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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Snakeroot (Nightshade Legacy, #1)
Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Source: Purchased
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Fans asked for it, and now they've got it!
Andrea Cremer is continuing the story she began in in her internationally bestselling trilogy: Nightshade, Wolfsbane and Bloodrose.
Bosque Mar haunts the dreams of both Adne and Logan, trying to escape for the Nether, where Calla, Shay and the other Guardians trapped him in the final battle in the War of All Against All...
Will he turn Adne to the dark side? Will Logan reclaim his birthright? And will darkness take over our world?

After Bloodrose, I was hesitant to read this book, but I found it better than I could have ever hoped for. It’s a captivating book with an incredible set of characters and an even more intriguing storyline. I loved every minute I spent reading it, and I don’t have a moment of regret that I picked this book up.

And is a badass, stellar young woman who struggles in this book against darkness that threatens to claim her. She’s always known exactly who she is, but now, she’s fighting alone against forces she doesn’t understand. Still, I really fell in love with her. Anne’s strong, and she’s not going to give in so easily.

Connor is still the same character I loved in the Nightshade series, with his quips that often lighten the mood. But now we really get to see that his character is actually a lot deeper than it first appears. He struggles with his relationship with Adne, as well as the fact that he wants to protect her but she won’t let herself be protected.

I love Ren. This is no secret to those who know me well. He has an attitude, and he has his own agenda more than just following the one that was set for him. He works as well as he can to mess with Logan’s plan, and he struggles with the fact that he can’t do everything he wants to. But he’s not giving up so easily, either.
I adore Sabine, but she’s unrecognizable from the girl we met in the Nightshade books. She’s strong, confident, and finally knows who she is. She’s protective and strong, and knows the extent of her ability to help.
The moment I met Sarah, I knew I’d be able to relate to her, and I was right. She’s a grieving woman who misses her son, and I found her pain perfectly understandable. She wants to do anything to get him back, and in the process forgets who she is. Like any grieving person, though, she eventually comes out of it stronger.
Logan is the clear villain in the story, but because we also see the story through his eyes, we get a good sense of what he’s planning and what he’s willing to do to get there. He’s ruthless in his own way, and has a violent streak. But there’s also more to him than that.

Logan wants to find a way to bring Bosque Mar back, which seems like it would be boring. But it’s not. Not at all, actually. The story is written in such a way that it’s impossible to be bored.

While Logan’s busy with that, the Searchers race to stop him. Yet they don’t know exactly what they’re stopping, or even if anything needs stopping. With the Keepers scattered, they struggle to find their new place in the world, and there’s inner turmoil as well. The Searchers can’t agree on anything, it seems, and that divides them further.

It’s beautifully written, and that makes it such a pleasure to read. It’s an entertaining, intriguing story that drew me deeper with every page.

The romance in this book was tasteful and not overbearing in any way. Connor and Adne are perfect together, and yet their romance isn’t an easy one. There are a lot of obstacles in their way, made worse by the fact that they’re not always prepared to face them together. But, given some time, I think Connor and Adne will find that the best way to go forward is together.

Andrea’s writing has improved immensely since Nightshade. She flourishes under this new style of third person omniscient as opposed to first person and it’s beautiful. Despite not being directly inside each character’s head, we nonetheless get a really great sense of who they are and what they’re thinking. The continuation of the world-building is stellar, and are the characters.

I loved the way Snakeroot ended. It hit the perfect balance of cliffhanger and wrapping up the story neatly. Enough happened that it didn’t feel like a filler book, and yet by the end I was gripping the book and hoping for more.

Snakeroot was a beautiful continuation to the Nightshade series, and I’m glad it exists. I’ll definitely be reading the next book. I’d recommend it to any fans of Nightshade, and I’d also recommend it to people who are new to the series. It’s that good.





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