Reviewed by Kevin Berry
I liked the sound of Enigma Black and it lived up to the promise. It’s a nicely-paced action story that kept me turning the pages. The main character, Celaine, from whose point of view most of the story is told, is well-drawn, likeable and believable as a character, with a tendency towards sarcasm and wit. Having suffered much personal tragedy with the deaths of her entire family at the hands of the terrorist The Man In Black, Celaine rebuilds a perfect, happy life, before being offered an opportunity to join a group committed to stopping the activities of The Man In Black. She forms a mutually respectful working relationship with her partner in this venture, Blake, with whom she becomes close friends. From there, Celaine’s journey is transformative and unpredictable, and the action, unexpected twists and intrigue keep coming. What seems to be a fairly straightforward plot evolves into something deeper and more involved, with tantalising hooks left in place for the next novel in the series. All of the characters are well-formed and unique. Any changes in the point of view are clearly marked and add to the engaging story. Overall, it’s a very good YA action novel, and I’d like to read more in the series.