Shame on me for not getting to this book sooner. I read and was highly entertained by the first in the trilogy, Entangled, last year. Why the follow up slipped through my net, I don’t know. I woke in the middle of the night recently with back pain and knew there was no getting back to sleep, so I grabbed my Kindle and got reading. I read this in a few hours, finishing about 4am. Totally distracted me from the pain – nice one!
If you haven’t read the first book, beware of SPOILERS and stuff that may not make much sense.
Since the last book, Graylee is getting along fine in Stacey’s body. She goes by Lee now. Lee’s mom is dating Stacey’s dad, so Lee gets to spend a lot of time with her mother. Her relationship with Raj is stronger than ever. All in all, life is pretty good these days. That is until her twin sister, Charlene, walks through the door claiming to be Gray. But Lee (in Stacey’s body) is Gray; she’s just in a different body. How can there be two of the same people? Are you still with me? I think I lost myself there, actually. Anyway, something magical and potentially dangerous is going on, and they figure it’s down to the dirty rotten scoundrel of a sorcerer, Adrian.
I felt for Gray. She comes back from oblivion only to find Raj happily going out with Lee. Where does she fit in? Her mother already has a version of Gray in Lee. It seems like the only one really happy to have Gray around is Adrian. The separation of Gray and Lee was very well done. Despite these two starting out as the same person, it’s made clear they’re different “entities” now. In the past year, Lee’s personality has changed a little. She’s in the body of someone else, living with Stacey’s father as Stacey, so of course she’s going to grow up and develop. Gray, however, is the same. She doesn’t have the recent life experience of Lee. She’s raw Gray – if that makes any sort of sense.
I’d love to know more about oblivion. The concept of souls isn’t explored in these books. How can there be one soul in two different bodies, and where was Gray before she suddenly puffed into existence in her sister’s body, and what are they going to do about Charlene’s soul just hovering around in France without a body? These are questions I’d like to see come into focus in the final book in the trilogy. From the sneak peek at the back of the book, we get to follow Gray in her new life in Barcelona. I visited that beautiful city last summer, so I’m looking forward to immersing myself in all things Catalan in Enchantment.
Entertaining and fast-paced, I sped through Duplicity just as I did Entangled. I liked all the characters in this book, something that rarely happens. Nikki Jefford is a talented author. Bring on book 3, Enchantment, out soon. ****
Do you like stories about magic and witches? Have you read any of Nikki’s books?