The Secret City is the second book of the Alchemist Chronicles written by authors C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld. The series is a young adult fantasy series based around alchemy and curses. In the first book we met Taylor Montclair and Sacha Winters who lived in different countries but had met online when their teachers set them up for tutoring sessions. Taylor was an overachiever student who took the assignment for the extra credit and Sacha was slacking off in school but it’s found that is because he had found out he was cursed and set to die on his eighteenth birthday.
Taylor had vowed to help Sacha break his curse before his upcoming birthday when they found out that it was Taylor’s ancestor that had placed the curse and both of them were the thirteenth child in their respective bloodlines and that the curse should end this generation after Sacha’s death. Taylor also finds that she herself is an alchemist and now with this story picking up right where the first book left off Taylor is beginning to study her abilities at Oxford’s St Wilfred’s College where the two had fled.
The Secret City was actually a great continuation of a story that I found quite interesting. The story grew quite nicely in this second edition adding in other characters into the mix to help Taylor and Sacha and keeping up quite a bit of action all throughout. There was a budding romance between the main characters but thankfully it was just left to grow over the course of the books and not the usual insta-love found in this genre.
The one thing I did find with this second installment was that having been over a year since reading the first book I felt it lacked reminding the reader what had progressed in the first book. I could remember liking the story and characters but the way it jumped right in I ended up going back and giving the first book a quick reread. But that’s really a small complaint leaving me rating this book at 4.5 stars and looking forward to reading if the story continues.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.