Summary : There is a ominous quality that can be chilling if read in the dark!
Witchy meetings, creepy ghosts, unexpected boy trouble, violent encounters, and a hairy revelation tug readers along in the second installment of the Amber Lee Series. The Rule of Three picks up a few months after Midnight Magick when Amber’s life is spiraling out of control and has much the same feel as book one with an attractive premise full of supernatural thrills, the only hiccup is pacing and story progression.
After discovering the power within her and a near death experience, Amber is left to deal with the aftermath: bouts of insomnia, school expulsion, and a disconnect from loved ones. Posttraumatic stress doesn’t begin to cover all that goes astray in Amber’s life, especially not when a specter starts to haunt her, ghoulish nightmares invade her waking life, and a shadow of the man Aaron was begins to stalk her… Amber has her hands full as she scrambles to piece together the sinister events that shroud her and her friends before time runs out.
I wouldn’t recommend reading this without first reading Midnight Magick as there really isn’t any world building. The story jumps right in to established relationships and preexisting dynamics that drive the first portion of the novel which ultimately affects pacing and plot development. My enthusiasm for the story definitely surges once Aaron shows up all bedraggled and all. His exit in the first book was disappointing, however the way he was woven back into the story is so disconcerting that it becomes impossible to put the book down!
In case you can’t tell, Aaron is my favorite. I perked up immensely with his involvement in the story. The other characters are a toss up, though they did receive more attention this time. Damien has always been two-dimensional and only important by circumstance. Eliza and Evan were fun, happy go lucky people, but they only serve as fillers in this novel. Frank on the other hand becomes essential with his crazy sense of humor and dark past. It’s fun to watch his role and contributions to the events that unfold. Amber, well she’s Amber. She has a knack for causing and attracting trouble! I’m happy to see that showed some personal growth this time around.
Overall, this is a quick, creepy, and enjoyable read with quite the cliffhanger. Martinez stepped up her game in this addition and I cannot wait to see what is in store for these characters.
*** This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. ***