Deep in the swamps of southern Louisiana, Mariutza’s beloved grandfather whispers his ominous last request--and dies in her arms. All her life he's looked after her. He's trained her in the old Gypsy ways and kept her hidden away in the swamp. But now…
The Badness has found her.
Mari’s only hope? Journey to the city to find Jaazaniah the Prophet, the legendary hero of grandfather’s bedtime stories. But how can a girl who has never left the swamp survive the terrifying world of men long enough to find a savior who may not even exist?
In the heart of New Orleans, musician Jazz Rechabson runs for his life. Everyone is out to get him. Soldiers, government agents, mysterious hooded men. What do they want? And who is the beautiful young woman who haunts his waking dreams?
Can strangers from different worlds come together in time to unmask their common enemy? And even if they could understand what is happening, will they be able to stand? (Summary from the website of John B. Olson)
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My thoughts...This is book two in the series. I have not read the first book, so initially I was really confused as to what was going on. You begin by reading the POV of several characters. They are all experiencing intense situations such as being chased, attacked and feeling intense pain. The beginning of the book left me dizzy, but I was still intrigued enough to keep reading. About 100 pages or so into the story, the characters come together and the plot begins to make more sense. Mari is an odd heroine. She was raised in the swamplands by an old man she believed to be her Grandfather. He is murdered and she goes on a mission to find the prophet she has been learning of her whole life. Jazz, the prophet, is a musician who has not clue that he has been the object of legends and fairy tales. Mari is a child of God, she has strong belief. Jazz however, has none. The pair, along with some new acquaintances are being chased by the FBI, the police, and something purely evil.
Powers provides non-stop action. It is very easy to get swept into this world of mysterious cloaked figures, cops and robbers, and fairy tale romance. It was very hard for me to put down. The story contained a subtle religious undertone, but I did not feel like a was reading a Christian novel. The end wrapped up nicely, but left room for another adventure. Overall, I think it was a very unique storyline that would entice readers from a variety of genres. I enjoyed this book and I would read other books in this series.
For more information about John B. Olson and his book, please visit his website.