Before the Devil Breaks You (Diviners #3) by Libba Bray
Myth: 4 /5
All I can say is “things escalated quickly.” Book three of Libba Bray’s Diviner series dives into the growing threat of the dead, how the diviners came to be and how the past is doomed to repeat itself.
I loved how this book dove right into the history of our diviners and started to give us a lot more color around the past generation of the government branch that researched them. However, while we did get a lot of questions answered, I’d say we have a dozen new, more interesting questions that now need to be answered. Libba Bray has said that this will be a series of four books, and she definitely built everything up for the big finale.
I think that I enjoyed Evie’s character development the most. You may remember that I did not think much of her after the first book. She was the party girl, always in search of a good time, which made her selfish to boot (look at me, picking up the lingo). We definitely saw her character awareness in this installment, as well as the driving force behind her behavior, I’d say we also started to see her long for change, but I don’t expect that battle to be won overnight.
I also liked that the diviners grew together as a group. There is definitely an ‘Island of Misfit Toys’ vibe going on, and I enjoyed that even in the moments of social and political darkness, our group of eclectic diviners could stand strong together.
Magic 4 /5
Our diviners learned that not only do they have power, but that they’re more powerful together. I’m sure this will be important for the final battle, but was also super important for the team as they started to face hostility from the general public.
We also got to see the group try and do the right thing with their power (likely after doing the wrong thing a bunch of times), but still, “with great power, comes great responsibility” and we see the diviners learn that fast, while some of their elders in the book are still struggling with the concept….cough cough Jake Marlowe….
Overall 4/ 5
Can’t wait to see how it ends. A great build up with a climax that packs a punch (nudge nudge, wink wink).