Review: Much of Madness (Conexus Chronicles #1) by S.E. Summa

May 21, 2016 Review 0

Review:  Much of Madness (Conexus Chronicles #1) by S.E. SummaMuch of Madness by S.E. Summa
Series: Conexus Chronicles, #1
on February 29, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Occult & Supernatural, Urban
Format: eBook
Pages: 319
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: kissing, references to sex
Reviewed by: Kristina
4 Stars

Seraphina Pearce doesn’t know what’s more frustrating: her magic’s affinity for death, her best friend’s transformation into an albino Sin Eater, or that simply touching a guy she loves means someone’s headed to the morgue.

After a sin-eating job goes awry, she casts a risky spell and butts heads with a handsome stranger in order to win an infamous grimoire.

Marceau L’Argent is the last person she should confide in because the occult cat burglar has a mysterious past, and he’s made it no secret he also wants the grimoire. He recognizes her dark magic and offers his unique help as a rare curse breaker. If all that weren’t enough, Marceau causes butterflies in her stomach—a feeling she’d long thought dead.

Seraphina was only trying to break her curse—not piss off Death himself.

MUCH OF MADNESS is a Southern Gothic Horror story about loyalty, sacrifice, and maintaining hope no matter the odds.

MUCH OF MADNESS wraps you up in a magical world full of mystery and suspense. I really enjoyed this story although my one issue was that I  kept feeling like I was missing some key information that was covered in a previous book which is odd since this is the first book in a series. I understand why certain plot points were kept hidden to keep up the suspense, it just made for a confusing read for a section of the story until everything was revealed.

Aside from that confusion the story really kept me entertained and captivated with interesting supernatural characters including a sin-eater, curse breaker, spell caster, and djinn. They all felt pretty repeatable and were pretty funny together. I enjoyed seeing the story of how Seraphina and Finn became cursed and how that curse connected to the rest of the cast of characters in some way. It was a really clever way the story threads were brought together so slowly leading up to a surprising reveal. I also really enjoyed how the relationship between Seraphina, Finn, and Marceau did not turn into some sort of love triangle. Finn is her Seraphina's dear friend who really cares for her and does have some issues with Marceau not due to some unrequited love but do to his platonic love for her. The budding romance between Seraphina and Marceau is sweet and very chaste.

MUCH OF MADNESS is a wonderfully slow burn with magic, strong friendships, curses, and even a touch of time travel. The ending of the book includes some fascinating paranormal changes for our characters that I am interested in seeing evolve in the next book.

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