The highly anticipated sequel to The Luminaries by New York Times bestselling author Susan Dennard.
Winnie Wednesday has gotten everything she thought she wanted. She passed the deadly hunter trials, her family has been welcomed back into the Luminaries, and overnight, she has become a local celebrity.
The Girl Who Jumped. The Girl Who Got Bitten.
Unfortunately, it all feels wrong. For one, nobody will believe her about the new nightmare called the Whisperer that’s killing hunters each night. Everyone blames the werewolf, even though Winnie is certain the wolf is innocent.
On top of that, following her dad’s convoluted clues about the Dianas, their magic, and what happened in Hemlock Falls four years ago is leaving her with more questions than answers.
Then to complicate it all, there is still only one person who can help her: Jay Friday, the boy with plenty of problems all his own.
As bodies and secrets pile up around town, Winnie finds herself questioning what it means to be a true Wednesday and a true Luminary—and also where her fierce-hearted loyalties might ultimately have to lie.
Narrator: Caitlin Davies
This sequel is as good as the first book and I need the third one already!
In this second instalment, we follow Winnie after she has passed her trials to become a hunter. Her family is back in the good graces of the luminaries and hes rejoined the Wednesday ranks.
Winnie should be over the moon and yet, she is torn.
She discovers that she loves being in the forest and that she does not want to kill all nightmares. Some like the werewolf do deserve to live in her opinion but then, where does that leave her with her loyalties?
She is also deeply unsettled as the whole town is dead set on catching and killing the werewolf but Winnie knows the wolf is not evil. She knows it’s a new kind of nightmare “the whisperer” that is killing hunters but no one else has seen the “whisperer” and no one believe Winnie.
The only person that can help Winnie is Jay Friday. But even with Jay, she can’t tell him that she is also following the clues left by her father to find who is truly a Diana and who framed him!
This story confirmed two of my theories (that I won’t give as I don’t want to spoil your read) and I was very happy to know that I have been right all along!
It’s still shrouded in mystery and the nightmares, seen through Winnie’s eyes are strangely alluring. There was a melancholy seeping from the pages of that book that I found perfect for this time of the year.
Winnie is also a complex character, all in nuances and her being uncertain about where her loyalties lie made her even more interesting to follow.
It’s a perfect blend of character driven and plot driven story with still tons of questions unanswered at the end of the sequel. I recommend that series for lover of darker reads with morally grey characters, mystery, great lore and original world building.
Thanks for reading!