Published: 9 May 2017
Publisher: Soho Press
Series: War with No Name #2
Format Read: Audible
Duration: 11h 5mins
In the aftermath of the War With No Name, the Colony has been defeated, its queen lies dead, and the world left behind will never be the same. In her madness, the queen used a strange technology to uplift the surface animals, turning dogs and cats, bats and bears, pigs and wolves into intelligent, highly evolved creatures who rise up and kill their oppressors. And now, after years of bloodshed, these sentient beasts must learn to live alongside their sworn enemies – humans.
Far removed from this newly emerging civilization, a housecat turned war hero named Mort(e) lives a quiet life with the love he thought he had lost, a dog named Sheba. But before long, the chaos that they escaped comes crashing in around them. An unstoppable monster terrorizes a nearby settlement of beavers. A serial killer runs amok in the holy city of Hosanna. An apocalyptic cult threatens the fragile peace. And a mysterious race of amphibious creatures rises from the seas, intent on fulfilling the Colony’s destiny and ridding the earth of all humans.
No longer able to run away, Sheba and Mort(e) rush headlong into the conflict, ready to fight but unprepared for a world that seems hell-bent on tearing them apart. In the twilight of all life on earth, love survives, but at a cost that only the desperate and the reckless are willing to pay.
D’Arc was quite a good novel. It expanded upon the events that took place in Mort(e) and takes us on a new adventure. This time we see most of the world through the newly (awakened) Sheba, the Golden Retriever that Mort(e) was obsessed with saving in the first novel. Mort(e) and Sheba are far away from the rebuilding of the world after the war with the Ant Queen from the first book. Mort(e) just wants to live the quiet life with his Sheba, but soon events happen and Sheba cannot help but feel that she has to go and discover the world herself. It is a pretty bleak place as humans and animals still try to trust one another. Not all humans can be trusted and the animals are also having a hard time with co existing along side the “sworn enemy”, but there is at least some form of peace and some communities are thriving with human and animal living and working together.
While everyone is busy rebuilding all the destruction the Ant Queen wrought on the world they do not know of the danger that lurks under the surface of the ocean. It seems the conciousness of the Queen has some how spilled into the ocean and soon a colony of fish people rise up to walk on soil for the first time. The only urge they seem to have is the command to wipe out animal and human alike. Pretty soon humans and animals will have to learn to drop grudges and work together to thwart the common enemy. This is the role Sheba takes and pretty soon she chooses her own name: D’Arc, derived from Joan of Arc. Our tailed crusader now has to see if she can mean something, while Mort(e) decides that he is done with all the fighting. One cannot become a hero twice in their lifetime right?
Soon whispers reach his little farm that there is some one out to kill the Messiah, this does not sit well with him as he was the supposed “chosen one” from the first book. Soon Mort(e) also leaves the farm life behind and goes again in search of Sheba.
This was a decent novel for me and played while I was at my new job. I did not have time to take notes as I had my hands full and that is oke. The less I say about the novel the better for those interested in maybe picking the series up. I enjoyed it enough to try the third novel if there is one. Some warnings have to be given out for this specific novel though. There is quite a lot of profanity comming from both the nimals and humans. There was a very akward sex scene with Sheba and some random dog. There are also more than one instance where the fish Guy has to fertalize the eggs of the Pod, nothing to graphical or explicit, just be aware that its a thing in this novel. If you can bare and grit your teeth through those, then its gong to be oke.
I gave D’Arc a 3 out of 5. It does end on a possitive note and I am sure there is a setup for a second Sheba novel maybe, we will have to see. I must admit, I kinda like the covers of this series, I believe that is one of the factors making me choose to pick it up. That is as much as I can say for this novel. I finished it a few weeks ago, but just have not been able to get to the reviewing part of it.