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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Deck of Omens

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

"The teenagers of Four Paths must save their home.

Though the Beast is seemingly subdued for now, a new threat looms in Four Paths: a corruption seeping from the Gray into the forest. And with the other Founders preoccupied by their tangled alliances and fraying relationships, only May Hawthorne seems to realize the danger. But saving the town she loves means seeking aid from the person her family despises most--her and Justin's father.

May's father isn't the only newcomer in town--Isaac Sullivan's older brother has also returned, seeking forgiveness for the role he played in Isaac's troubled past. But Isaac isn't ready to let go of his family's history, especially when that history might hold the key that he and Violet Saunders need to destroy the Gray and the monster within it.

Harper Carlisle isn't ready to forgive, either. Two devastating betrayals have left her isolated from her family and uncertain who to trust. As the corruption becomes impossible to ignore, Harper must learn to control her newfound powers in order to protect Four Paths. But the only people who can help her do that are the ones who have hurt her the most.

With the veil between the Gray and the town growing ever thinner, all of the Founder descendants must put their grievances with one another aside to stop the corruption and kill the Beast once and for all.

But maybe the monster they truly need to slay has never been the Beast."


The Deck of Omens is the second installment in the YA fantasy duology The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman.

The first book I read in one night, and I proceeded to also read this one in one sitting the next night.

Needless to say, this was equally as good as the first book and I am so thankful for that. Some stupid decisions were made in this one in order to advance the plot but luckily everything was nicely wrapped up in the end.

I would definitely recommend that you pick up this duology. As a duology, there are only two books so it won't take up much of your time.

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