of her family and into the vast paranormal underworld of New Orleans, a world seemingly controlled by her great-grandmother.
The only way to stop Chloe lies past the tangled bridge that could lead to great power…or total destruction.
I read the first book in this series, The Twisted Ladder, earlier and needed to let it sit and percolate for a bit before I was ready to move to this one. It was a long book, jumped around between timelines and introduced a lot of information – it was a lot to take in. The good news is that things have settled down somewhat, this second book expands on the first and adds new things. The bad news? You have to have read the first book to understand a lot of what’s going on and there are places the second book feels like it’s bitten off a little too much story to tell.
In The Twisted Ladder, Madeleine learned that the psychosis that her family seemed to suffer from was really a paranormal ability to control other people’s minds and bodies (pigeonry) and enter the briar with their river devils in an out of body experience. I was just a tiny bit fuzzy on all of it, I have to say. I thought the river devils answered to or were only with the people in Madeleine’s family, but there were more running around wreaking havoc here. My scalp started begging to be itched as I dived into the story.