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The Deepest Night

(The Sweetest Dark #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,338 ratings  ·  249 reviews
A rich portrait of post-Victorian England, The Deepest Night seamlessly blends thrilling romance with riveting history and adventure—perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Lauren Kate.

It’s 1915, and sixteen-year-old Lora Jones is finishing up her first year as a charity student at Iverson, a prestigious, gothic boarding school on England’s southern coast. While she’s always fe
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Bantam
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**4.5 stars**

Note to self: Buy more from this author. Her writing is so freaking beautiful. I'm a BIG fan.

This book takes off, more or less, where the first book left us. When I finished reading the first in the series, I kind of hated that there was a sequel. The first book is so heartbreakingly romantic that I didn't want the author to mess it all up! I had no faith. **Shakes head scoldingly at past Heather that doubted**

The author's writing is gorgeous, there are just no two ways about it. It
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
First thing that comes to mind when I think of this book is that it is WAY better than the first one. The writings improved, the pace is quicker and it has a much more exciting and more intriguing plot.

This book was much more enjoyable than The Sweetest Dark. I have been Team Armand from the beginning and if you have been too then you will LOVE this next instalment.

This series intrigued me because of its originality, it was fresh and something I had not read before. I couldn't predict what wou
Amber J
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens and up. Lovers of fantasy, romance, dragons, 20th century england, WWI

I loved this book. I really did. It was almost but not quite as good as the first, and I have high hopes for the finally in the series. It was captivating, and intense. I love the way the talk in this book and I can hear there accents in my head when I read. The romance is ok, its confusing and hard to know how to ship, but still intriguing. It has left almost no hint of where the second book will go with the story so of course I'm dying to know now.

Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Deepest Night was as good if not better than The Sweetest Dark. In the Deepest Night Lora and Armand go on an adventure to rescue Armand's brother, who has become a prisoner of war. They face challenges and a test of surviving, especially since Armand in at a process of changing into his dragon form.

I really enjoyed reading this book, I found it interesting and really unique. The story line was not only full of adventure but also action. I also liked that it was a fast paced and it didn't
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, edelweiss, fantasy, dragon
Lora Jones is still reeling from the loss of her love. Struggling to face her fears is one thing but struggling with the will to continue on is another. The situation is only compounded by the drakon attraction between Lora and Armand.

Discovering that a fellow drakon is being held prisoner behind enemy line in Germany, Armand and Lora must face insurmountable odds to rescue one of their kind.

This story is completely enchanting! Beautifully descriptive creating a stunningly realistic feel for th
Beautifully written, lovely story.

Shana Abe writes the most awe inspiring dragon stories. Her dragons, or drakons, as she calls them are humans that shift into beautiful and powerful creatures. The shift itself is something to behold. The drakon turns into smoke and rises into the clouds in this form. Only when the drakons’ smoke form is high enough (and away from human eyes,) does the drakon turn into a large dragon.

The Deepest Night continues the story of Lora Jones and her friend and benefa
Selenity Jade (Coffee Addicts Book Reviews)
This is definitely one original series and I'm so engrossed in it. I'm not happy with all the love triangles spinning around, but it's interesting and it's keeping me engaged in the story! I'm excited to find out what book 3 has to offer!
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: Anyone but I'd read the Drakon books first - but not totally necessary
EDIT: March 29, 2017 - I just re-read this as I have the next and final book of the trilogy in hand (The Fiercest Joy) and found I needed to refresh my memory before starting it. Still loved it!)

This was a 4.5 for me and I finished it in 24 hours - at about 2:00 this morning. So I guess that is a could not put it down book. I am never sure about tags as fantasy to me is in a fantasy make believe world and this one is not. It is set in the early 1900's during the World War. So maybe I should tag
Shana Abe takes us back to the compelling world of the Drakon with her latest emotionally powerful novel, The Deepest Night. Lora is still reeling from Jesse’s death and her pain is so very raw re-living that night in her heart and mind. She’s made it through her grueling year at Iverson, and is learning more control over her powers as Drakon. Most importantly, she is learning to accept and embrace her uniqueness. Armand has proven to be so much more than just the rich young man he appeared to b ...more
Dragon rescue mission!

I actually liked this a lot more than I had figured I would (for one: I haven't read the first book. In my defense, when I started reading this I hadn't realized it was part of a series. For two: I haven't read a dragon tale in a very long time. At least, not one that I remember enjoying)

I liked the idea that dragons were basically secret shapeshifters, which is why we don't see them running around (this book was also set during WWII, so smart phones and such weren'
4.5 stars

I'm so in love with this series and coming from me that's high praise because dragons really 'aint my thing! Danger, adventure, love, heartache set against the historical backdrop of WWI, it's rich, emotive, haunting and bittersweet, The Deepest Night is one beautiful package.

I wish I could turn back the clock and start over, there's just something breathtaking about exploring a unique new world. I miss that 'newness' but there are different qualities to be excited about with the 2nd
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
4.5 Stars

The deepest night was fantastic, even more so than the first in the series. The romantic interludes have been toned down, and the aspects of war have played heavily throughout the storyline. Lora slowly morphs into a strong and courageous young woman, proud of her heritage, while Mandy comes to grips with his new responsibilities and the rescue attempt of his brother.

The story is told in dual points of view from Mandy and Lora, but every few chapt
Swoon... is there anything more romantic than dragon-girls saving war heroes? Or nobles falling in love with beautiful orphans? Loved it! Such beautiful rich characters and a riveting storyline.

Favorite quote:
"You deserve someone who loves you without conditions. Who would never look at another woman for the rest of his life with anything but indifference, because you are the sum of his dreams. The one girl whose eyes shine with all the days and nights he prays will come. His stars and his sun a
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reading copy of The Deepest Night via Netgalley and I was thrilled because I didn’t actually expect it to happen. I’ve been sitting on this book for quite some time because even though I did want to read it, I knew that the third book was still a long way off. All I could hope for was that it did not end with a cliffhanger and I am relieved that it did not. The Deepest Night was a pleasure to read because of how beautifully written it was. We are inundated with YA fiction ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The Deepest Night by Shana Abé is the second in The Sweetest Dark trilogy, so there may be spoilers for the first book! I’ve been really loving this series so far, and The Deepest Night did not disappoint. The emphasis was more on the war than the magic, since we have already found out a lot about the dragons and stars at this point. Because of this shift, the tone was slightly different with more action and less romance, which I think some people will love and others will be disappointed by
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE who enjoys a good story, and thrilling characters
Recommended to ☆Eiko by: Myself
OH. MY. LORDYNESS. This book was just AMAZING! I haven't read such a book in AGES now! The characters 'blossomed', yes, blossomed, for there is no other way to put it. It was fast paced in relevance with the first book, and it definitely kept my interest going, even when I wasn't reading it, my mind couldn't help but continue going over the wonderful-amazingness I've read, and attempting to figure out what would occur next. (Sure enough, I never guessed things right, which in this case is odd be ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Jesse is gone and there’s nothing that can bring him back so Lora has resigned herself to a life of heart shattering loneliness until Armand helps her put the broken pieces back together.

Opening Sentence: I am dead.

The Review:

It is not uncommon for sequels to be considered less than the original. The Deepest Night is a great novel with the same beautiful details and wonderfully developed characters, but I didn’t feel the plot was all that it co
Christianna Marks
You can read this and many other reviews on my YA book blog The White Unicorn!

I fell in love with Shana Abe's writing style when I read The Sweetest Dark and couldn't wait to start the second book in the series. Once again I was blown away by the way that the story was told and the historical elements that were weaved, ever so delicately, with the fantasy aspects. We got to see so much more of the magical side of things this time around and I really enjoyed that. But even though the fantasy was
Sarah Elizabeth
Mar 17, 2013 rated it liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell and Netgalley.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Sweetest Dark’ series, and kicks off where book 1 ‘The Sweetest Dark’ left off.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1**
After the events of the previous book, Eleanore is coming to terms with Jesse’s death, and now must find somewhere where she will be able to stay for the summer, whilst the boarding school is clo
Marilyn Rondeau
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Set in 1915, sixteen-year old Lora Jones is finishing up her first year as a charity student at the very posh private boarding school of Iverson on England’s Southern coast. While Lora has always felt different, with the help of a friend Jesse, she finally found out why; she is a drákon, a rare and enchanted being with remarkable magical abilities. As war hits Britain’s shores Lora is still reeling from her unbearable loss of Jesse and her magical powers are going to be needed for a very dangero ...more
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I can’t even begin to express how well The Deepest Night follows The Sweetest Dark. If you read my review of The Sweetest Dark, you’d know that I loved it. With how much I loved it, The Sweetest Dark was a hard act to follow; however, The Deepest Night did not disappoint.

The Deepest Night picks up the story not very long after the end of the first book. Because most of the plot line for this follow-up either spoils the first book or this one, I
Shambhawi P.
This review contains *major* spoilers for The Sweetest Dark but not for this book

I had liked the way the first book had ended. It would have been a beautiful end for a stand-alone novel. I still think it was not really necessary to turn this into a series. But, if I am completely honest, I like the second book better than the first one in some ways.

Condraticting much? Here's explanation.

The writing flows much, much smoothly in this book than the first one and the plot is also considerably sronge
Crystal | decorating.reader
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
**If you have not read The Sweetest Dark this review does contain spoilers.**

Shana Abe has a way of immediately sucking you into a book. This book picks up a little after where The Sweetest Dark left off. Lora is still grieving over Jesse, and has become closer to Armand in the process. They now spend time together talking about Jesse and about being drakon. Since Summer is about to begin there is a question of where Lora will go. Lord Armand has a plan up his sleeve to be able to keep her by hi
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it
This truly was a beautiful read. A major improvement from the first novel, The Deepest Night excelled where The Sweetest Dark fell short.

Still lingering from the first novel are my feelings of confusion toward some aspects of the plot, but to a lower extent. Truthfully, the actual plot-line helped me ignore the fact that we had vital parts of the story left unexplained.

As with the first installment, the writing was nothing short of superb. The descriptions were spot-on, and it is obvious that th
Absolutely breath-taking, even better than the first book. Eleanore and Armand (Lora and Mandy) go on a rescue mission mid WWI to rescue another dragon. We see Lora growing into her dragon skin and Mandy evolving as well. Every few chapters we hear from Jesse, back in the stars, mourning the loss of his love but wishing her the love and joy she deserves. This book is much more serious than the first, giving first hand glimpses of WWI events, such as bombings and soldiers taking advantage of the ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I was totally captivated by this book. I adored The Sweetest Dark (you can read me gushing over it here), and The Deepest Night just hooked me even tighter. I flew through the book like a dragon flying through the amethyst night, never stopping, glorying in the darkness.

Lora is possibly my favourite heroine ever. She is exactly the right combination of gutsy, sweetness, bravery and empathy. She is growing into her powers and herself. In The Sweetest Dark, Jesse taught her so much, and now in the
Shay Hardman
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*** I received this book through the LibraryThing: Early Reviewer Contest ***

First of all, I would like to say that I have NOT read 'The Sweetest Dark', the first book of the series. I don't usually read out of order, but I received this book for review and wanted to get it reviewed in a promptly manner. Thankfully, Shana Abe wrote a story that I was able to read without becoming terribly lost for not reading the first book.

From the very beginning of the book, I was completely hooked! This stor
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Shana Abe is one of those authors who has created a compelling world that you just can’t help but to go back to over and over again. The way she tells a story and captures your imagination is truly a gift.

I was a bit concerned that I might have forgotten some of the key components of these wonderful series because it has been over a year since I read book one. Thankfully this talented author can weave a story like no other and I was immediately swept back into the lives of Lora and Armand. It w
Aug 02, 2014 added it
I sigh my way through Abe's novels because of the out and out beauty of her words, sentences, and scenes. Her books are like poetry. Lovely, and wistful, and powerfully imaginative. Can you tell that I'm a fan? I'm amazed by her artistry and I can't help but care about her characters and want to stay within the story world she creates.

The Deepest Night is the second novel about Lora and Armand, two teens who can shape-shift into dragons (why yes, that's right -- dragons) and who are both just c
♥ Unaeve ♥
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
The sequel to The Sweetest dark was really entertaining, very intense and a page turner you cant put down.
It's filled with mystery and magic ,dragons,stars and everlasting love.
The poor orphan Lora - charity member of the elite school for girls- finished her first school year in the mysterious castle above the see shore.
She is a Dracon a rare being with amazing abilities: she hears songs that nobody else can hear and as the story unwraps she will gain more magic gifts and find more about her her
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Shana Abé was born in Texas. She spent much of her childhood living in Colorado, with a brief stint in Mexico as a foreign exchange student, and, at age seventeen, lived in Japan as a model. Throughout her childhood, Abé wrote, completing what she calls "The Silliest Romance Novel Ever" during her free time during modeling shoots. Her writing focused on romance, as those were the types of books th ...more

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“Eleanore," he whispered again, tilting his head to mine, his lips skimming past my cheek, his breath in my ear. "I'd wait forever for you, you know. If it mattered. If you'd care."
"I do care," I whispered back, miserable.
His fingers tightened, warm and firm. "No, you don't. Not the way I mean. Not yet.”
“You deserve someone who loves you without conditions. Who would never look at another woman for the rest of his life with anything but indifference, because you are the sum of his dreams. The one girl whose eyes shine with all the days and nights he prays will come. His stars and his sun and his moon. His happiness, his true heart." His voice roughened. "His everything."

She gazed up at him, her lips trembling. "Is that it? Is that how you feel about her?"

"Yes," he said, and dropped his hands.”
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