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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
League of Secrets is a work of fiction in the adventure, fantasy, and dystopian drama sub-genres, and was penned by author R. E. Johnston. The work is intended for the young adult reading audience and forms the second book in the Echoes of Past Lives series. Continuing the events of the first book, Two Moons, we find ourselves once again with Jay and his friends as they quest to discover more about their past lives in an effort to get ahead in the powerful world in which they live. When the young Twila’s apparent disadvantage soon turns out to hide a major secret, tensions will rise and learning who to trust becomes harder and harder.
Author R. E. Johnston has crafted an immersive and fascinating work of fiction with a second-in-series novel that has plenty of new concepts and high stakes drama to offer its readers. One of the most essential features of this work was the talent the author displays in worldbuilding, through such details as the transference and acquisition of power in the society, owing to the incredible knowledge that the characters’ past lives offer them. I loved all of the dark, slick figures making it in this new world at any cost, and presenting so many dangers for Jay and his friends to face. Another of the features which I found particularly impressive about this piece was the development of the young characters, which balances their youth and relative naivety well against what they learn and how they grow into their own power. Overall, I would highly recommend League of Secrets to fans of fascinating new fantasy concepts, engrossing worldbuilding, and for YA dystopian readers everywhere.