Review: Eclipse the Flame, Ingrid Seymour

January 7, 2017 Reviews 2 ★★★★

Review: Eclipse the Flame, Ingrid SeymourEclipse The Flame by Ingrid Seymour
Series: Ignite the Shadows #2
Published by Harper Voyager on December 15th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 400
Source: Publisher
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In the new world of The Takeover nothing and no one will be safe. Marci must choose: love or vengeance.

One night she secretly follows her lover to a club. To her horror she discovers those closest to her, mingling freely with parasitic creatures which have secretly possessed human minds. A bloody ambush follows, leaving Marci a shadow of her former self.

Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious attacks. Ignite, the only resistance group, is disintegrating. As the world catches fire, Marci struggles to control the buzzing spectres in her own head.

Her hardest battle is between the forces of good and evil within herself. For Marci must fight. She was meant to burn.

In Ingrid Seymour’s first novel, Ignite the Shadows, Marci Guerrero finds herself deep within the world of the Eklyptors, alien parasites bent on taking over the human race. She joins up with the secret organisation, IgNiTe, to learn more about her own paranormal abilities and to resist the Eklyptors’ plans.

This is my review for the second book in the series, Eclipse the Flame. You might prefer to read my full review for book one, Ignite the Shadows, instead.

In the sequel to Ignite the Shadows, Marci is more or less on her own, having been banished from the secret headquarters of IgNiTe. She resolves to fight the Eklyptors however she can, but Marci doesn’t realise that the Takeover is imminent and and on a much larger scale than any of the IgNiTe team thought.

Eclipse the Flame kicks off immediately after the events at the end of book one, which meant it took me a few chapters to catch up with Marci, but once I had, the action raced on all the way through. This book had a darker and more frantic feeling to it. The world is being taken over by parasitic aliens, so you’d expect some all-or-nothing heroics, but Ingrid has really taken it up a notch with Marci’s desperation, her selfless risks and some very real consequences of dealing with a hostile threat. I loved the nail-biting suspense.

Marci is still learning to harness her powers and her development is frustrating, which is honestly how I would imagine trying to get telekinesis to work. She is such a strong character, although in this part of the story she certainly has her dark moments. She busts out of there with guns blazing, though.

The city of Seattle itself is almost an extra character in this story – I haven’t been to Seattle myself, but the locations seem to jump right off the page and give the story a realistic sense of place.

If you enjoy apocalyptic sci-fi with kick-arse female leads, try this series out. I’m really enjoying it, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

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