The Rule of Three (Amber Lee Mysteries #2)
Published: 31st January, 2015
A young witch is haunted by a shadowy spectre. Is it fate given form, or something more sinister?
In the second book of the Amber Lee Mysteries Series we return to Raven’s Glen and pick up a few months after the story left off – a few months after the attack that almost killed her.
Thanks to a lack of leads, Amber, a Wiccan with true magick power, abandoned the search for the person who gave the order to have her killed. But the near death experience helped her grow into a more well-rounded witch and for the first time, she feels powerful. So what is it? What’s keeping her up at night and why can’t she remember her dreams any more?
Rattled by a debilitating lack of sleep and incessant nightmares she can’t remember, Amber is struggling to keep the weak grip she has on her life before things start slipping through her fingers. But there are forces at work in Raven’s Glen. Dark forces with a nefarious agenda. Forces beyond Amber’s ability to identify and defend against. Another mystery needs solving, and as the threads begin to unravel Amber discovers just how high the stakes really are.
What is Amber really dreaming about? Who is the mysterious hooded man stalking her around town? What is wrong with Aaron? And when it comes down to the crunch, will she learn from her mistakes in the arenas of morals, magick and romance?
Or will she be consumed by her own hubris?
Content warning: a few light references to sex; some sex references
What I liked: After reading Midnight Magick back in November of 2014 I’ve talked to Katerina Martinez, author of the Amber Lee Mysteries series and she even gave our blog its opening day post in that same month! When she asked me if I wanted to read The Rule of Three I was curious to see how Amber and the others were doing and what they were up to. And this book did not disappoint me while reading it. This book is filled with tension in all the right places and a few moments even gave me chills! I know when I reached the climax of this book I raced through, trying to see what was going to happen and hoping that the characters would be okay. There’s also plenty of a mystery factor with trying to guess what’s really happening in Raven’s Glen and I had pegged one of the characters from Midnight Magick to be the person behind all this craziness but I was wrong about who it was. And Damien was a character who really managed to surprise me with his actions. I don’t want to spoil what he does but know that my jaw dropped with his reveal in this story. I totally can agree with Amber’s actions to what he does, and I actually applaud her with how she handles it by the end. Aaron also makes a return and his impact on the story is larger than it was in the first book, and I believe that he will be returning in the next book to have yet another big impact on what happens in this series.
What I didn’t like: I did notice the problem with some mispelled words/missing letters in words and some missing words scattered throughout the book, but for the most part they didn’t take much away and it was easy for me to keep reading.
Overall Review: There’s plenty of development among the characters in this book and I can’t wait to read book three and see what’s going to happen with the characters. I was hoping for a little more Eliza than we got because I like her, but I’m curious about what happened to her after Yuletide. Hopefully we get to find out! Look out for how the title plays into this book and how the holidays change the playing field for these characters. As for Frank, I have to say that I really enjoyed him in this books. He was hilarious sometimes, with what he said and I can’t wait to see what happens with him in the next book as well. Overall I believe that Katerina Martinez’s writing has both strengthened and changed since her debut, and it has become captivating in a way I hadn’t expected! With reveals placed in the right spots and the elements of foreshadowing done in subtle ways that I didn’t catch when they were mentioned I really liked this book.
Recommend?: Yes definitely! If you were hesitate to continue after Midnight Magick do pick up The Rule of Three!
My Rating: 4.4/5
Review by Bri