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Monday, May 26, 2014

Review: Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett

Title: Banishing the Dark
Author: Jenn Bennett
Series: Arcadia Bell, book 4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket (May 27th)
Source: Review copy from author
Format: E-book
“Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell's life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who's not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady's body. Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, Cady must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it. Fast. As she and her lover Lon embark on a dangerous journey through her magical past, Lon's teenage son Jupe sneaks off for his own investigation. Each family secret they uncover is darker than the last, and Cady, who has worn many identities—Moonchild, mage, fugitive—is about to add one more to the list.”
Banishing the Dark is the fourth book in the Arcadia Bell series by Jenn Bennett.

It’s always hard to say goodbye, especially to those you love, I’m not only talking about people, but books and characters alike. When I learned Jenn Bennett was writing the last book in her Arcadia Bell series I wanted to beg her to keep writing more books, but at the end I couldn’t do that. I admire an author who knows when is the right time to say goodbye to her characters and Jenn is a master at her craft, if she thought is was the right time even though I wanted more books I’m sure she was right, and now after finishing Banishing the Dark I’m glad she went that route and finished one of my all time favorite series in a very high note. Kudos to Jenn Bennett for doing this.

Banishing the Dark starts couple of weeks after the events in Binding The Shadows (book #3), Cady is recovering from what happened to her in that book, but she knows her respite won’t last long, sooner or later she will have to confront her mother, but to have the upper hand she needs to learn more about the Moonchild spell her parents used during her conception.
Cady and Lon know the answers won’t come to them, they will need to look for them, but before starting their search they take some precautions, precautions that if they are not careful enough could backfire and end everything they care for.
Jupe is not idle while Cady and Lon are away, he wants to help, and with that in mind he takes matters into his hands and embarks on his own investigation with the help of Priya and a new character.

Cady has come a long way since first book. She was used to hide and be alone, but now she not only has friends she can count on, she also has a family to call her own. Seeing her flourish into the woman she has become has been a treat; seeing her fight for her family and for what she wants in this book was not only very emotional, but pleasing as well.

Lon is one of those characters you need to know to love and the more you know the more you love. That was the case in previous books and that was the case in this book. His love for Cady has been tested over and over; Banishing the Dark was not an exception to this, if something it was one of the hardest tests for him, but as always he passes with flying colors. I love him as a father, I love him as Cady’s boyfriend and I love him as a man. Jenn Bennett gave us in him the almost-perfect man with imperfections easy to overlook.

Now I have to talk about one of my favorite teenager characters ever, Jupe. I have loved Jupe since the moment he was introduced in first book and book-by-book my love for him has only grown. Jupe is not perfect, but he has a heart so pure and innocent that is impossible not to love him. Despite having a wonderful father, Jupe’s life has had some hardships, but now that Cady is in his life he finally feels like his family is complete.
For the first time, Banishing the Dark is written with a dual POV, this time around Jenn Bennett gives us Jupe voice and as I was expecting, he was a joy to read. Being in his head only made me love him more and wish for a spinoff series based on him. Please Mrs. Bennett, pretty please with sugar on top.

Banishing the Dark has everything we loved from previous books, non-stop action, unexpected twists and turns, a strong plot, and the character we love. Banishing the Dark wraps all loose ends tightly and ends with a satisfying epilogue.

As I said before, even though I’m sad to see one of my all time favorite series come to an end, I’m glad Jenn Bennett went the smart way that not many authors take and ended her series on the highest note possible. Luckily for us we won’t be deprived of Jenn Bennett talent, she has a new series on the market, The Roaring Twenties, although a very different series from the Arcadia Bell series it’s also an excellent one that will keep us entertained until Jupe’s spin-off in the months to come.

Would I recommend Banishing the Dark? Hell yes!! But I also recommend you to read it as part the Arcadia Bell series to get the full effect of the wonderful world Jenn Bennett created with her words.
If you haven’t read this series can I ask what are you waiting for? You are missing one of the best urban fantasy series to have ever been published. Go read these books now!! You can thank me later.

My Verdict: 5 Paws

Other books in the series
Kindling the Moon
Leashing the Tempest (novella)
Banishing the Dark (May 27th)

Other reviews Goodreads


  1. I just started this series last year, and when I found out that this was the last book, I was like . . . huh? Why?! But early ending or not, I'm way more excited about this final installment now. Jupe--LOVE him. Getting the chance to read from his perspective--YES, please. Great review, Marcella!

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    1. Jupe is the best! I really hope Jenn writes a spin off series based on him. *fingers crossed*

  2. HELL YES!! "One of the best urban fantasy series to have ever been published" is NOT an understatement. I <3 Cady, Lon & Jupe. I'm sad that it's over, but at least we still have Bennett's Roaring Twenties series to keep us entertained.

  3. Starting this series now and I am loving it! Will catch up with y'all soon, gotta love series binges.

    P.S. I know I asked you to buddy read Cold Iron 3 with me, sorry I'm running behind schedule! Eep! I had a blogger slump last week

    1. I hope you love these books as much I do.
      Don't worry about Stone Song, there are many books we can buddy read. The funny thing is that I started it last night... ;)

  4. That's it..I definitely need to get the first book and read it! Just need more time :) Thanks!

    1. I'm sure you are going to love this series!

  5. I skipped a little bit your review because I'm still reading it but I'm glad you loved it, for now it's the same for me. I can't wait to finish it!

    1. Let me know how you like it when you are done.

  6. I totally and completely agree with what you say. And your crossed off comment about Jupe's spin-off series totally made me giggle :)


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