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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
In the world of Jael, darkness has power. Some people can use the darkness and others cannot. There are good people, hollow people, and then there is a couple, the Prysns, that want to know everything and to be able to be better than everyone else. Growing up, Royal has always seen the boy in her mind, white hair and red eyes. Divine has always heard the female voice in his head. When suddenly a group of adults finds themselves dropped into a black stone mansion that provides for their needs, they seem to already know each other, but they have never met before, or have they? Royal, Divine, Blae, and Aliceanna must unlock the lost memories to find out who they really are before time runs out. Chains of the Sciell is the second book in The Merging World Series by author Auden Johnson.
Chains of the Sciell by Auden Johnson is said to take place about fifty years after the first book. I have not read the first book, so I jumped into this blind, and it is a complex story, but at the same time I was able to follow the story to the end. The concept of the darkness and pulling power from the darkness is interesting and I wish it had been developed a little more, but overall I really liked the book and I think young adults and adults alike will enjoy it. Especially if you like repressed memory, paranormal powers and kidnapping.