The Southern Arcana series by Moira Rogers, really is a superb series. It’s paranormal romance, that rides that dark line where it could also easily be classed as urban fantasy, and Rogers is certainly not afraid to pack a punch with the storyline. Every book so far has had a surprise, a gritty death or a brutal scene I just didn’t see coming. Cipher was no exception.
Book four is Andrew and Kat’s story, and it’s a story that has been building right from the beginning of the series. It had that powerful unrequited, forbidden love desperation to it. The passion and pain between the two characters screamed off the page.
The tone of Kat and Andrew’s story was set several books back during a brutal scene when they were attacked. Andrew turned into a werewolf, and Kat’s empath ability exploded out of her control, and she destroyed people’s minds with her own. Both characters have their own pain, issues that have driven them apart and fans of the series have witnessed every raw step. I felt like I have waited to long to see them finally get together.
Cipher took a step back from the big political developments in the shifter world we witnessed in the last book. It was there of course, but less overt. Instead it focused on a supernatural cult, bent on forcing psychics to their power against their will. A plot that is deeply interlinked with Kat’s past. And as a powerful empath it’s inevitable that Kat becomes a target for the ruthless group.
There wasn’t an element of this book that didn’t work for me. The dark plot surrounding the enslavement of physics was dark and violent. I mentioned earlier that I love that this series doesn’t shy away from from the grit, and there is a torture scene in this that isn’t for the faint-hearted. There was love, there was pain and there was grief and I embarked on the roller coaster of emotion, loving every minute of it.
But, most of all, I was so excited to see Kat and Andrew finally together! Kat is not your typical heroine, she’s brave, and also vulnerable. She doesn’t pretend to be a sword-wielding heroine, and while she has worked hard to learn self defence skills, she is equally happy to run aware from trouble if the situation requires it. Then there’s Andrew, an alpha werewolf who was only bitten two years ago, who finds himself reluctantly in a position of power for the greater good. A man who just a couple of years ago was just a humble architect. It was so painful to watch them until now, both desperately trying to ignore the feelings they had for one another. I found the scenes of them finally getting together thrilling and as a consequence the scenes seemed heightened, more sexy, more intense. Just more!
There were also some deeper series developments during the story too. We get to revisit Derek and Nick, we see Alec and Carmen. But this book sees the biggest development for Julio. Ooh Julio….. Poor Julio. And that’s really all I can say without spoiling things…
I really cannot recommend this series enough to paranormal / urban fantasy fans. I think this is my favourite so far, but there is nothing like forbidden or unrequited love. It makes that final moment all the more satisfying. I personally wouldn’t recommend this as a standalone novel and I think you would get more enjoyment from reading the series through. But oh how I loved seeing Kat and Andrew finally overcoming their issues and coming together.
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