Reviewed by Teresa Mathews
Ms. Tyndall Takes Us To a Whole New Level
Once again master storyteller MaryLu Tyndall guides us back in time to the lush colorful jungle of Brazil in the year 1866. There we meet up with the war-worn Southerners who are trying to make a new life for themselves in this humid land that’s not quite the Utopia they had thought it would be. Some are doing better than others adjusting, some are being drawn to the beauty that reminds them of home. Others are being lured into a vile evilness that seems to be in the very air that surrounds this group of people, no one seems to be exempt from it.
Magnolia Scott, beautiful daughter of a plantation owner from Georgia, is one that hasn’t adjusted very well. Magnolia longs to be back in Georgia married to her fiancé in a huge house filled with servants, she won’t give up until she finds a way to make this happen. When Magnolia hears that Hayden Gale is heading to Rio, she begs him to let her come along; Hayden thinks the poor girl has lost her mind. There is no way this spoiled woman could survive the grueling five day trek through the jungle to Rio de Janeiro. Despite Hayden telling her no, Magnolia follows him too far into the jungle for him to turn her away. Will they survive this trip, what perils will befall them in the jungle? What of the warning they receive in Rio telling them to beware of the evil that is coming?
Harmen Graves, the son of a senator, is another one that seems to be driven by a totally different hunger than the others that came on this journey. There is something dark and sinister locked away deep in the jungle that is reaching out to claim his very soul, will he be able to overcome it or will he unleash this ancient terror on every person in this new colony?
I have read a lot of outstanding books by Ms. Tyndall but this one is by far the most gripping. Not only does she seem to pick you up and set you down right in the middle of that lush jungle with her magnificent descriptions; she has you holding your breath while frantically turning pages to see what is coming next. Ms. Tyndall has taken this book to another level by adding a deeper spiritual theme than her other ones. I personally love that she decided to delve into what goes on in the spirit world; the continuous war over our very souls. Bravo Ms. Tyndall for taking that tremendous leap of faith! I can’t wait for the next installment of this thrilling series.
***Thanks to Barbour Publishing and Net Galley for providing me a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.***
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