‘Map of Fates’ by Maggie Hall is second in ‘Conspiracy of Us’


Rating: 4 stars

“The Map of Fates” continues the story that began in “The Conspiracy of Us” by Maggie Hall, wherein Avery West, a high school girl, is whisked off to Europe to a life of intrigue and espionage after her mother is kidnapped and she discovers that the part of the family she has never met is involved with a secret society that runs the world.

In this book, she is continuing on her journey to find out how to help her kidnapped mother by solving the mystery about Napoleon’s clues to a treasure that may rest in Alexander the Great’s long-lost tomb. He left the fate of the world in the hands of the twelve families he trusted — twelve families who live around the world, from England to Saudi Arabia and Japan.

There is the requisite love triangle, with Avery torn between Jack, the “keeper” of her family, and Stellan, the “keeper” of the opposition’s family. A “keeper” is an employee who works for one of the important families and is loyal to them unto death. The three of them and another employee of one of the families, Elodie, must solve the mystery of the bracelet following clues left by the mentor whom they all knew and loved, and who was killed in the first book.

There is also some mysticism and mythology. The “prophesy” is that a girl with violet eyes will join with the one who is immune to fire, and then things will be made right. Avery has discovered who the person who is immune to fire actually is, but how will a union of those people really change anything? And what exactly does a “union” mean?

In this second novel, Avery finds out who really kidnapped her mother and who is pulling the strings that she and the others are following. Can they break free and save her mother? The answer is in this story.

This series is perfect for readers who enjoy thrillers and world travel. A similar series is “All Fall Down” by Ally Carter and its sequel, “See How They Run.”

Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Putnam, for review purposes.