Publisher: Tor Books
Publish Date: October 30, 2012
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
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Synopsis: Psychologist Madeleine LeBlanc is desperate to escape the madness that has followed her family for a century. She’s struggling to adjust to her new-found power and to stick to the pact that protects her sanity.
But an innocent little boy is being hunted—by Madeleine’s half brother and her great-grandmother, Chloe, and by the demons they control. The boy is a threat to their bloodline, to their very nature, but Madeleine cannot let his young life be callously destroyed.
Thrust into an age-old battle of dark versus light, Madeleine dives deep into the history of her family and into the vast paranormal underworld of New Orleans, a world seemingly controlled by her great-grandmother.
The only way to stop Chloe lies past the tangled bridge that could lead to great power…or total destruction.
Review: Madeleine LeBlanc is still learning how to hone her briar-born abilities. Zenon Lansky is in a coma now, yet this gives him the ability to always been in the briar gaining knowledge and strength. Chloe is determined to find a way to preserve and lengthen her life span, but she needs the secrets from the briar (which she can’t access directly) to do so and is poised to force one of her great-grandchildren to carry out the deed. Along with Madeleine’s current troubles, we are given entrée into the world of Chloe’s children and their fight against their mother.
I enjoyed ‘The Tangled Bridge’ even though I felt sometimes lost in the briar myself. The story jumps back and forth a lot and I couldn’t always keep up with what was past, present, and potentially future. I absolutely love the world Ms. Hawk has created and I see how the split between past and present is used to give information to readers, I only wish it had been done a little smoother. Yet truly, there is no time in the briar and everything is happening all at once. I enjoyed seeing Madeleine gain more knowledge and control over her briar-born powers and the evolving relationship between her, Ethan, and the lumens child, Bo Racer. By the ending, it’s clear the story is far from over and we’ll have to wait and see how far into the briar patch Ms. Hawk takes us next.
Series: A Twisted Ladder (1), The Tangled Bridge (2)