Book Review | The Deck Of Omens | By Christine Lynn Herman







YA Fantasy

The Deck of Omens
Published: 21st April, 2020
The teenagers of Four Paths must save their home. Though the Beast is seemingly subdued for now, a new threat looms in Four Paths: a corruption seeping from the Gray into the forest. And with the other Founders preoccupied by their tangled alliances and fraying relationships, only May Hawthorne seems to realize the danger. But saving the town she loves means seeking aid from the person her family despises most--her and Justin's father. May's father isn't the only newcomer in town--Isaac Sullivan's older brother has also returned, seeking forgiveness for the role he played in Isaac's troubled past. But Isaac isn't ready to let go of his family's history, especially when that history might hold the key that he and Violet Saunders need to destroy the Gray and the monster within it. Harper Carlisle isn't ready to forgive, either. Two devastating betrayals have left her isolated from her family and uncertain who to trust. As the corruption becomes impossible to ignore, Harper must learn to control her newfound powers in order to protect Four Paths. But the only people who can help her do that are the ones who have hurt her the most. With the veil between the Gray and the town growing ever thinner, all of the Founder descendants must put their grievances with one another aside to stop the corruption and kill the Beast once and for all. But maybe the monster they truly need to slay has never been the Beast... (Goodreads)





My thoughts




Narrative and Plot




The Deck of Omens begins right where the story left off in the first book, The Devouring Gray (review ). This is a duology and if you’re not familiar with the first book, I recommend you finish it first to make sense of things. Even though this is a YA fantasy, the book dwells a lot into the characters and how they deal with and react to their circumstances. On that account, it resembles a contemporary fiction. Now, I love the contemporary genre. But if you’re someone who is interested in a fantasy just for the adrenaline and adventure, there would be only a little for you.

The plot does have its own share of action and adventure, but it relies more on character development while telling the tale. The duology definitely provides a satisfying closure. The analogy it draws is right in front of your eyes, if you’re careful to see it.













Characters and Conflicts










The Devouring Gray mainly focused on Violet Saunders. Of course the other characters were equally shaped and important. But she seemed like the anchor to hold the thread. In this one, it was May Hawthorne. The Deck of Omens in a nutshell is a coming of age story for the founders kids of Four Paths. Each of them having their own journey to figure out the path they wanted to find.

Often, with fantasy stories the conflict is easier to shape. Especially when you can explain anything with magic and macabre. But providing a satisfying conclusion is a skillful art. The execution of how every conflict was wrapped up was gratifying. Every one in the story had a definite path and even the smallest things that were laid out in the beginning of the story were brought back in the end. It all made sense, to be precise.


















The Deck of Omens lived up to the expectations of anyone who read and actually enjoyed the twisted tale of Four Paths in The Devouring Gray. The metaphors were brilliant. Although, the words like “quarantine” and “airborne” were too real to be honest. This is a fantasy tale about a land with a beast and the corruption it caused. That’s all there is to say.  

















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