The Harmony Scroll (Stella Hunter Series: Book 2) by Edita A. Petrick

The Harmony Scroll (Peacetaker Series Book 2) by [Petrick, Edita A.]

Publisher: Edita A. Petrick

Date of publication: August 10th 2015

Where the book can be found: Amazon 

Series: The Stella Hunter Series

Book 1 – Ribbons of Death

Book 2 – The Harmony Scroll 

Book 3 – The Byzantine Connection

Book synopsis (via Goodreads):

Every curse must have means to lift it…

Mythology fiction is a good academic topic. Stella Hunter has made it into a life-time pursuit. That’s why she insists that every mythological curse must have means to lift it…or so she hopes.

If she’s wrong, a child will live his life teetering on the edge of the abyss. It’s why she stubbornly insists that there is hope, even when all evidence points to the contrary.

This time, however, the artifact that has the power to remove the curse is as controversial as the history surrounding it. It is not ancient. Merely historical. And the Vatican has spent centuries denying its existence—or its magical power. Those church historians who dare to include any information about its existence in their books are excommunicated—and ultimately perish in accidents. Stella is given a warning to cease her pursuit when mere minutes after she and her family leave her friend’s house, it goes up in flames.

From Rome to the French Riviera and across the Channel to an obscure village in England, where a shady US industrialist plans to join his corporate empire with that of a French aristocrat known as a terrorist financier, the quest turns into a pulse-pounding action.

Unlike most supernatural thriller books, this page-turning adventure involves not just Carter and Stella but their adopted son, Gabriel, who has no idea just how unique he is.

Then suddenly, the trail of the artifact that the Vatican wants so badly to destroy, they send one of the ‘dead-and-buried’ assassins after Stella and Carter, goes cold. It stops abruptly in a library of a young British aristocrat, who’s just sold his ancestral seat due to bankruptcy.

The Harmony Scroll is the second book in the Peacetaker series. If you like spiritual thriller books that are also a page turner, similar to Dan Brown, James Rollins and Paula Wynne’s The Sacred Symbol, you’ll love this second installment of the Peacetaker tale.

My review:

This book starts off about a year or so after Ribbons of Death ended. Carter undergoes plastic surgery to fix his face. Stella has written another best-selling book. While Carter is in rehab, he notices that there is something off with a psychologist that he is mandated to see. Then he hears that Gabriel and Stella were killed when their house explodes….due to faulty wiring. Carter goes to the scene, inspects the remains, interviews the witnesses and sees the house.

What he finds out is that there is more to these “deaths” than meet the eye. Stella and Gabe aren’t dead but being held hostage by sinister forces. After Carter frees them, they start off on a multi-country jaunt to find the Harmony Scroll. A scroll that can get rid of Gabe’s Peacekeeper curse.

I did like this book. I loved that I got to see a softer side of Carter. I finally got to see some of the romance that was hinted at in Ribbons of Death. He is still clearly mourning his daughter’s death.

Stella and Gabe’s dynamic was great too. It evolved into a true mother/son dynamic. He even went from calling her Zee to Mom during the book.

I did like that instead of going all over the US, this time we were taken on a jaunt all over Europe. The violence seemed muted, almost. People still got killed but it was through the police telling Stella and Carter.

The ending was very anticlimactic. Very. I thought that I had missed something and had to reread the last chapters a few times before the “aha” moment.

How many stars will I give The Harmony Scroll? 4

Why? Very well written 2nd book that keeps you on the edge of the seat. The ending didn’t really do it for me and was very anticlimactic and is the only reason I am giving this a 4 rating.

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Will I reread? Yes

Age Range? Teen on up

Why? Violence and some language.

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