Eighteen-year-old Devi Bennett is surrounded by mysteries: her unknown heritage, a recurring dream about an African tribal ceremony, an inexplicable attachment to a certain tree and a psychic ability she’ll never understand—unless she finds her biological parents.
Things take a shocking turn when she meets Baron, an intense and alluring energy healer who receives prophetic dreams which all seem connected to her. Devi must rely on an empath, a seer, and Baron to help research her roots to discover who she is and what she is capable of. But when Baron’s visions lead to an ancient legend which may link to her birthright, Devi learns her gift is more imperative than she thought imaginable.
Equal parts suspenseful and sexy, philosophical and adventurous, Order of Seven delivers a story that will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about the hands that carry fate.
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After I read that ^^^ summary of Beth Teliho’s debut novel, I had to read it. And because I’m sly and opportunistic, I offered a review in exchange for a free copy – and she obliged.
Order of Seven nicely eschews the typical YA paranormal romance formula by putting less emphasis on the romance (which is still delightfully intense) and more emphasis on the mystery and adventure. YA is not a genre I typically read (my favorite books tend to be pretty saucy. Or by Stephen King), but I nevertheless remained engaged throughout the book. I got chills several times, especially in the beginning when the main character’s brother Nodin’s powers are revealed.
Beth did an amazing job thoroughly researching the history of the various cultures she connected in the book, spanning the globe from North and South America to Africa. Devi, the protagonist, is strong, fearless, and independent, an excellent example for young female readers in this genre, and the other supporting characters are equally interesting in their own unique ways. I’d love to see Beth bring these characters back in a sequel for further development and throw even more harrowing obstacles in their way.