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Far Shore by Traci L. Slatton
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it was amazing
bookshelves: dystopian, romance
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads/First Reads

"Far Shore" the third book in the intoxicating "After series" begins after Emma and Haywood return home having saved their daughter Beth from the clutches of Alexei and his raiders. As the tension mounts between Emma and her husband she's asked to return to the Outpost City to save Jeannie and her baby as well as to help plan the rescue of Arthur from the raider camp. Angry, Haywood gives her an ultimatum. But, devoted to Arthur and loyal to her friends the choice is simple and she packs to leave.

Emma realizes that Arthur battered and broken under torture may not survive if she doesn't accept the bargain Alexei, a powerful psychic proposes in her recurring nightmares. Not only does she love Arthur but she believes he can destroy the mists that are evolving and becoming more aggressive. With Nowokocha, Theo and Donny, she sets a plan in motion to save him and to escape from Alexei. But when captured she discovers only the dying husk of her lover. Determined to heal him, Emma's power and resolve will be tested especially when she learns that it may take more than Arthur's skill to save the world.

Traci Slatton has created an innovative and imaginative apocalyptic world where humanity stands at a crossroads, where extinction is possible as the mists evolve , becoming more virulent and destructive. Although the mood of the story continues to be dark and chilling, there are moments of humor in the banter between Alexei and Emma as he coerces her into healing him, and Arthur's lack of bowel restraint on the lawn of the house where they're staying. But like all the "After" novels the action never stops as the intensity and suspense builds in Emma's encounters with the raiders, the mist, bears and wraiths.

Her bond with Arthur continues to defy "logic and obligation" as Emma struggles to overcome the sudden disappearance of her gift , only to have it suddenly flare into something greater. In her loneliness and despair she makes an error in judgement that comes back to haunt her, almost costing her Arthur's love. Yet through all their adversities and challenges their love grows stronger, even strengthening Arthur's hold on the mists.

Part of what makes this plot so gripping is the characters who bring power, and depth to the drama as events unfold; like Emma's unreasonable, emotional outbursts as well as her strength-of-will and impulsiveness that underlie her "talent for mishap". As Arthur recovers his health his overbearing, arrogant nature resurfaces as well as his guilt, despair and rage in his inability to control the mists he created to end all wars. Among the unforgettable sub- characters are; Donny the self-disciplined, former police detective who can influence minds; the kind, caring Theo who's like a brother to Emma; the clever, and resourceful pickpocket Gaff; and the unpredictable and formidable Alexei who loves the unattainable.

As the nightmare on earth continues, Emma and Arthur's love is tested in "Far Shore" the captivating third book in a memorable series. I liked it and rate this well-developed story highly.

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Reading Progress

September 9, 2015 – Shelved
September 9, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
September 10, 2015 – Started Reading
September 10, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
September 11, 2015 – Finished Reading
September 12, 2015 – Shelved as: dystopian
September 12, 2015 – Shelved as: romance

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