I was really looking forward to this book. Though I had a few issues with Origin (Lux 4) overall I thought it was the best book of the series and that we were gearing up for an amazing ending. Unfortunately, for me this one fell flat.
The book didn’t really have a cohesive feel to it for me. It just seemed like I was reading a checklist of which characters need to make an appearance to be relevant to the big ending.
I felt like she could have dedicated two books to the invasion and we would have had a much more interesting finished product. The Arum, a natural predator for the Luxen) would have been the quickest and easiest solution to the invasion, so I didn’t really find it believable how they were handled.
I was honestly a little sick of Daemon’s personality and his dynamic with Katy. He was an overprotective hot head about her. I couldn’t really buy the drama thrown their way, especially considering what happened in earlier books. Page time that could have been used exploring other plot points more were wasted on Daemon and Kat make out sessions. Nothing that happened evolved their relationship enough so every time it just felt like more of the same. It was all cliché and gag-worthy. And that’s a shame because I do like the pairing.
I would have liked to see more time focused on Dee. Her problem was resolved too easily to me. Beth and Dawson’s situation could have been developed a lot more. Archer was a nice addition, but again there wasn’t really enough of him. Luc was another missed opportunity and that really annoyed me because he is one of my favorite characters.
I was just not very emotionally invested in this story, even after the cheap shot we get at the end, which felt more, contrived than anything.
The book had a few interesting moments but I wasn’t hooked on this one like the past books. I do wonder about the author. Last year she was new to me and I was super excited about her writing, wanting to read all her books. But she has been publishing so many books recently that I feel like quantity is becoming more important than quality. Her works are all starting to feel formulaic.
You want a final book to feel like a *special* book, but this just felt like *another* book.
I enjoyed this story a little more than the first. Now that I'm reading the sequel I like the episodical feel of this series. I could envision it as a...moreI enjoyed this story a little more than the first. Now that I'm reading the sequel I like the episodical feel of this series. I could envision it as a cartoon on a TV station for kids like Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, or Cartoon Network. (less)
I will be honest and admit that I didn't re-read the prequels prior to diving into this one. It's been a couple of years since I read Shadow of Night so my memory was fuzzy on certain details and as a result, toward the beginning of this book I felt a little lost. It didn't last for long though as Harkness weaves the story together very well incorporating important developments from the other novels into this one. It definitely feels like a third book so you don't want to start here.
If you've been waiting patiently for this one then it was worth the wait. It's a satisfying final act and at this point I'd say it's my favorite of the series because I want to read it again. Harkness is prolific, but the pace felt just right this time around whereas in the earlier novels it occasionally felt slow. Either that or I finally adjusted to her writing style. I was hanging onto every word and the suspense created just the right tension, especially toward the end. I couldn't put the book down. It struck an emotional chord with me which was a pleasant surprise. After about a third into the book I was completely invested in the outcome for Diana and Matthew as they had so much counting against them and their family. And it only compounds as the story goes on. Diana's growing powers, Matthews secrets, the plot twists, the villains, they were all very entertaining.
Aside from feeling lost after having not re-read the other books, my only other criticism is that I thought it was a little crowded character-wise. I could keep up with core supporting characters, but often enough I found myself mixing up the rest.
These books offer a mix of everything which is what makes them so fun. I came for the paranormal but I appreciate the amount of research that went into the historical aspects of the book, the strong writing, the humor, the horror, the drama, and the romance. The chemistry between Diana and Matthew is the best part of the book. By the end I felt like I went on a journey with the characters and that to me is a sign of a successful book. Though this is the end of the trilogy I think there is enough left to write another one and I wouldn't be surprised to see it down the line.