Sunday, February 22, 2015

*Book Review* Unseen by Amber Lynn Natusch

Series: Unborn # 2
Published by 47North
Released: February 17, 2015
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: E-Book, 288 pages

*Book Blurb*

Welcome to the Kingdom of Hades, where even its prodigal princess sleeps lightly.   After fighting Soul Stealers in Detroit, Khara hoped to return home to find answers in her father's realm. But the land of the dead offers little information, and far too much tragedy. Now cut off from her brothers, and left only with her dark and unreliable companion Oz, Khara must navigate the centuries-old webs of deceit and betrayal, all while eluding the Underworld's most depraved inhabitant. But she soon finds an unexpected ally in her adopted sister Persephone. Together, they endeavor to right a terrible wrong. And as Khara soon discovers, there's more riding on her success than she ever thought possible.

Unseen, the second novel in the Unborn series, picks up right where Unborn left off. Khara somehow managed to survive her time in Detroit with her Petronus Ceteri brothers Sean, Casey, Drew, Pierson, Kierson, as well as the fallen angel Ozereus aka Oz. But, now she wants to return home to the Underground and her adopted father Hades to uncover answers about her mother, and her abilities. While in Detroit, she faced off against the Stealers, and managed to learn that she is something that shouldn't be possible; An Adult Unborn.

Readers of Unborn know that Khara is a special case, which means that she has more enemies than allies. Her father is Ares, and the only female sibling still alive. We know that her mother is apparently an Angel. We know that makes her a warrior angel and a vessel of the dead. What we don't know is what she did to Oz when he fell to the Stealers, and turned him into a Dark One? Is her mother still alive? Does Ares know that Khara is alive? We also know that Khara's presence and word of her abilities is spreading quickly, and it is only a matter of time before someone tries to use her or kill her.

When Khara returns to her home, she finds things are in disarray. The covenant that bound Khara to Demeter and Hades has been broken. In simple terms, Persephone and Khara no longer flip flop spending 6 months in the Underworld and 6 months on Earth with Demeter. What isn't known is, who broke the covenant and why was Khara spirited away by a Dark One to Detroit? I will say that Khara does have some pretty special abilities that are finally coming to light. I do hope that they continue to grow, and that Khara finds a way to rid herself of Oz's control before it's too late. I am not going to go any further into the the storyline. Sometimes I think I might give away a bit too much. Not today.

Can I just say that I loathe Oz with all my being? Can I also mention that his attitude is just too much to deal with? I love Casey, Drew, Kierson and even Aery, a kickass nymph who is added to the series. Oz is arrogant, crude, rude, and knows no boundaries. He was involved with the Stealers and betrayed the brothers only to toss Khara off the roof of their home and unleash her wings. He's entirely too pushy and possessive of Khara believing that he, and no one else, holds her fate in his hands. I don't see the attraction. It is like asking Khara to once again give herself up to another control freak in Deimos who is pretty bad on his own terms.

Unseen has a bit less action than Unborn, but does leave readers with a pretty interesting cliffhanger. We do get a look at Natush's idea of the Underworld and it is apparent that she has done a bit of research into Greek Mythology. Along with Persephone and Hades, we also get Hecate, Hermes, and Zeus. I liked when Khara visited her fallen brothers in the Elysian Fields. I liked that we do get a bit of betrayal, heart break, and questionable motives by a handful of characters who are just too power hungry to stop them.

Unseen's bottom line is that Khara needs to know exactly what she is, and nobody is telling her anything helpful. Unfortunately, that question remains a puzzle, as well as the whereabouts of her mother, and what will come next for Khara, Hades, Oz, and her brothers.

**I received this book for free from (47North) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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