Have you ever cooked a meal, and when eating the leftovers realized that it was even better a few days later than when first served? Two days ago, I told you about the book The Soulkeepers, by G.P. Ching, which I downloaded free to my Kindle Fire from Amazon. I devoured the entire novel, equivalent to 309 pages of print, in under twelve hours.
Since that post, I’ve had the pleasure of inhaling the second book in the series, Weaving Destiny. And I can’t help but think, as I digest what happened in the second book, and ruminate on what happened in the first, that reading the second makes the first even better.
In the second installment of this series, Malini Gupta’s character is spotlighted.
Once again, G.P. Ching has chosen to highlight a minority as the focal charachter of the story, which is so refreshing. Malini, an Eastern Indian raised in London, now living in Paris… Illinois. Paris is a small town, that is predominantly caucasion, where generation after generation of one family remains. One of those towns where everybody knows your name, and you either grow up and raise your children there, or you grow up and run as fast and as far as you can. Sort of like the town I grew up in, in Illinois. Anyway, as a Christian, Malini is not only a minority in her culture, but as an Eastern Indian raised in London, she is certainly a minority in Paris.
Malini thought Jacob Lau was her destiny. But after months of failing to decipher how she fits into the Soulkeepers, frustration threatens to tear their relationship apart. And it doesn’t help that a new Soulkeeper named Mara is ready to stop time itself to earn Jacob’s love.
When Malini faces her worst fears, and even death, she learns a funny thing about destiny. Fate is a tapestry of choices, and she has the power to weave hers.
Once again, G.P. Ching has succeeded in writing a story that I simply could not put down.
Weaving Destiny does have, in my opinion, significantly more cuss in it than did Soulkeepers. It also had a heavier dose of teen angst, with the relationship between Jacob Lau, the new Soulkeeper Mara, and Malini keeping you guessing. Another new character, Henry, is quite interesting.
The book is geared toward young adults, and would be enjoyed by older teens as well, if you don’t mind letting them read cuss. My Mom never filtered (or censored) my reading, but did encourage me to explore other ways the same thing could have been said without the cuss. I’m not sure I would allow a twelve year old to read it, but wouldn’t have a problem with a mature fifteen or sixteen year old reading it.
The supernatural elements in the story nothing short of fantastical. You have to read it to understand. There are no insignificant details in this book. G.P. Ching is very deliberate in her writing, and often times something that seemed inconsequential is later used, and you are left going, “wait, where did I first see that?”
This is one sequel that defies the rule, and is just as good, if not better than the first book! My only regret is that the third book of the series isn’t yet released, so I am left to wonder what happens next! Make sure you have some free time set aside when you get this one, because you will NOT want to put it down! If G.P. Ching is not yet on your radar, I suggest you put her there, because this is one author that is going places!
I received a courtesy copy of Weaving Destiny from the author to facilitate my honest review. I am not required to post a positive review, but couldn’t help myself.