Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell’s life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who’s not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady’s body. Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, she must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it. Fast. As Cady and her lover Lon embark on a dangerous journey through her magical past, Lon’s teenage son Jupe sneaks off for his own investigation. Each family secret they uncover is darker than the last, and Cady, who has worn many identities—Moonchild, mage, fugitive—is about to add one more to the list.
About the Author:
Jenn Bennett is the author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series from Pocket Books and the Roaring Twenties historical paranormal romance series from Berkley. Born in Germany, she’s lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the U.S., and the Far East. She currently lives near Atlanta with one husband and two very bad pugs.
Jennifer’s Review of Banishing the Dark
Review (5 Stars): I’m so sad to see this series come to an end because it has been so awesome to be a part of Cady’s journey of supernatural self-discovery over the course of these books. To me, Arcadia “Cady” Bell is one of the best paranormal heroines out there and I am amazed at the person that she has become since the first book, Kindling the Moon. She has grown so much as a person and witch and I was so happy for Cady at the revelation that occurred in the beginning of Banishing the Dark. Meeting Lon and Jupe and having them be a part of her life has been the best thing for Cady and provided her with the support that she needed to see things through to the end.
In this book, Cady is slowly recovering from her injuries from her epic battle with Mr. Dare and trying not to attract the attention of her psychotic mother who is trying to find her way out of the hell that she was banished to. She must find the true conception spell that her mother performed years ago so she can break it and prevent her mother from possessing Cady’s soul. I was on the edge of my seat for most of this book because time was running out for Cady and her mother was getting dangerously close to finding her from the other side. The final showdown between Cady and her mother was an epic battle royale that shouldn’t be missed and I wanted so desperately for Cady to get revenge for all the pain that her mother caused her over the course of the series.
Ms. Bennett has created an amazing roller-coaster ride with the Arcadia Bell series and Banishing the Dark provides the perfect closure to Cady’s storyline. I recommend reading Kindling the Moon first to follow Cady’s journey from the very beginning and I can definitely say that I will be revisiting this series again in the very near future.