Jul 08, 12
Read from June 27 to July 02, 2012
Leaving off where Illumine ended, with such tragic events that Essalie had to endure, I am amazed by how she has such a strong will and seemingly never ending faith that obviously helped her get through the loss she suffered in Illumine. In Obumbrate, things still haven't yet slowed down for Essalie, and she powers through every obstacle thrown her way. It's obvious that Anders has a great passion for writing with the power withheld in Obumbrate. She has created a character that you can't help but fall in love with and feel so emotionally for.
Essalie has remained so unbelievably strong throughout everything, but when she learns that her life is dwindling away far faster than expected, she finally let's everything catch up to her. I can't say I blame her, and to know something that is inevitable is going to happen far sooner than realized, it leaves you full of sadness, depression and great sorrow.
Luckily, an idea forms that not everyone will like, and her friends will try to stop. But hey, if she's going to die soon, why not take a wicked queen down with her? Right?! It's when she learns that the Queen knows far more about her and all of the mysteries about her life and powers that might stop her plans dead in their tracks.