Five out of five stars.
Spoiler free, but spoilers for the previous book, The Return.
The Power is a thrill ride and a half. Picking up almost immediately after the end of The Return, we follow Josie as she deals with the repercussions of her unlocked demigod abilities. She trains viciously and ferociously with Seth to control her newfound abilities and struggles being able to end someone’s life. Josie also deals with her conflicting emotions for Seth and their tumultuous relationship.
The Power does suffer slightly from middle book syndrome. A large portion of The Power is dedicated to Josie’s training and frivolous relationship issues. However, the chemistry between Josie and Seth is palpable and real. Her emotions are heightened because of everything that has happened to her, making her relationship with Seth much more intense. If it weren’t for the awesome writing of the characters and their relationship, this book wouldn’t work as well as it does.
The action sequences in this book are second to none. There aren’t many sequences, but the ones that are present are absolutely stunning. Chalk full of chaos and intense moments, while still being able to slow down that intensity to focus on singular individuals. The ending is where the majority of the action happens. It kept me glued to the pages until I finished them all and left me desperate for more.
The inclusion of Alex and Aiden was AMAZINGLY PERFECT. Unfortunately, Josie and Seth can’t compare to Alex and Aiden. Every scene they’re in was perfection and made me nostalgic for the original series.
Overall, The Power is a solid sequel despite suffering from middle book syndrome. I may be biased in my star rating because of how much I love this world. A more accurate star rating would portably be a 4 or 4.5 star rating but, like I said, I’m biased.