Review: SCHISM


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Title & Series: SCHISM (Gifted #2)
Author: Jenna Black
Release date: November 18, 2015
Publisher: IGLA
Pages: 346
Formats: eBook


As his power grows, so does his malice.
No one is safe. No one can fight back …
…But they can die trying.

Unforgiving and power-maddened Alberto di Tommaso threatens to take over all of Europe with his iron fist and sinister magic, endangering the very existence of the Gifted. As Alberto’s influence and his vile agenda spread, the rebel Patriarch, Matt Landy, and some unlikely allies must stop him before he provokes a war the Gifted cannot win. But with Congress and Homeland Security starting to turn against the American Gifted, the conflict is destined to be greater than any of them imagines. This time, good may not stand a chance against an evil so toxic.

But they will fight.


NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Review

SCHISM is dark, intense, intriguing, chilling. It is not a story for the faint of heart. It is at times harsh, brutal, shocking. It has aspects that mirror both the frightening reality of today’s world and the one of the past. It is an exceptionally well-crafted and well-written story that will give you a lot to think about and a lot to hope for.

With a number of interesting and compelling characters, all with differing agendas, motivations, and abilities, it is guaranteed to keep you captivated. Its fascinating and intricate plot will keep you on edge, keep you guessing, keep your curiosity piqued. And its killer cliffhanger ending will leave you desperate for the next installment even while you’re nervous about what is to come.

The schism that divided the Order between the more moderate Gifted and those wishing for a return to the old ways was only just the beginning of the end to their way of life. Patriarch Alberto di Tommaso’s radical and ruthless actions not only created an even bigger rift but served to put each and every one of the Gifted under a microscope. He single-handedly managed to rapidly destroy the fragile acceptance by the unGifted that took years to achieve. And he cared not one iota about the repercussions.

Not when it was nearly impossible to kill a Patriarch. Not when he had an entire country under his control. Not when Gifted and unGifted alike quaked in fear of him. Not when he felt invincible even in the face of so many new enemies and potential threats.

Jenna Black has created a remarkable story and series. It is complex and exciting and richly detailed. She combines elements of the paranormal with those of a political thriller. She incorporates spirituality and morality into this provocative and thought-provoking tale.

She doesn’t soften the barbarity of her character’s actions, decisions, orders, to make for an easier, more pleasant read. She paints a violent and disturbing picture at times, but not one that is unnecessarily so. There are no holds barred. It is raw and real and completely unvarnished. It is an absolutely incredible sequel.

A cruel, megalomaniac of a ruler, a country in turmoil, a people divided, a faith put to the test, unfair and unjust punishments meted out, fear running rampant, SCHISM promises to take you on one heck of a wild ride. And with unexpected alliances, dangerous manipulations, deadly schemes, powerful gifts, and characters to love and hate, it will be a ride you won’t want to see end.

The Rating


Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

About Jenna Black


Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she’s an “experience junkie.” She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University.

Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating.

Concluding that this discovery was her life’s work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. Among her other experiences . . .

  • Ballroom dancing.
  • Traveling all seven continents. Yes, even Antarctica.
  • Becoming a Life Master in Bridge.
  • Singing in a barbershop chorus.

Read the true story of Jenna’s first trip out of the country by herself at the age of 16: Jenna’s Zaire Adventure. And remember, insanity is a good thing for a writer.

She’s also a proud member of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, and would love for her readers to support her fellow authors!

Jenna is represented by Miriam Kriss, of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.


Other Books in the Series


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Title & Series: THE GIFTED DEAD (Gifted #1)
Author: Jenna Black
Release date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Aardwolf Press
Pages: 410
Formats: Paperback, eBook



They have all the power.
They make all the decisions.
But now, corruption is blazing through the Order…
…and nobody is safe.

With three European families and an American maverick plotting to seize control of the Order, a power struggle breaks out, creating deception and distrust among the Gifted.  A cutthroat game of political intrigue will decide the winner. The stakes couldn’t be higher as the Order carries with it the power to grant—or deny—an afterlife.

On the cusp of an all-out war for power, magic could suddenly prove deadlier than any missile.


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