First things first, I need to say a huge thank you to Curiosity Quills publishing, for inviting me to take part in this blog tour!
I actually received ‘Treasure, Darkly’ on NetGalley way, way back in February – unfortunately it expired before I realised, so I didn’t have any way of reading it. The premise stuck in my mind, though, so as soon as I saw the second novel was coming out I knew I had to jump on board. I’m going to write a more in-depth review of ‘Treasure, Darkly’, which will be spoiler-filled, but I’m going to keep my ‘Born of Treasure’ review as spoiler free as I can (which could be tricky, as it’s the second novel in the series).
Starting off quite soon after ‘Treasure, Darkly’ concludes, we join Clark and Amethyst on their quest across the country to locate Clark’s father’s inventions. The novel starts with Clark attempting to retrieve a pocket watch that forecasts the weather – it was taken by a Tarnished Silver (a prostitute) nearly twenty years ago, but has ended up in the hands of an obsessive clock collector. He comes back and catches Clark in his storeroom, resulting in a high speed chase with a gun being waved around. Surprisingly, Clark manages to cover his tracks without senselessly murdering the clock smith: this means I was already pleasantly surprised with the direction that the novel was taking.
Because Captain Greenwood’s involvement in the novel was so beautifully set up at the end of the first book, it’s no surprise when he turns up at the Treasure ranch and starts inquiring about Clark – where he is, where he came from and what exactly they know about his past. Jeremiah starts getting very suspicious of the Captain and goes to his hometown to investigate him with his new girlfriend, Alyssa – by the time they return, the entire family are on the run because the Captain attempted to apprehend Clark, but the Treasures defended him as though he was one of their own and followed him on his uncertain escape.
This means a lot of the novel is much more high tension adventure than the first book. There are no rambling sections filled with erotic fantasies between potential siblings, because the wedding seems to have calmed Clark and Amethyst down completely (and being on the run with their entire family doesn’t really put them in the amorous mood). There’s a lot of teamwork, with all of the Treasures coming up with ideas on what they should do to escape from the army and regain their freedom, and it’s a brilliant portrait of a family that has difficulties that are overcome by love. Because the entire family are so focused on survival, the frictions that had appeared in the first novel are all reconciled – even Jeremiah, not on the run with them but at home attempting to keep control of Garth’s assets, wants to protect Clark and gets very defensive when the Captain starts investigating him.
Yes, there were still some bits that annoyed me, but they were few and far between in this book. I don’t want to go too much into what happens in the rest of the novel, because I really do think this is one that’s exciting and will work much better if you don’t know too much about what happens. Just know that the writing style is as well-crafted as it is in the first novel, but this installment is much more plot based than character based. The setting is realistic and wonderfully described, and the character development is all natural and realistic – in the first novel there were a few changes that I wasn’t too happy with, but in the second novel they all seem to go through character arcs that make them stronger and much more three-dimensional as people.
I do really enjoy Jordan Elizabeth’s writing style, and I’m sincerely hoping there may be another inclusion to this series – it got stronger in the second installment, which is something that doesn’t happen all that often! It leaves me excited to see what else could potentially happen in this world. I think I’ve really fallen for all of the characters, and I don’t want to leave them behind!
I’d just like to thank Curiosity Quills publishing once more, for allowing me to participate in this blog tour – I really did enjoy the Treasure Chronicles.