Map of Fates is the second book in Maggie Hall’s The Conspiracy of Us series. Fair warning that this will have spoilers if you haven’t read the first book The Conspiracy of Us, which you can read my review for here.
In all but two weeks, Avery West has discovered a powerful secret society known as the the Circle, learned that her mother has been taken hostage, fallen for a boy she’s not allowed to love, and found out another boy is her unwelcome destiny. And now her new family is jet setting around the world in hopes for finding her a husband, because as the purpled-eyed girl from the prophecy she has the power to save them all.
But while Avery plays the doting daughter by day, at night she searches for clues with her two boys: Jack—loyal and determined to help at the expense of his own duty—and Stellan, whose connection to her grows stronger by the day, making her question everything. And she should, for in the world of the Circle nothing and no one is what they seem.
Maggie Hall’s The Conspiracy of Us was so incredible that as soon as I finished it I had to order the sequel Map of Fates. And can I just say, I think Map of Fates might just be my favorite of the two. Plus, another gorgeous cover.
I loved all the traveling; Hall does a really great job at immersing you in the location. The description of India—Avery’s traditional outfit and all the colors—was just fantastic. And then there were all the clues. I thought that whole aspect was great, and found it very reminiscent of Indiana Jones. The “bond of blood” and “fates mapped together” clues were especially interesting and I enjoyed the crew trying to puzzle them out.
In Map of Fates, the Order—the Circle’s enemy—starts to get more vicious. They ramp up the killings and Avery’s family starts to push a marriage, despite Avery telling them about her mother being taken captive and the clues leading to the tomb. They kept introducing her to other Circle families and prospective husbands, and I just wasn’t sure if I believed they were considering the tomb and saving Avery’s mother as an option.
Avery really starts to get a backbone in this one, which I like. She sneaks out late to look for clues and does anything she has to in order to save her mother. At one point Avery even says no to her powerful new family. I just wish that there was more of her mom in this book as well as the previous one to better establish their relationship and why Avery cares—despite the obvious of it being her mother.
I loved Stellan in this novel. Him and Avery push each other’s buttons but really seem to understand each other. They both are dead set on protecting people that they love—for him it’s his sister and for Avery her mom—and they both have that aching for something more, or as Stellan says toska. He also makes Avery think about the power they have as the two destined to rule the Circle. There were a lot of really cute moments between the two in this novel—introducing a love triangle.
I found Jack kind of annoying in this book, which I wasn’t necessarily upset about because Stellan was so great. The Saxons have been Jack’s whole life for so long, and he really tries to push Avery towards using them instead of doing things herself. I know he’s trying to protect her but still. It also made me question whose side he’s on.
Luc, Elodie, and Colette were also a lot more present in this novel. I liked this, it stopped it from being the Avery, Stellan, and Jack show.
This book held a lot of pleasant—or if not pleasant, at least well written—surprises. The end was great, not necessarily a cliffhanger but still left me longing for the next book in the series.