Early Review – Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell #4) by Jenn Bennett

May 2, 2014 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2014 2 Comments

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early Review – Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell #4) by Jenn BennettBanishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett
Series: Arcadia Bell #4
Published by Pocket Books on May 27, 2014
Pages: 384
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: Binding the Shadows, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

four-stars

The fourth and final installment of a "riveting" (RT Book reviews) urban fantasy series about a renegade mage and the demons who love her.

Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell's life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who's not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady's body. Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, Cady must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it. Fast. As she and her lover Lon embark on a dangerous journey through her magical past, Lon's teenage son Jupe sneaks off for his own investigation. Each family secret they uncover is darker than the last, and Cady, who has worn many identities—Moonchild, mage, fugitive—is about to add one more to the list.

Arcadia Bell Series

Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell #1) {Purchase}
Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell #2) {Purchase}
Leashing the Tempest (Arcadia Bell #2.5) {Purchase}
Binding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell #3) {Purchase – My Review}

Banishing the Dark picks up weeks after the explosive ending in Binding the Shadows. Cady is back at home after recuperating in the hospital but there is still much to be concerned about, primarily her violent mother who will stop at nothing to take Cady’s powers. In an attempt to protect Cady and her loved ones, a memory spell is cast that ends up causing even more problems. It’s a race against the clock to find out reverse the spells performed on Cady as a child, before her entire life is taken from her.

I wouldn’t have thought it possible that by the fourth installment the character growth would continue to dig in deep making me love these characters even more and have them ranking right up there with my all-time favorite characters. Lon is such an amazing male lead and ranks right up there with Curran as one of the very best in Urban Fantasy. Cady is such a realistic and strong female lead that I love just as much as Kate Daniels and Kara Gillian. There was also an added bonus with the writing where dual POV’s were used: Cady and Jupe. Jupe has always been a favorite character of mine because of his crazy antics so it was enjoyable seeing a part of the story through his eyes.

The Arcadia Bell series has easily become one of my all-time favorite Urban Fantasy series. And now it’s time to say goodbye.

What I loved most about this one was how everything was sufficiently wrapped up yet didn’t have that perfect cherry on top sort of finish. There were still slight issues that the characters were dealing with and issues that they anticipated having to deal with in the future. They didn’t have a perfect fairytale ending but they did have a satisfying ending and I loved that. While I would not complain about more installments, I must say that in retrospect this was the perfect time to end it. There weren’t so many loose ends to tie up that Banishing the Dark turned into one major info-dump to answer all ongoing questions which is an issue I have with many series enders.

Many bloggers that had the opportunity to read this early were not aware going into it that this was to be the final installment. I was glad to be warned ahead of time but it didn’t make the goodbyes any less sad. All I can say is, as much as I’d love to read more of Cady’s story I can respect the authors decision to end it when she knows it’s right. Cady and Lon and Jupe will all be missed but there’s always re-reads. 🙂

One final note I couldn’t resist mentioning… I got my first review blurb published! It’s in this book and it’s a blurb from the third installment, Binding the Shadows.

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2 Responses to “Early Review – Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell #4) by Jenn Bennett”

  1. Heidi

    I still have to read book four before hitting this one. I thought the first book was a bit slow, but the second got better. I like series that continue to get better and I am glad she ended it at the right time instead of letting it drag out and go stale.
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    • Bonnie

      Yes, I am glad as well but am sad to see a great series go! I also agree, the first book was very slow. Took me forever to get around to the next one but this series did get better with each installment. 🙂
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