Story summary: After the devastating events at the end of the second book, Isobel falls into depression and fear. And it doesn't help that the dream world that her love Varen is stuck in is bleeding into the real world and Isobel is loosing the ability to tell the difference. Or that the demon Lilith is doing everything she can to ensnare Varen and destroy Isobel.
Sequel to Nevermore and Enshadowed.
- Lyrically written and atmospheric.
- Lots about Edgar Allen Poe. If you are a fan of Poe, this is the series for you.
- I really enjoy the romance in this series, partly because so much of the focus is on Isobel's bravery and determination for the sake of Varen, and partly because... I dunno, I actually find a romance romantic* for once.
- A lot of it takes place in a dream world. As a result, coherent plot takes second place to atmosphere in many ways. (This could be a bonus, I suppose, depending on your preferences.)
- There is still not quite enough Isobel and Varen interactions for me. Their romance is actually one of my favourite parts of this series, and I wanted more.
I'm really not sure, though, if this is a legitimate criticism. I was particularly busy and frazzled when I read it, and I didn't have the energy to properly absorb a book like this, which rewards more contemplative reading. And although I forget much of it by this point, I remember that there were many beautiful parts and many romantic parts. And I suppose if there were a distinct focus of the third book, it might be Varen's self-loathing, which gave some character development and lovely angsty scenes to a character who had been pretty mysterious till now.
In other words, it was, in the end, a good finish to a great, Poe-filled series, despite being not quite what I hoped for.
*As opposed to sweet, cute, awesome, etc.--many of the other adjectives that usually suit the romances I like. This one is none of these.