The Dark Citadel (The Green Woman #1) by Jane Dougherty

Story: Evil is slouching into Providence. Will the awakening memories of a rebellious runaway be enough to send the demon back into the shadows? Fifteen-year-old Deborah is angry and bitter. Rebelling against an arranged marriage to an idiot, she flees the oppression of Providence’s religious Elders to search for her exiled mother, the legendary Green Woman. Zachariah, dark, brooding and unhappy crosses Deborah’s path as they both plot escape from the House of Correction. Dislike is instant and mutual, and Zachariah blunders off alone to seek the Green Woman’s magical Garden. In the desert wasteland, Jonah, the dog boy takes Deborah’s hand, first as a friend and guide, then as something more. Abaddon, Lord of Hell is waiting to crush the green magic that will destroy his realm on earth. Deborah is discovering love and the mysterious power of her memories, but will this be enough to defeat the demon and the Elder’s regime, and dispel the shadows cast by the Dark Citadel?

Our Rating: 4 out of 5 rebelling stars

Review: When we say this book has it all we mean it. It’s like a salad made of dystopia, fantasy, religion, and even mythology. Jane Dougherty imagination thrilled us. The bleak and sad world Jane creates in the holy city of Providence is one of authoritarian, where you are separated into a caste system. This place will give you the chills and disgust you to the core. There is nothing good about this “world.” The only way to survive is to follow the rules and never question them, which is hard for Deborah. She is the key to memories and restoring the world to what it once was. Deborah’s rebellious nature, which we really liked about her, leads her to end up in the House of Correction. There she meets Zachariah, who we are still not sure how we feel about him, and Jonah, the dog boy, who we loved. This book is filled with action and characters that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand. Jane does a wonderful job describing each scene. You begin to feel like Deborah, wanting to escape her horrible surroundings. There were moments we wanted to yell at some of the characters and other moments we were cheering for them. This book will remind you no matter how much evil demons can bring there’s nothing worse than the evil man can do. The end leaves you wanting more. There’s a lot of unresolved story lines, but that’s the beauty of a book being part of a series. The Dark Citadel will keep you up late reading because you will not want to put it down. We are on countdown until the next book comes out.

So go sit outside on a lawn chair, admire your surroundings and read The Dark Citadel

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**We received this book for free by the author. We were not bribed or paid in any way for this review. **

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