Envy (Fury Trilogy) by Elizabeth Miles
|Envy (Fury Trilogy) by Elizabeth Miles|
|Reviewer: Jill Murphy|
|Summary: Enjoyable follow-up to a paranormal series invoking the Greek myth. The Furies have a new target in Skylar but they haven't finished with Em yet, either. The plot relies a little too heavily on nobody telling anyone else anything, even when they should, but even so, this series has a distinctive voice to offer fans of this overheated genre.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 400||Date: August 2012|
|Publisher: Simon & Schuster|
|External links: Author's website|
Spring is coming to Ascension and, despite everything that happened in Fury, Em knows that the Furies will be back. With Drea's help, she fully intends to defeat them - only then will she be able to tell JD how she really feels about him. But the Furies are stronger than Em has realised. She's finding it hard to fit back in with Gabby and her old friends and she carries a dark feeling that she can't quite shake. JD isn't speaking to her and Crow, an Ascension high school dropout, seems to show up wherever she goes.
Meanwhile, Skylar, a new girl in town, sets about making new friends in an attempt to forget her painful childhood and the crisis that led her to Ascension...
I didn't enjoy Envy quite as much as I enjoyed Fury. The plot relies a little too heavily on nobody telling anyone else anything, even when they should. There's a bit too much in the way of wardrobe discussion and endless outfitting bores me. And while Skylar's story - one of sibling envy and romantic desperation - explains this, we still have a book that's moving away from the classical tragedy of Fury into the direction of a modern high school romance. It's purely personal preference, but it's not a direction that suits me.
Even so, there's still a lot to like here, especially for fans of the paranormal genre. Just as with Fury, the punishments meted out to sinners in Ascension is way beyond the intent behind the mistakes they have made. The Furies are random, unjust, and cruel, and they seize upon one mistake - a mistake repented, too - to wreak catastrophic revenge on the unfortunate victim. There's no sense of just deserts in these books and I like that. It's a distinctive tone in an overheated genre. The plot arc involving Emily moves on too, and in an unexpected way - unless you like the Greek myths and noticed the little clues left for you in the first book.
Quite how Emily will move forward now, I'm not sure. But I'm looking forward to finding out!
You might also like A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton, an enjoyable paranormal romance with a rather gorgeous love interest and a young witch with some impressive control over the elements. Or Heaven by Christoph Marzi, a much more interesting urban faerie story than many on the shelves.
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