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"The Thread of life is a delicate thing. It is so easily broken..." My name is Michaela, and I'm a Reaper. I help the humans transition from their home on Earth after they die. Up until a short time ago, things were going well. But then, one of our best Fates was banished to Earth, people started dying before their time, and things went rapidly downhill from there. Just "The Thread of life is a delicate thing. It is so easily broken..." My name is Michaela, and I'm a Reaper. I help the humans transition from their home on Earth after they die. Up until a short time ago, things were going well. But then, one of our best Fates was banished to Earth, people started dying before their time, and things went rapidly downhill from there. Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, I found seven misplaced souls trapped in the depths of hell. It didn't matter to me who had put them there, or even why they had. All I knew was I had to get them out. I couldn't just leave them there to suffer. Who knew trying to find out and fix what had gone so horribly wrong would end with me surrounded by misfit Fates while racing through the depths of hell? Trying to save not only the seven trapped souls, but also the entire human race, is not exactly in my job description...


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"The Thread of life is a delicate thing. It is so easily broken..." My name is Michaela, and I'm a Reaper. I help the humans transition from their home on Earth after they die. Up until a short time ago, things were going well. But then, one of our best Fates was banished to Earth, people started dying before their time, and things went rapidly downhill from there. Just "The Thread of life is a delicate thing. It is so easily broken..." My name is Michaela, and I'm a Reaper. I help the humans transition from their home on Earth after they die. Up until a short time ago, things were going well. But then, one of our best Fates was banished to Earth, people started dying before their time, and things went rapidly downhill from there. Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, I found seven misplaced souls trapped in the depths of hell. It didn't matter to me who had put them there, or even why they had. All I knew was I had to get them out. I couldn't just leave them there to suffer. Who knew trying to find out and fix what had gone so horribly wrong would end with me surrounded by misfit Fates while racing through the depths of hell? Trying to save not only the seven trapped souls, but also the entire human race, is not exactly in my job description...

30 review for The Reaper

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hollie

    Like the first book in this series, I found this one just to be an "ok" read for me personally. It does have the potential to be amazing though. The characters are solid and the writing style was nice, but I was just let wanting to know more. It didn’t seem as if much were accomplished within the plot. The main characters were continually setting out on some sort of mission, but in the sense of results from their missions, there were very few. The characters just seemed to be running in circles Like the first book in this series, I found this one just to be an "ok" read for me personally. It does have the potential to be amazing though. The characters are solid and the writing style was nice, but I was just let wanting to know more. It didn’t seem as if much were accomplished within the plot. The main characters were continually setting out on some sort of mission, but in the sense of results from their missions, there were very few. The characters just seemed to be running in circles with no results to show for their tasks. I am also not a fan of the way these books end so abruptly. One second they are in the middle of a task, and the next page there is advertisement for the next book in the series. At this point, I'm not sure if I will continue this series. Perhaps if the next book is the last book of the series and offers some sense of closure that the previous books in this series didn’t offer I will.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Willow Brooks

    Flew right through this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Penn, the banished Fate, was the first-person narrator of the first book. In this one, Michaela, a Reaper takes over as the narrator. She did show up as a character in the first book, as one of Penn's friends, but didn't play an especially large part in the story, so I was a little surprised that she took over here. That she did became clear once the story got underway. Some humans have been dying before their time. Named 'Surprises' (sudden death being more of the nasty surprise than nice variet Penn, the banished Fate, was the first-person narrator of the first book. In this one, Michaela, a Reaper takes over as the narrator. She did show up as a character in the first book, as one of Penn's friends, but didn't play an especially large part in the story, so I was a little surprised that she took over here. That she did became clear once the story got underway. Some humans have been dying before their time. Named 'Surprises' (sudden death being more of the nasty surprise than nice variety, methinks), Michaela is horrified to discover that their souls are being held in a prison in Hell, despite the fact that she had personally delivered a number of them to Heaven. She can't see a way to free them on her own, so she enlists Penn's help and smuggles him back into Heaven. Along with Horatia and Galenia, the other two Fates, plus Webber, who's somewhat unlikeable and has taken over Penn's former job, our intrepid band try to free the imprisoned souls and find out what's going on. This book was somewhat darker than the first (though still YA-friendly), but it left me feeling that, while a lot happened, at the same time not a lot was actually achieved. There's a chunk in the middle (view spoiler)[where one of the heroes is trapped in Hell and the others have to find a way to free them as well as the souls, (hide spoiler)] which felt like filler, and while there are a boatload of obstacles, most of them seem to be overcome with relative ease. Perhaps it's the middle book thing striking again, or perhaps I'm just a grumpier, less YA-friendly reader these days. Either way, this book just seemed to me to be running along but not really getting anywhere. It's only right towards the end that there's a big reveal, setting up the third book, which actually made me sit up and take note. Certainly a pleasant(ish - it is mainly set in Hell, after all) meander, but not the rollercoaster continuation I was hoping for.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    I loved Penn in The Fate, and in The Fate I loved his reaper friend, Michaela. I am happy that we get to live inside Michaela's friend in this part of the trilogy. She is so compassionate and self-aware, I feel more motivated to evaluate my own actions more. I don't feel like I have anything more to add about this book that has not been said here in the reviews. If you loved the The Fate, you will love this one as well. I loved Penn in The Fate, and in The Fate I loved his reaper friend, Michaela. I am happy that we get to live inside Michaela's friend in this part of the trilogy. She is so compassionate and self-aware, I feel more motivated to evaluate my own actions more. I don't feel like I have anything more to add about this book that has not been said here in the reviews. If you loved the The Fate, you will love this one as well.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    In this second installment of the Children of Wisdom Trilogy, we're following the story as told by Michaela, a Reaper. We pick up right before the first book left off, in the Weaver room. I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first. Will be reading the final book next. In this second installment of the Children of Wisdom Trilogy, we're following the story as told by Michaela, a Reaper. We pick up right before the first book left off, in the Weaver room. I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first. Will be reading the final book next.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I normally love her books. But found that Fates and The Reaper took a long time to get going and Reaper ended very disappointing clearly ready for a third to come out.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen McGlamery

    Very quick read, I couldn't put it down! Very quick read, I couldn't put it down!

  8. 5 out of 5

    K Fray

    …What, you really expected me to read some other book next? NOT WHEN THE HUMAN IS COMING OUT TOMORROW, MY FRIENDS. I MUST BE PREPARED. *coughs* But in all honesty, after the cliffhanger of THE FATE, there really wasn’t anything else I wanted to read more than this. We take the reins behind Michaela, the Reaper friend of Penn’s, for this book. Cool! This was going to be awesome! …Oh, poor naive me. You thought you were getting something resolved. Michaela was one of my favorite sideline characters …What, you really expected me to read some other book next? NOT WHEN THE HUMAN IS COMING OUT TOMORROW, MY FRIENDS. I MUST BE PREPARED. *coughs* But in all honesty, after the cliffhanger of THE FATE, there really wasn’t anything else I wanted to read more than this. We take the reins behind Michaela, the Reaper friend of Penn’s, for this book. Cool! This was going to be awesome! …Oh, poor naive me. You thought you were getting something resolved. Michaela was one of my favorite sideline characters from THE FATE, so I was more than happy to pick up with her. The first few chapters recap the end of Penn’s tale–just from Michaela’s perspective–which is a very nicely done thing. (For people who didn’t read the first book mere hours before this one. But whatever.) She has dire news for Penn about Kismet, and it’s not something that can wait. I don’t want to go into too much detail, since I don’t want to spoil either this book or THE FATE, just in case you’re reading this before you read FATE (what are you doing; please stop), but let’s just say it jumps in with both feet and hits the ground running. We get much more depth into the Reapers and how they work, how the concept of Hell is managed in this world, and a very dark look at what some will do when pushed too far. What we find out about Kismet is rather nail-biting, and not entirely resolved by the end, but we’ll see how that goes. (I’d love to say I refuse to believe that Kismet is stuck, but…a bunch of books lately have stabbed me in the heart and laughed, sooooo…) Plus we get to see something dramatic/bad/brilliant happen to Webber. God I hate Webber so much. SO much. …have I mentioned I hate Webber? I’ll admit to seeing at least half of the final twist coming, though the second half was more of a surprise. Given all of the hints dropped about the character in question, it stands to reason that we’d find them exactly where we do. As for the second half…I will be VERY interested to see how that pans out, and to find some explanations as to how it is possible. …and then the ending. Ms. Erickson, queen of the Very Dramatic Cliffhanger. I told her and I’ll tell you all. I got to the end of the book, and assumed it was the end of a chapter. And then I turned a page, and got ending notes. I threw up my hands in shock, my Kindle getting tossed into the air and a few feet away down the couch, as I said–aloud, and with some good volume behind it, “WHAT? NO, THAT CAN’T BE THE END, DAMMIT STEPHANIE I AM MAD AT YOU *fumbles for phone* I’M GOING TO TELL YOU ON TWITTER HOW MAD I AM AT YOU.” My parents watched on in complete confusion. This is what I get for reading while visiting. It does make me incredibly glad that The Human is scheduled to come out tomorrow, May 29th. If I’d had to wait as long as others… I shudder to think. I would be so unhappy. From the small part I saw at the end of REAPER (no I didn’t read the extra chapters at the end; I’d just be a tease to myself) it looks like the perspective is going to change by chapter, but I think is both an excellent idea, and likely necessary for what this book is going to need to do. There is a lot happening, and many plots to weave together, and I don’t think one person can cover it all. I’m excited. Very few books make me anticipate release dates. It’s nice to have this spurring me on. You’re lucky, Ms. Erickson. I don’t have much spending money…but there’s no way I’m waiting on this. It’ll be worth the price, no matter what the price may be. Rating: ***** (Highest Recommendation)

  9. 4 out of 5

    The Literary Connoisseur

    In all honesty, I was a bit nervous to start Stephanie Erickson's The Reaper, her latest installment of The Children of Wisdom series. I am a huge fan of Ms Erickson's (huge, HUGE fan), but I felt let down recently when I read book one of the series, The Fate. I don't know what it was for sure, but I do know that there were aspects of The Reaper that made me realize what I was missing from my perception of The Fate. When I started The Reaper, I was afraid that it would miss that mark. The mark th In all honesty, I was a bit nervous to start Stephanie Erickson's The Reaper, her latest installment of The Children of Wisdom series. I am a huge fan of Ms Erickson's (huge, HUGE fan), but I felt let down recently when I read book one of the series, The Fate. I don't know what it was for sure, but I do know that there were aspects of The Reaper that made me realize what I was missing from my perception of The Fate. When I started The Reaper, I was afraid that it would miss that mark. The mark that Ms Erickson's Unseen made me feel. It's not that The Fate was missing that completely either, because I obviously enjoyed it enough to welcome The Reaper with open arms. And when I finally did start Michaela, the Reaper's, story, I was a goner. I fell in love with Michaela and her story so much, I just could NOT put the book down. Every time I was forced to accomplish mundane tasks such as eating, using the bathroom, and socializing with family, my mind would wander off to Heaven, Hell, and Earth. "Who is causing all of these souls to become imprisoned?" "What will happen to ghosts doomed to wander Earth for all of eternity?" "Why, Webber?! WHY?" I was fascinated with her life as a Reaper. I was sweating every time she had to break into and out of Hell. I wanted to cry every time she had to escort a soul from Earth into Heaven. This book had me experiencing every single emotion possible, and all in under 200 pages. I miss her. I actually miss her. As disappointed as I was that The Fate didn't capture my interest as much as Ms Erickson's other stories, I can now firmly state that The Reaper has rectified any previously conceived notions I established when I first started this series. I am chomping at the bit to get my hands on her third installment of the series, The Human. I positively cannot wait to revisit Michaela, and hopefully get some answers and a happily ever after!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Barnard

    “We only fail if we give up.” (Kindle Location 2005). Penn is back, but it is Michaela the Reaper who tells the story in this second installment of the Children of Fate. The “surprises” that have shown up on the Reaper’s lists for weeks now, keep on coming. Who is cutting lives short? Michaela found these surprise souls in a limbo prison in hell and not in heaven where they belong. She can’t fix this by herself, so she gets Penn and the other Fates to help her get to the bottom of the mystery. Is “We only fail if we give up.” (Kindle Location 2005). Penn is back, but it is Michaela the Reaper who tells the story in this second installment of the Children of Fate. The “surprises” that have shown up on the Reaper’s lists for weeks now, keep on coming. Who is cutting lives short? Michaela found these surprise souls in a limbo prison in hell and not in heaven where they belong. She can’t fix this by herself, so she gets Penn and the other Fates to help her get to the bottom of the mystery. Is it too late to save these souls? Will there be more lives cut short? Who is to blame? Why isn’t G-d doing something about it? The Reaper continues where The Fate left off, but through the eyes of Michaela and not of Penn. The cliffhanger and less than satisfying ending in The Fate is replicated in book two. Loose threads were not tied up, but they are beginning to unravel to their tips. We get more of the story behind the main love story found in book one. The end of the Reaper is like that of a serial episode and not like that of a full novel. The cliffhanger is more abrupt. The final scene is more abrupt. The pacing of this overall series is not predictable. I would have liked to see the Children of Wisdom not as multiple books, but as serials or one book. I like how Stephanie Erickson shows us heaven, hell, and the places in between. The world building is just enough to show us everything the characters see and know and feel. I also love her ‘rules’ for the Fates and the various types of people who live and work in this afterlife (beforelife?). Demons are not to be trusted. Reapers are compassionate. Fates can work wonders with their hands. Overall it was a fun book and I look forward to reading the third book in this series. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author and this is an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Deeann Pullman

    I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. This is the second in the series of the children of wisdom by Stephanie Erickson. I have just barely started reading this authors books and can I just say WOW I read tons and tons of books and have only read from authors I like to read I took a chance with the first one in this series The Fate and loved it. Now The Reaper has set a new high record for me as the most wicked cliffhanger that is about to drive me nuts until I can read book I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. This is the second in the series of the children of wisdom by Stephanie Erickson. I have just barely started reading this authors books and can I just say WOW I read tons and tons of books and have only read from authors I like to read I took a chance with the first one in this series The Fate and loved it. Now The Reaper has set a new high record for me as the most wicked cliffhanger that is about to drive me nuts until I can read book 3, this Author has some mad skills when it comes to cliffhangers. Her stories so far flow well there's hardly any misspelled words the characters are consistent so i diffently suggest read the first so you understand the whole plot and characters. We have a point of view from a different character named Michaela who is helping Penn figure out why the people that were created with long beautiful life's have had their lives cut short before their time that they should die and ending up in heaven and or missing from heaven as Penn and Michaela are trying to find some answers Penn gets caught by his sister fates that he's back in heaven and by Webber who had a thing to try and think he could be better then Penn at Penn's job. Webber decides to help him as so does his sister fates help him. When Michaela delivers one the names on her reaper list to hell she discovers certain people that were missing from heaven trapped in hells prison of souls now they have to figure out how to save them along with making sure they don't get trapped them selves they also find out whole is behind it and they are surprised to find out its of there own that Michaela works with and human it's a must read because you'll have to wait for the third book to find out who they are.

  12. 5 out of 5

    C. Erani Kole

    *received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review* Wow, this was not what I was expecting. I didn't read the synopsis or what other reviewers were saying, which is why I was caught off guard when the story took on a different POV. At first I was a bit saddened because I was so looking forward to Penn, but almost immediately afterwards, I quickly took to being in Michaela's mind, the reaper who helps Penn in book one. A little different, much more reserved than my favorite heavenly *received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review* Wow, this was not what I was expecting. I didn't read the synopsis or what other reviewers were saying, which is why I was caught off guard when the story took on a different POV. At first I was a bit saddened because I was so looking forward to Penn, but almost immediately afterwards, I quickly took to being in Michaela's mind, the reaper who helps Penn in book one. A little different, much more reserved than my favorite heavenly being, but surprisingly more emotional than she let on in the first book. I loved her dedication to finding out who was messing with her life's work. The story had an awesome flow of releasing its secrets as your turned the page, building up its climax to a bit of a slow but nonetheless satisfying pace. It felt slower than the first one, but maybe that's just because there was romance in The Fate, so I was a little more involved. And it's Penn lol. With this it was more mystery and getting into the reaper's way of existence and seeing the stakes as they truly are from one of Heaven's residents who takes her love for her duty very seriously. I enjoyed the story and my heart totally plummeted at the end with the cliffhanger. It was a very elegant way of telling a story with subtle intensity and suspense that gripped me at the climax. I recommend this book because it's different, has a interesting take on heavenly beings and has a really nice way of drawing you in, for those who love to read in a way you sip and savor that favorite drink. Definite recommend.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Charity Ayres

    What a unique, wonderful storyline! This is book 2 in the series/trilogy. In this book, we follow the e exploits of Michaela, the reaper. #### POSSIBLE SPOILERS #### In order to help the souls that are inexplicably having their life threads cut short by an unknown person/force, Michaela relies on banished-returned Fate, Penn to find out whatever he can while she continues to reap souls including "surprise" additions. She knows that good souls are being held in a prison purgatory just inside hell, b What a unique, wonderful storyline! This is book 2 in the series/trilogy. In this book, we follow the e exploits of Michaela, the reaper. #### POSSIBLE SPOILERS #### In order to help the souls that are inexplicably having their life threads cut short by an unknown person/force, Michaela relies on banished-returned Fate, Penn to find out whatever he can while she continues to reap souls including "surprise" additions. She knows that good souls are being held in a prison purgatory just inside hell, but has to find out how, why, and who is doing it while risking her and Penn's very existence. Add to that a missing reaper and fellow reapers not gathering souls which is creating a surplus of miserable, needy ghosts on the human plane partnered with trapped souls that will fade if not rescued and Michaela has her work cut out for her. This is an excellent second novel that moved possibly faster than the first book! I'm so glad that I already have book three to keep going because I need to see how this turns out! Total page-Turner and fresh look at angels and angelkind.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maryann Sims

    I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book. I had a little trouble when I first started to read this book, it is the second in a series, the first one being The Fate, with one more coming out in June, knows as The Human. The reason I had trouble was the first book was told by Penn, a Fate banished for spinning a thread that did not work. The nest one is where Michaela steps in. She continues the story forward from where she brings Penn back to Heaven after he is banished t I received this book for free in exchange for a review of the book. I had a little trouble when I first started to read this book, it is the second in a series, the first one being The Fate, with one more coming out in June, knows as The Human. The reason I had trouble was the first book was told by Penn, a Fate banished for spinning a thread that did not work. The nest one is where Michaela steps in. She continues the story forward from where she brings Penn back to Heaven after he is banished to earth. She does this for a reason, she has found what was lost and now needs Penn's help. The other Fates go along, but Webber, pride gets him into trouble, of the worst kind. There is a great chase through hell that has you on the edge. But the ending not what you want to believe, trust me. Leaving a lot of room for the story to continue with the next book. Which I believe will be worth getting.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    The first book was about Penn, the Fate that spun the threads of life. When he falls in love with one of his creations and makes a horrendous mistake, God banishes him to earth. There he manages to meet the woman he had fallen in love with, as well as the soul mate he had created for her. He can't imagine being happier. Then they both die before their time. Something has gone terribly wrong. In this second book, we follow the Reaper who discovers that there is more going on than just people dying The first book was about Penn, the Fate that spun the threads of life. When he falls in love with one of his creations and makes a horrendous mistake, God banishes him to earth. There he manages to meet the woman he had fallen in love with, as well as the soul mate he had created for her. He can't imagine being happier. Then they both die before their time. Something has gone terribly wrong. In this second book, we follow the Reaper who discovers that there is more going on than just people dying before their time. Someone has been taking souls bound for Heaven and trapping them in Purgatory. Which shouldn't be possible since God closed Purgatory a very long time ago. I found this book to be incredibly exciting. The characters motives are easy to understand. The journey just tugs at your heart and you want to see them win. With most books, I can find something I would have liked to see done differently. This is not one of them. I loved this book and can't wait for the third.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I like that this story was told through Michaela point of view. She was an interesting character in “The Fate” and we get to learn more about her, the responsibilities of a Reaper and the consequences of not doing them. It all helps to form the bigger picture for the story. There were hints that Michaela was so much more than just a reaper and we kind of get to see that during the story. We are also introduced to some new characters that I am hoping will make another appearance in the next book. I like that this story was told through Michaela point of view. She was an interesting character in “The Fate” and we get to learn more about her, the responsibilities of a Reaper and the consequences of not doing them. It all helps to form the bigger picture for the story. There were hints that Michaela was so much more than just a reaper and we kind of get to see that during the story. We are also introduced to some new characters that I am hoping will make another appearance in the next book. To be honest I was a little annoyed that the story was stretched by attempts to rescue Webber and the souls. I was also annoyed by the fact that it ended on a cliffhanger. We have been waiting since the first book to rescue Kimset and the others and now we have to wait until the next book. But as annoying as this was the story was still really good and I enjoyed it and I will be reading the next book when it comes out because I am curious as hell to find out how she pulled this off.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Barden

    First, the legalities...I received an advance copy of this book from the author for an honest review. Now onward! I really liked The Reaper better than The Fate (although that was very good). This time, the story is continued through the eyes of Michaela, the reaper friend of Penn the fate. There's something fishy going on--human lives are being shortened than they were originally supposed to be. Some reapers are committing mutiny--maybe going on strike would be a better phrase. Oh, and Michaela, First, the legalities...I received an advance copy of this book from the author for an honest review. Now onward! I really liked The Reaper better than The Fate (although that was very good). This time, the story is continued through the eyes of Michaela, the reaper friend of Penn the fate. There's something fishy going on--human lives are being shortened than they were originally supposed to be. Some reapers are committing mutiny--maybe going on strike would be a better phrase. Oh, and Michaela, Penn, and company take a romp through hell to find some answers to their many questions. The problem is that we are left wanting more. We are given a little more meat to the story but just enough withheld to beg for more. I can guess that if book 1 was from Penn's viewpoint and book 2 was from Michaela, then book 3 will be...Well, we will have to wait for June for the 3rd installment, The Human.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book in a trilogy, and as such it ends in a cliffhanger. I will be eagerly waiting for the third and final book in the series. The Reaper focuses on the continuing saga of heavenly beings amidst a problem occurring in the heavens. A large portion of this story is based in hell, and I found the authors descriptions of hell both interesting and terrifying. I'm giving it four out of five mainly becaus I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book in a trilogy, and as such it ends in a cliffhanger. I will be eagerly waiting for the third and final book in the series. The Reaper focuses on the continuing saga of heavenly beings amidst a problem occurring in the heavens. A large portion of this story is based in hell, and I found the authors descriptions of hell both interesting and terrifying. I'm giving it four out of five mainly because it suffers from the same issues all second books in trilogy's suffer from and I dislike strongly the cliffhanger aspect.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julie Lavalle

    I received this as an ARC for an honest review. WOW - this one had me engulfed from the moment I started reading. The writing flow of this portion of the series flowed so well. It is a good 4-4.5 Star read for me. Michaela is the Reaper that must go and collect all of the souls. I loved how you could really feel the empathy she felt every time she had to go retrieve someone. She truly has a beautiful soul, not sure if that is possible but you get what I'm trying to say I hope. The plot of this stor I received this as an ARC for an honest review. WOW - this one had me engulfed from the moment I started reading. The writing flow of this portion of the series flowed so well. It is a good 4-4.5 Star read for me. Michaela is the Reaper that must go and collect all of the souls. I loved how you could really feel the empathy she felt every time she had to go retrieve someone. She truly has a beautiful soul, not sure if that is possible but you get what I'm trying to say I hope. The plot of this story just keeps you going and then when it ends you will be like come on really right there WTH. But in such a good way!!! Well done Stephanie, well done!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Griffith

    I received an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Continuing the Children of Wisdom series, book two "The Reaper" doesn't disappoint. It is told in from the perspective of the Reaper, Michaela. She and the banished Fate Penn gather allies, both heavenly and earth bound, in order to put a stop to the rash of "surprises" popping up on the Reapers list. These are the poor souls who've had their threads cut all too prematurely. This book literally takes you to hell and I received an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Continuing the Children of Wisdom series, book two "The Reaper" doesn't disappoint. It is told in from the perspective of the Reaper, Michaela. She and the banished Fate Penn gather allies, both heavenly and earth bound, in order to put a stop to the rash of "surprises" popping up on the Reapers list. These are the poor souls who've had their threads cut all too prematurely. This book literally takes you to hell and back, reunites you with "old friends" from the first book, and introduces you to new ones. I absolutely recommend the series and anxiously await the release of the final installment.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brie

    I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. A great new addition to the series! I couldn't put this book down! I had to know how the story continued. The story picks up where The Fate leaves off. We now see the plot from the POV of the reaper, Michaela. The action never lets up and when you think it can't get better, it does! I loved the roller coaster that it takes you on and leaves you hanging with an awesome cliffhanger. You are just clamoring to see where this story I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. A great new addition to the series! I couldn't put this book down! I had to know how the story continued. The story picks up where The Fate leaves off. We now see the plot from the POV of the reaper, Michaela. The action never lets up and when you think it can't get better, it does! I loved the roller coaster that it takes you on and leaves you hanging with an awesome cliffhanger. You are just clamoring to see where this story goes next. I can't wait to find out more about the Human in the next book. Highly recommend this book, but read The Fate first.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary K

    Michaela is a reaper. She helps humans leave this world and transition to the next. She makes a startling discovery that changes everything. Pure souls are being stolen and imprisoned. She needs to rescue them. Can she and the Fates save those souls being tortured? This exhilarating adventure continues the story that started in The Fate. This is an incredible series filled with unforgettable characters and an intriguing plot. The vivid imagery pulled me into the story. I couldn't stop reading. B Michaela is a reaper. She helps humans leave this world and transition to the next. She makes a startling discovery that changes everything. Pure souls are being stolen and imprisoned. She needs to rescue them. Can she and the Fates save those souls being tortured? This exhilarating adventure continues the story that started in The Fate. This is an incredible series filled with unforgettable characters and an intriguing plot. The vivid imagery pulled me into the story. I couldn't stop reading. Be aware that The Reaper ends with a cliffhanger. I'm ready for the next story in The Children Of Wisdom series. I need answers.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Bowen

    This book is told by Michaela one of Heaven's Reapers. There have been people dying that it's not their time as determined by the Fates. They call them suprises and there have been quite a few of them. Between her, the exiled Fate Penn and the other Fates they set out to figure out why this is happening. We follow a few trips to Hell as they set about righting the wrong. This does end in a cliffhanger as did the Fate but I look forward to the next one. If you haven't read the Fate you need to re This book is told by Michaela one of Heaven's Reapers. There have been people dying that it's not their time as determined by the Fates. They call them suprises and there have been quite a few of them. Between her, the exiled Fate Penn and the other Fates they set out to figure out why this is happening. We follow a few trips to Hell as they set about righting the wrong. This does end in a cliffhanger as did the Fate but I look forward to the next one. If you haven't read the Fate you need to read it first so you have an idea of what has happened.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristie Beeson

    I received this book for free for my honest review. This book did not disappoint. After reading the first book, this one just fell in step. The decision to change the first person character for this book was a genius idea. it adds so many extra layers to read from a different perspective. I was on the edge of my seat, then.... the cliffhanger, . which only strengthens my desire to get my hands on the next book. Only a few months away. I highly recommend this book, and book 1 The Fate. Any lover I received this book for free for my honest review. This book did not disappoint. After reading the first book, this one just fell in step. The decision to change the first person character for this book was a genius idea. it adds so many extra layers to read from a different perspective. I was on the edge of my seat, then.... the cliffhanger, . which only strengthens my desire to get my hands on the next book. Only a few months away. I highly recommend this book, and book 1 The Fate. Any lover of fantasy will truly enjoy this.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rhea

    Stephanie Erickson is one of my favorite storytellers. Her stories are compelling and suspenseful. When I read The Fate, it was unlike any of her other books and I couldn't wait for the next installment. The Reaper was even better.. I loved this second of the trilogy. Michaela is an engrossing character and I was so into the story, I didn't notice I was near the end until I hit it. I turned the page and saw "Coming Soon" and I literally gasped "What???" I was so involved in the book, the end snu Stephanie Erickson is one of my favorite storytellers. Her stories are compelling and suspenseful. When I read The Fate, it was unlike any of her other books and I couldn't wait for the next installment. The Reaper was even better.. I loved this second of the trilogy. Michaela is an engrossing character and I was so into the story, I didn't notice I was near the end until I hit it. I turned the page and saw "Coming Soon" and I literally gasped "What???" I was so involved in the book, the end snuck up on me. Luckily, the third and final part was not far away.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carol Fitzgerald

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Oh my, I couldn't wait for this book to come out so I could find out more about what happened to Kismet, Andrew and Penn. This book kept me guessing and cheering and cringing and crying all at the right moments. I applaud Stephanie Erickson and her writing. I have not been disappointed with one of her books yet and don't expect to be in the future. Looking forward to the next book in the trilogy. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Oh my, I couldn't wait for this book to come out so I could find out more about what happened to Kismet, Andrew and Penn. This book kept me guessing and cheering and cringing and crying all at the right moments. I applaud Stephanie Erickson and her writing. I have not been disappointed with one of her books yet and don't expect to be in the future. Looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Doris Marie

    The second book in the Children of Wisdom series comes out swinging hard. It is unusual to find a sequel that surpasses the original story but M's. Erickson manages to weave the threads of storytelling beautifully. The return of these characters sees them trying to avert disaster in Hell the best way they know how. The book starts strong and continues fast paced. This is one you won't be able to put down. The story will capture your interest immediately and leave you craving more. The second book in the Children of Wisdom series comes out swinging hard. It is unusual to find a sequel that surpasses the original story but M's. Erickson manages to weave the threads of storytelling beautifully. The return of these characters sees them trying to avert disaster in Hell the best way they know how. The book starts strong and continues fast paced. This is one you won't be able to put down. The story will capture your interest immediately and leave you craving more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karie Mathiesen

    LOVE this book!!! I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. I thought it was awesome!! It was cool hearing it from a different point of view. I won't give anything away but there was a lot of action and the way it ended was a pure cliffhanger!!! I didn't expect it to end the way it did. Definitely worth reading!!! I would recommend to anyone!! Doesn't disappoint at all. Cannot wait till the next one!! Hoping it won't be too long. LOVE this book!!! I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. I thought it was awesome!! It was cool hearing it from a different point of view. I won't give anything away but there was a lot of action and the way it ended was a pure cliffhanger!!! I didn't expect it to end the way it did. Definitely worth reading!!! I would recommend to anyone!! Doesn't disappoint at all. Cannot wait till the next one!! Hoping it won't be too long.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rayandsarah White

    Must read Let me start off by saying I received a free advanced copy in return for an honest review. I read the book and loved the character development. In fact I loved the book so much I felt obligated to purchase a copy anyway after its release . Yes I finished reading my free copy but enjoyed the story and characters so much I felt the need to reward the author by purchasing it anyway. I feel the book is that good. Buy it and you will agree

  30. 5 out of 5

    czai

    possibly 2.5. the progression of the story is slow. the ending was a cliffhanger -- unconclusive && unsatisfying. Webber's stay in hell felt unnecessary. this prequel suffered middle-book-syndrome. had a few questionable moments -- like why is 'God' not even helping? just giving some pep talk or something && why are the angels just letting things happen right there in heaven? WHY? possibly a mini-review soon :) possibly 2.5. the progression of the story is slow. the ending was a cliffhanger -- unconclusive && unsatisfying. Webber's stay in hell felt unnecessary. this prequel suffered middle-book-syndrome. had a few questionable moments -- like why is 'God' not even helping? just giving some pep talk or something && why are the angels just letting things happen right there in heaven? WHY? possibly a mini-review soon :)

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