Review by: Morgan HobbesDark & Day 2: The Withering Mark written by Jacob Israel Grey finds us in a world trying to recover from the events in book 1. Some seeds of distrust are still around, but generally, everyone is trying to get along and put their past prejudices behind them.
This book felt a little slower than the first book, at least until the action kicked up a notch. At that point, I really didn't want to stop listening. The slower opening stands to reason though, given that things have settled down towards normalcy. The world and characters which fill it are interesting, each feeling like unique personalities in the own right, which means a lot of thought has been put into them.
Jono, our hero from the first book, now has a group of good friends who are trying hard to do well at Windom Academy but are seemingly being thwarted in their attempts to succeed. The hard-won peace of the world begins to unravel with a resurgence from "the Tombs" - a secret terrorist organization known bent on causing chaos.
This was a solid sequel to the first, with plenty of action once things got moving. I'm quite glad there are more books in the series that are already ready to listen to! Narration by Wayne Farrell is on-par with his delivery in the first book, easy to listen to and immersive.
Be sure to read our Interview with Jacob Israel Grey, the author of the series for more insights into these books! I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I have not let this gift affect nor influence my opinions of this audiobook and have left an honest review.