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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Review: Whisper the Dead (The Lovegrove Legacy #2)

We first met cousins Emma, Gretchen and Penelope in A Breath of Frost. Debutantes in Regency England, they are also all Lovegroves and therefore members of one of England's oldest witch families. In the first book, the focus was on Emma. Now we turn to Gretchen.

Feisty, fun and unbelievably frustrated at always having to act like a lady, Gretchen chafes at the demands of high society. She's smart, resourceful, full of opinions and not afraid to share them — basically, she's more than a match for any nobleman. She's also coming to terms with the discovery that she's a 'Whisperer'; not only can she detect spells but she can also hear centuries' worth of witches whispering spells in her head.

So when dark magic is once again unleashed in London, it's up to Gretchen to use her talents to find out what spells are being cast, who's casting them, and what their purpose is. The only problem is that she's under constant surveillance by the Order of the Iron Nail, and the Keeper assigned to watch her is the unrelentingly severe Tobias Lawless. He would be unbearable if he wasn't so good-looking!

This is developing into a great series. Alyxandra Harvey is a talented writer with a knack for creating engaging characters and fast-paced plots. If you enjoy your witches, warlocks and all things magical spiced with a fair measure of romance and period detail, the Lovegrove Legacy could be just what you're looking for!

Title: Whisper the Dead (The Lovegrove Legacy #2)
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Bloomsbury, $12.99 RRP
Publication Date: October 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781408854839
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult

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