Three apocalyptic horsemen and one former Seeker search for their fourth rider in this sequel.
In averting an apocalypse and defeating the demonic Kindred, Gideon (War), Marcus (Death), and Jode (Conquest) also lost Sebastian (Famine), who was mistakenly trapped with the violent Samrael in another realm by Seeker Daryn. Now allied with the government and equipped with money and top-notch tech as well as their supernatural steeds and weapons, yet unable to rescue Sebastian, the riders discover life—or technically, afterlife—goes on. Without the Sight, which estranged her from her family and led her around the world, teen Daryn is homesick, powerless, and guilt-stricken. When Daryn finds a way to open a portal, one-handed, celiac-suffering, ex-military Gideon reunites and begins a romance with Daryn but struggles to forgive his enemy. As the retrieval missions go awry, the riders and Daryn confront their worst memories and fears as the surreal Rift reflects past trauma and spawns new monsters. Daryn and Gideon, Rossi’s white co-narrators, and their more diverse supporting characters engage in realistic dialogue and abundant, cinematically depicted action sequences, but the plot is tortuous, the high-stakes scenes are achieved illogically, and the angst-y teen emotions are described repetitively. Despite the violence, the emphasis on forgiveness, redemption, and higher purpose may appeal to faith-based audiences.
For readers who want a military twist to their apocalyptic adventure/romance. (Fantasy. 14-adult)