Today is the day that I can finally tell the world my thoughts about Son of Secrets, book two of The Indigo Chronicles by N J Simmonds. This book has been a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait! If you haven’t already read book one in the series, I would strongly recommend reading that before you read on because of spoilers. You can find my thoughts on The Path Keeper here.
Ella has been waiting for Zac for three years. She’s convinced he’ll return for her, but fate has other plans. When Josh is thrown back into her life, Ella has a choice: step back on to her rightful path, or wait foe the one who dared her to rebel.
But Ella’s not the only one missing Zac. Luci has been searching for her blue-eyed boy over two millenia and will stop at nothing to get him back. Even if that means hunting down the only girl he ever loved.
From Tuscany 5BC to 17th century witch hunts, Ella, Zac, Luci and Sebastian’s lives have been forever intertwined. The time has finally come to complete the circle.
In a fight against destiny – who will win?
As you will know, The Path Keeper is one of my favourite books, and I have been waiting for the sequel to be released for a long time! When I finally heard that it had a release date, and then saw its spectacular cover, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. That said, when it actually came to reading it, I approached it with some trepidation. This is a book that I had built up so much in my mind that I was scared that it would live up to my expectations. The good news is that I had absolutely nothing to worry about, and Son of Secrets is everything that I had dreamt it would be.
Son of Secrets takes us right back to the beginning of Ella and Zac’s story, when they were Arabella and Zadkiel, encountering each other for the first time in a sweet and tender meeting in Tuscany. The truth of their very first lives is beautiful and heartbreaking, and comes with the awful realisation of the role Sebastian has played in Ella’s past lives. As with The Path Keeper, Son of Secrets revisits Zac and Ella through history, this time seen through the eyes of Luci as she desperately tries to reunite with Zac.
On the subject of Luci, she is a truly brilliant character. Turning traditional ideas of Lucifer on their head, you come to realise that while she is not truly evil, she is most definitely fierce and refuses to let anything, or anyone, stop her from achieving what she wants. The thought of her teaming up with Sebastian was terrifying at first, but as her true motives come to light, it is incredibly satisfying to see Sebastian under someone else’s control. Everything about Luci is spectacular – I think we all need to channel our inner Luci a bit more.
Although I desperately wanted Zac to find his way back to Ella, as the book progressed, and we got to know the real Josh, I found there was an increasingly large part of me that was rooting for him and Ella too. I was full of conflicting emotions about this right through to the end of book, and honestly I am still not sure what I really wanted to happen.
Certain realisations that occurred during this book felt like a punch to the gut, and others made my heart sing. It’s a bumpy ride, but one that I know I will be revisiting, because both Son of Secrets and The Path Keeper will be demanding to be read again in preparation for the next book in the series.
I really don’t know how I am going to manage waiting until next May for book three in The Indigo Chronicles! I need to know what happens next right now!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
N J Simmonds is the author of fantasy series The Indigo Chronicles – she also writes Manga comics and is one half of Caedis Knight. Her stories are magical, historical and full of complex women, page-turning twists and plenty of romance. Originally from London, she now lives with her family in the Netherlands.
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