This book was reviewed for Lola’s Blog Tours
Allies is the third in the Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus series featuring Lily Singer and Sebastian Blackwell. While still full of delightful snark, especially by Kip, things with LeFay are really starting to heat up and take a darker turn. As with the previous books, this one is separated into three parts alternating between the Lily and Sebastian.
During the first part, Lily meets a new family member, an uncle named Allen. Brilliant but exceedingly eccentric, Allen lives a hermit lifestyle. No sooner had Lily met this uncle, than he is snatched away by his estranged brother, Lily’s demented father John Faust. The middle story is Sebastian’s. He and Tina are pursuing a different lead towards LeFay, by looking into a series of suspicious missing persons cases spanning years. What they find is horrific. The last story finds Lily and her small band ready to confront John Faust and retrieve Allen. Things don’t work quite as planned of course. They retrieve Lily’s uncle, but at great cost.
These books just keep getting better. They also keep getting darker. LeFay is proving ever more ruthless in his search for his ancestor’s location, and in putting his plans of wizard domination in motion. Murder, kidnapping, and a callous programme of eugenics are simply par for the course. I am very much looking forward to reading the next in the series. There is still so much to learn about Sebastian and his past, and with the mysterious force that gifted Kip with speech.