Publish Date: December 25, 2012
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Synopsis: Half banshee Jacqueline Huston is confused. With the Brotherhood of Merlyn looking for her, the specter of Death wanting her soul, and having to live with the knowledge that her wizard boyfriend's son killed her husband, sometimes life feels a little chaotic. Then the Brotherhood kidnaps the love of her life, Toby Williams, in an attempt to convince her to join their crusade for power over other supernatural beings.
In this book, Jacqueline comes to grips with her enormous powers--capable of reaping any soul, a temptation she must avoid at all costs. But will she be able to control her powers, or will she use them and risk losing everything in order to save the one she loves?
Review: ‘The Banshee’s Desire’ is the second book in The Banshee’s Embrace Trilogy. So much has changed for Jacqueline Huston, now she’s come into her banshee heritage, dating a wizard, and trying to control her powers. The wizards of the Brotherhood of Merlyn are out for blood because Jacqueline has killed one of their own, even though he was a total jerk and tried to kill her and her loved ones first. Now she’s dealing with her boyfriend’s son, who has his own agenda and killed her husband, her growing powers, and Death itself. When Jacqueline’s best friend, Angela, is attacked she gives into the temptation of her half-banshee nature, but at a great cost…
‘The Banshee’s Desire’ is a very solid and entertaining follow-up to ‘The Banshee’s Embrace’, the first book in this trilogy. Jacqueline has fought off and killed the evil wizard who was behind the original attack on her and her husband, but now there are very grave repercussions for her actions. As she learns what her powers can really do, she must avoid temptation to use them at all costs. However, it’s difficult as her emotions rage out of control against those who hurt others and their victims’ ghosts who cry out for vengeance. Jacqueline has grown a lot while dealing with her increasing powers, but she’s not mastered them yet. I think the author has brought a great deal of humanity to Jacqueline’s character - she’s trying to do the right thing, which at times means keeping her supernatural nature on a tight leash. Yet when emotions overwhelm, it’s difficult, just like it is for anyone else (human or otherwise). Toby is definitely a balancing force in Jacqueline’s life and when he’s in danger, she goes in no-holds-barred. I both liked and disliked the newest character introduced – Irish Death. She’s put Jacqueline in a “Sword of Damocles” position, but definitely has her own agenda. ‘The Banshee’s Desire’ follows seamlessly the events in the first book with the characters’ natures evolving, but still staying true to themselves. I really can’t wait to see what’s next for Jacqueline!
The Banshee's Embrace Trilogy: The Banshee's Embrace (1), The Banshee's Desire (2)