I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett
Series: Arcadia Bell #4
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Pocket Books on 27 May 2014
Don’t mind me, I’ve just got a little something in my eye as I write this review…both eyes actually. Bidding farewell to Arcadia, Lon and the teenage delight that was Jupe was harder than I thought it would be. I am grateful though that Bennett finished the series on a high rather than a whimper. Our intrepid trio are hell-bent on defeating Arcadia’s mother, even though Jupe tries to keep his investigation under wraps. There’s magic, mayhem and a truckload of really sweet moments. What more could you want?
Arcadia simply doesn’t give in even though lesser women (myself included) would be curled up in a fetal position if we had to deal with half the stuff that gets thrown her way. I loved watching her fall in love with Lon all over again and how he supported her in every decision she made, even if he didn’t necessarily agree with it. Jupe’s transformation however is the biggest as we see him morph from kid-teen to teen-adult, egged on by Arcadia’s guardian Priya. Reading things from Jupe’s POV was bitter-sweet as I knew it was the only time I would get to experience it even though it was awesome. I really hope there is a spin-off series featuring him and we can see him continue to grow.
The plot played out over a series of road trips as Arcadia and Lon tried to find the origins of the Moonchild spell and a way to reverse it. The pacing was solid as there was plenty of opportunity for Arcadia to practice her powers and to do a little ass-kicking. Bennett took the time to flesh out the different locations even though they weren’t there for that long which made the novel that much richer.
Bennett tied up the loose ends neatly and even gave us a fairly sentimental epilogue. I’m not always a huge epilogue fan but considering the extreme hardships that this family had gone through, I appreciated Bennett allowing them to simply enjoy the good times. This is an absolute gem of a series given the well-crafted characters, entertaining plots and fantastic world-building. Strongly, strongly recommended for urban fantasy fans and those that love good fiction.