This series was my first attempt at dystopian, and I really enjoyed creating my own system of talents and a world that departed from ours. Hunger Games definitely had some influence on me getting interested in this genre, but this series takes a different approach to dystopian by combining a broken world with a system of ritual Inquests and talents born of natural abilities. The concept came from reading a different series that took the every day world and added just a little something different, but it wasn’t hidden. The differences were commonplace, and I was intrigued by the idea of melding two worlds.
Inquest (book 1)
Not exactly an ideal birthday, but it’s pretty much what Libby was expecting when she showed up for her mandatory Inquest. Trying to run crossed her mind, but being hunted down by the Guardians…again, didn’t really sound much better than dying.
Having all seven talents marks Libby as one person capable of destroying the world, so it’s no big surprise when she ends up with a Guardian blade at her throat. What is a surprise is being spared in order to become a pawn of the most ruthless Guardian of them all. Play nice, hide her powers, and he’ll let her live until her eighteenth birthday, when her full powers unlock. Sounds like a pretty good plan until the life of her one remaining friend, Milo, is threatened and she’s forced to choose.
Abandon her friend to save her own life or embrace her destiny and truly become the Destroyer.
Secret of Betrayal (book 2)
Become the Destroyer.
Libby is about to learn that accepting her fate is only the first step in figuring out what being the Destroyer truly means. Libby must reign in and develop her talents while planning to rescue her captive army of Ciphers from the hands of Guardians.
Rescuing the Ciphers is already dangerous enough, but everything becomes even more precarious when Cipher hunter, Braden, pushes his way into Libby’s life. The strange connection they share frightens Libby, but it also pushes her to trust him despite her better judgment. When Libby’s feelings of trust begin to morph into something more, her relationship with Milo isn’t the only thing tested. If she is wrong about Braden’s motives, everyone involved in the Cipher rescue may pay the ultimate price for her mistake.
Darkening Chaos (book 3)
No matter how hard Libby tries to follow her destiny, the pieces never seem to fall her into place. Every effort Libby makes to build her army and organize an attack is countered by complications. Broken bonds may cost Libby power she desperately needs. Betrayal threatens to break her army. What may prove to be her downfall are the secrets hidden behind unbreakable Guardian Oaths that hold the key to her success. If Libby cannot find the answers in time, everything she has worked for since her Inquest will be lost. Lives will be lost as well, and not just hers. Failure means death … for everyone.