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This book is the final adventure in the Arkana Archaeology Adventure Series and completes the story that was begun in The Granite Key. If you haven't read the other books in the series, this book can still be read as a standalone.
What a ride N.S. Wikarski takes us on in this final volume--definitely enough twists to keep this reader on her toes and kept her turning the pages to see what else is going to happen.
I loved all the characters and it was so awesome to see them finally reach their destinies. The characters are likable and fully drawn--even the "bad guys". You could see their reasoning for what they did, even if you do not agree with it. And, that makes for a fully developed story.
Even with that, it's a very plot-driven story. The author did a great job keeping the reader guessing. If you like thrillers that mix suspense and religion, this series fits right in line with the Robert Langdon books by Dan Brown or Lewis Perdue's Daughter of God.
Hannah heard the key slide into the lock just in time to throw her e-book reader inside a dresser drawer and bury it under a pile of stockings. She whirled about as Joshua entered the room.
His face was grim. “For someone who doesn’t speak, you certainly provoke a lot of chatter among the community. Tongues are wagging about Mother Rachel’s last visit to you and the tragic aftermath. No one can seem to talk of anything else.”
The girl gave a slight smile and shrugged.
Joshua stared at her intently. “You think you’re clever, don’t you?”
Hannah regulated her expression to its characteristic blankness.
“You have them all fooled, not simply my father. No one can believe a child who looks so sweet and innocent could be capable of such monstrous duplicity. But you are, Sister Hannah, and I intend to prove it.”
The spymaster removed a small object from his pocket and set it on the dresser. It appeared to be some sort of digital recording device. He switched it on and then turned back to the girl.
“The Brotherhood is in crisis. My father has set us on a path to destruction and I alone can avert disaster. To do that, I must persuade the Diviner that I am the only one he can trust—the only one who has his best interests at heart. And you’re going to help me convince him.”
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She has written the Gilded Age Mystery series set in 1890s Chicago. Titles include The Fall Of White City (2002) and Shrouded In Thought (2005). The series has received People's Choice Award nominations for Best First Novel and Best Historical as well as a Lovey Award for Best Traditional Amateur Sleuth.
Her seven-book Arkana Archaeology Mystery Series is a #1 Amazon Bestseller. Titles include The Granite Key (2011), The Mountain Mother Cipher (2011), The Dragon’s Wing Enigma (2012), Riddle Of The Diamond Dove (2013), Into The Jaws Of The Lion (2014), Secrets Of The Serpent’s Heart (2015), and The Sage Stone Prophecy (2016).
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