*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
'Spirit' is the third and final installment in the 'Sarah Midnight' series by Daniela Sacerdoti, an author I appreciate very much and love dearly. Daniela won my heart with her debut 'Watch Over Me' back in 2011, a book that's very dear to me and one of my all time favorites. Since then, she's written another adult/women's fiction novel and this series. While I was certain she's an excellent women's fiction writer, up until now I didn't have a chance to check out her urban fantasy series. When I got the opportunity to review this book for her blog tour, I was over the moon. It was the perfect chance to finally check out this series and see Daniela in a completely new light.
I must say things would have been bit easier if I've read the two previous installments. There are a lot of characters, and as interesting as they are, it took me some time to realize which one of them was crucial for the plot and which one wasn't. However, it wasn't so bad since the author made sure she included some facts about them, and make things easier for those who are reading the series in the wrong order.
I'm not the biggest fan of paranormal and everything fantasy and it's been a while since I've reached out for a book in that genre. But I really enjoyed this story and the wonderful fantasy world Daniela created. There sure are many characters, Sarah, Sean, Nicolas, Elodie just being few of them, but most of the story is centered around them and their fight against THE EVIL, in this case the King of Shadows. As they travel Poland in search of the portal between their world and the Shadow World, they are faced with many dangerous situations.
Fighting demons, both from outside and within themselves, they lead a battle against the evil trying to save the human kind and those of their 'kind', making sure Sarah, the Secret heir will stay alive and continue the race of these people with powers necessary to protect the world. There are strong feelings between Sarah and Sean however there are certain reasons why they are not allowed to be together.
As they fight the evil in Shadow World, they face all sorts of danger, temptation and even betrayal. As you can imagine, there's a lot of action and the pacing is fast. Lots of things happen, many stories are told and many characters (with different powers) are introduced.
If I had to sum it up in just one word, I'd say this book is INTENSE. Yes,that would be the perfect word to describe it. It's intense and pulls you in from the very first page. You get to care for each of these characters, rooting for Sarah and her friends, wondering what's gonna happen next and if they're all gonna pull it off in the numerous fights. As much as I expected this book to be good, it totally surpassed all my expectations. I think Daniela is definitely one of these authors who can switch genres with such ease and be successful both as women's fiction and fantasy writer. This is really not easy for many, but Daniela proves it's possible.
An action-packed, gripping read that you won't be able to put down. I'm very much looking forward to reading the other two parts in the series. (less)