Spoiler alert! If you haven’t read Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, proceed with caution! Demonglass is book two in the Hex Hall series, and this post will be very spoilery. (New word alert!)
If you just heard a scream of frustration that seemed to originate from a small town in upstate South Carolina, that was me. I just finished reading Demonglass, the second book in Rachel Hawkins’ Hex Hall trilogy, and it ended on such an unbelievable cliffhanger that I am having difficulty suppressing my urge to throw things. I want to read book three NOW, but I’m sad to report that I’ll have to wait until at least March of next year to find out what is going on in this amazing story.
If you liked Hex Hall, then I think you will like Demonglass even more. The story picks up where Hex Hall ended. Sophie Mercer, as wonderfully sarcastic as ever, is still at Hecate Hall. She’s waiting on her dad to come and get her so that she can begin the process of removing her powers. (Just to refresh your memory, Sophie is a demon with nearly uncontrollable powers.) She’s scared of what she could do, and she wants the powers gone. But things might not be quite so straightforward.
Sophie’s dad, the head of the Prodigium (magic folk) Council, takes Sophie and a couple of friends to London for the summer so that Sophie can reconsider the Removal. She decides pretty quickly against removing her powers but only because she senses that things around her are somehow wrong. Add to that a betrothal she knew nothing about, a couple of “new” demons, getting to know dear old dad, a ghost who’s seemingly attached to Sophie, and her feelings for Archer (who happens to be a member of the Eye, a group sworn to wipe out the Prodigium), and it’s going to be quite the eventful summer.
A war is brewing between the Prodigium and the Eye. Sophie’s powers, and those of her father and the other demons (whose origins are unknown), could be used as weapons in this coming war. Is Sophie willing to use her powers to fight for the Prodigium even if it means battling Archer, the boy who holds her heart? Is there a way to avoid the war that is coming? If Sophie can only find out who is creating demons, she knows that she can at least minimize the threat of war. Her search for answers will take her to some unexpected places, and she may be unprepared for what she finds. Can Sophie reconcile her duty to the Prodigium with her love for her sworn enemy, or will that choice be taken out of her hands? Read Demonglass to find out!
I thorougly enjoyed Demonglass, and, like I said, I cannot wait for the third installment in this series. Sophie’s voice is so refreshing and snarky. Even with everything crumbling around her, she finds a way to break tension with a well-placed sarcastic comment. I love that, and I think a lot of readers, especially teens, will be able to relate to Sophie’s fluency in sarcasm.
The third book in the Hex Hall series is currently (at least to my knowledge) untitled, and it is scheduled for a spring 2012 release. I am happy to report, though, that there is a spin-off series in the works (Yay!) which will include cameos of our favorite characters from the Hex Hall series (at least those that survive…and maybe some that don’t). Author Rachel Hawkins is also working on a new series that promises to include more snarkiness, kissing, and swordfights. (Yay again!) For more information on the Hex Hall series and what’s going on with the author, visit Rachel Hawkins’ blog at http://readingwritingrachel.blogspot.com/.