Heir of Doom is the second book in Jina S. Bazzar’s trilogy, The Roxanne Fosch Files, and falls in the suspenseful fantasy genre. I’ve previously read the first book, Heir of Ashes, and a prequel short story, The Curse, before reading this one. They are best read in order so you get the full picture of everything going on in this extraordinary world. I buddy read this one over four days with my friend, Misty, and enjoyed it very much.
Roxanne is half human. She was given up at birth due to several reasons we learned about in a previous book, but ultimately, she’s been held captive for ~20 years. She escaped from someone’s clutches only to be kidnapped again and tortured many times. Now, she’s out on her own after the last book, and is trying to find out the truth about her past. In this book, she wants to help a missing girl who’s being raised by the same woman who raised Roxanne, except this little girl is indeed the adoptive mother’s child. Unfortunately, the child is afraid of someone and wants Roxanne’s support. Just when Roxanne thinks she can help her, the girl goes missing, and the hunt begins. Who took her? What’s the reasoning? And will Roxanne save the day?
That’s only a piece of the story. Author Bazzar takes us on a journey and race to get to the bottom of the kidnapping, only along the path, Roxanne learns way more than she expected. Who should she trust? The evil guy everyone warns her about? The adoptive mother who acts weird now? The guy she had a crush on who seems to be with someone new? A few other folks coming into and out of her life at warp speed? By the end, we learn the truth about Roxanne’s parents, and it’s a shocker. We thought we knew the whole story, but we did not!
The first half of the book was a slow burn to catch us up on history, get to know the new characters, and set the tone for why it’s so important for Roxanne to be involved in this chase. The second half was an intense ride full of deadly battles, astronomical pain and loss, and a discovery of whom you should trust. Author Bazzar really makes us fall hard for the heroine. We forgive her curt and pushy attitude. We understand why she needs to get to the truth. We love her for trying to save someone else. And we want to help her get free from the ties that bind her for what could be most of her life.
Her fighting instructor is harsh! Her friends can be loving and mean at the same time. Her enemies stop at nothing to kill her. Where will we go in the third book? I can’t wait to find out. I so enjoyed this buddy read with Misty, I’m sure we’ll take on the third book together again next year!
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