*** Advance Reader Copy provided by the publisher ***
*** Goodreads rating: 4.5/5 star ***
Claimed is the sequel to Marked, but unlike many sequels this novel focuses it’s attention on two different characters than those emphasized in the first book. And I think it worked. While Eli and Cacy were good characters for the first book, Galena Margolis and Declan Ferry are more complex, nuanced characters that allow the psychologist in Sarah Fine to come out.
The backstory behind Galena is tragic and something that no one should have to go through, but it fits so well within the world created by Marked that the details of its appearance in Claimed seem natural. While the storyline around the Ferrys and the Keres and the Keepers of the Afterlife continue, it is Galena and Declan upon whom we focus our attention. The universe being built, novel by novel, is complex and frightening to envision and throughout all of the pain and sorrow that we witness in the novel, there is still a shining thread of hope that binds us all together.
Claimed is a worthy successor to Marked and I look forward to the next novel in the series.