When seventeen-year-old Addie Auctor’s mother is murdered by her father, she must confront many secrets that her family has hidden from her. The worst of these secrets is that Addie’s father, Donovan Hawthorne, is still hunting Addie because of an ancient blood feud between her mother’s family, the Auctors, and her father’s family, the House of Hawthorne. In order to be protected from the House of Hawthorne, Addie and her brother, Augustus, are sent to Initiation at an exclusive University, the Wicked Cabal.
Initiation is nothing like Addie expects. She is immediately separated from Augustus and thrown in with four complete strangers – Fallon, Maddox, Liam, and Tempe. Addie must try to forge friendships with her fellow Initiates while they solve clues, battle mystical creatures, and explore increasingly dangerous places.
Readers of all ages will love this adventure filled with suspense, treachery, and romance.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Adelaide Auctor’s life is flipped around when she finds out that her whole life has been a lie. She comes from a family of sorcerer’s who’s been part of a feud with the House of Hawthorne for centuries and unfortunately, she’s caught right in the middle of it as her father, Donovan Hawthorne, is searching for her even more so now that he has killed her mother. She then meets her grandmother and uncles and learns that she and her brother are to be sent to be magically trained at a university called The Wicked Cabal.
The synopsis and prologue of this book was enough to get me shifting to a more comfortable position because I thought it was really interesting. After about 3 or 4 chapters, doubt started seeping in. Addie only really spoke to her brother so there wasn’t much dialogue since he wasn’t up for saying much. The secret was already out, I didn’t know what he could possibly still be hiding.
As I continued reading, I didn’t know whether I was going to like this book or not because I really wanted to enjoy it. I had high hopes going in. My issue was that there was too much description going on. Addie described every single detail and I think that wasted time. Many a time I thought: ‘how long is she taking to think? Shouldn’t she be doing something right now?’ She relied on her brother too much and I think the separation helped her a lot more than she thinks.
I did like where the plot seems to be going and the story overall was really interesting. The author’s writing style is really good and it was a pretty quick read once Addie stopped being as annoying as she was in the beginning. Although…we still don’t really know what the Auctor Trilogy is. There were a few holes in this story but I hope they’ll be filled in as more books are released.
I’m really eager to continue the series because I do think that the author had an awesome idea. The idea of Initiation and what it entailed was really interesting and exciting and it was cool to see how a group of kids who barely knew each other got along in the wilderness.
This story isn’t ever yet and I can’t wait to read the next book.
Read: 13 April 2017
Publication Date: 28 November 2016
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: T.R. Wolf