Saturday, September 24, 2011

Book Review: The Serpent's Coil (Prophecy of Days, #2) by Christy Raedeke

Title: The Serpent's Coil (Prophecy of Days, #2)
Author: Christy Raedeke
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Flux
ARC, 299 pages
Date Published: July 8, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads): After discovering that Uncle Li betrayed her and the Fraternitas Regni Occulti burned down her family’s house, Caity Mac Fireland retreats to a boarding school that allows her to travel around the globe. With the murderous Fraternitas hot on her heels, Caity continues to mobilize the planet’s young people as she attempts to fulfill the Mayan prophecy. Helping—and sometimes hindering— Caity in her quest are her best friend Justine, boyfriend Alex, and new classmate Jules D’Aubigne, an intriguing French boy.

Can Caity end the devastating global reign of the Fraternitas and save the world?
Picking up directly where The Daykeeper’s Grimoire left off, The Serpent’s Coil finds Caity in even deeper water and the stakes are even higher. As with its predecessor, this second book in the Prophecy of Days series is chock full of some of the most intelligent storytelling I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. There were moments that I had to reread sections, just so I could completely comprehend what was happening. This isn’t a bad thing though.

With information about the Mayan calendar, ancient cultures, philosophy, religion, and even astronomy, The Serpent’s Coil is vast in its subject matter, but entirely plausible. I’m truly astonished with the amount research Christy Raedeke must have put into this series; not only that, but Raedeke breaks it down for the reader to understand and really get.

In the short span between books, Caity has grown so much. Learning about the Mayan calendar and the prophecy that comes with her heritage has made Caity a much more mature character, but she still has that zeal of innocence to her that makes her quite endearing. Mr. Papers is back too, which will forever be a great thing because cute, super smart monkeys that communicate with origami are always made of win.

Getting to know Caity’s friend Justine is like walking in on the epitome of best friendom. And, of course the possibility of a romance with Scottish lad Alex still lingers in the air, but the best thing about it, is that it never controls the story. Caity’s tale isn’t about her relationship with a boy or even her relationship with her best friend; it’s about so much more and I hope many more people give this series a shot.

Christy Raedeke has another winner with The Serpent’s Coil. The mythology/history that she described in The Daykeeper’s Grimoire is expanded upon and she delves much deeper into her characters. I have a feeling that readers will be pleasantly surprised by how stimulating the Prophecy of Days series can be. It’s a little bit mystery, a little bit conspiracy, and a lot of story. Readers who love a well-told, complex story, will adore this series.

Opening line: Here’s what I’ve got: a monkey who communicates with origami, a prophetic poem with my name in it, and a mission. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: We are wondrous beings in a wondrous land. ~ pg. 215

*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Jennie Englund said...

Super review!

I love the last paragraph, agree with your thinking that the characters have really deepened in this novel.

Excellent review, Nikki, and happy book birthday to Christy, too!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Jennie - Yay for another Prophecy of Days lover!! This series wows me constantly. Even when I think I know what's going on, Raedeke changes everything up and blows my mind. It's awesome!

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