Book Review: Word and Deed by: Susannah Noel

Rating: 5/5

Publish Date: December 15, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

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Synopsis: Until three months ago, Riana lived a safe, quiet life as a Reader for the Union government, but her life is no longer quiet or safe.

She is now part of an underground rebellion called the Front, and she works closely with Connor, the covert leader of the movement and her best friend. Together, they’re trying to translate a mysterious book that might give them answers about the disaster that transformed their world.

Union officials want to arrest them, and radical Zealots want to destroy them. And Mikel, her Soul-Breather boyfriend, wants Riana to stop putting herself in danger for a cause he doesn’t support.

Then it gets even worse, when the Zealots start to frame the Front for violent acts of terrorism. Riana has to stay alive and juggle conflicting loyalties, deciding who to trust, where her heart lies, and what she really believes in.

Review: ‘Word and Deed’ picks up a few months after the events in ‘Word and Breath’. Riana is now part of the Front and works with the Librarian (her best friend Connor) to decode the codex which may explain what happened to their world. Now there are vicious attacks being attributed to the Front, but which Riana and the rebellion think are the work of Zealots. In the meantime, Mikel has returned and wants to keep Riana safe – which means taking her away from the Front (and Connor). Mikel doesn’t believe in the ideals and goals of the Front. He follows his own moral compass, regardless of how skewed it is and how his actions may hurt others. For once, though, he is putting someone else first – Riana. Yet who is really after the Front by using their name to create fear and chaos? And what is the mysterious symbol being painted all over town?

I absolutely adored ‘Word and Breath’ and ‘Word and Deed’ is excellent! While it may feel a little slow in the beginning, I felt it was necessary because it built up to an explosive ending. It is nice to see Riana grow into her ideals and into someone who stands up for what she believes in. I’m still fascinated by the Soul-Breathers and their abilities – especially as Mikel‘s seem to be expanding and evolving. I hope we learn more about them and the cataclysm which created the current society in the next book. I also can’t wait to find out more about the group behind the attacks. Ms. Noel has created and maintained solid characters and a interesting post-apocalyptic world. I am addicted to her stories!!

Wordless Chronicles: Word and Breath (1), Word and Deed (2)


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