Series: Brilliant Darkness #2
on July 29th 2013
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It hasn't been long since Fennel, a Sightless Groundling, and Peree, her Lofty Keeper, fell in love and learned the truth: the Scourge, and their world, are not what they seem.
Fenn and Peree are determined to guide their people to the protected village of Koolkuna, but first they must convince them that everything they believe is a lie. An impossible task, especially when someone seems hell-bent on trying anything--even animal sacrifice and arson--to destroy the couple's new bond and crush the frail truce between the Groundlings and the Lofties. Not everyone wants to uproot their lives in the forest, and those who stay behind will be left terribly vulnerable.
Fenn and Peree's resolve to be together, and the constant threat of the Scourge's return, push both groups to the breaking point. Unable to tell friend from foe, Fenn must again decide how much she's willing to sacrifice to ensure the future of the people of the forest.
Only this time, the price of peace may be too high to bear.
This book is near perfection. There is ZERO second book syndrome. None at all. In fact, the story glides perfectly from book one to book two without a single hitch. And while I still suffer the usual book hangover, I am not left with the bitter taste in my mouth so common after reading a middle book. There was no filler, and no overdose of book 1 repetition. The characters were already formed, and they stayed true to who they were in The Scourge.
Henley has continued building depth to each and every one of the characters. I love her use of metaphors to bring texture to Fen’s view of the world. While I feel like I now know Fen like a sister, there was simply not enough of Peree in this book. I could feel the pull between them, and their bond is stretched taut. While I was pretty much already in love with Fen and Peree, I have now learned to mistrust every other character, and I may even hate a few. I use the word “hate” in a good way. As in, “the villains you love to hate”. And MAN OH MAN do I ever hate Kai with a fiery passion!! I’m not even sure if she’s technically a villain, but I don’t care! She makes my blood boil and the bile rise up in my throat! I would totally throttle her… if she wasn’t a fictional character, that is. It’s hard to keep a level head when you’re so invested in a series!
The Scourge had ended on a nice final note. There wasn’t a huge cliffhanger, so I have to admit, I was kind of assuming it would be the same with The Defiance. Crap, was I ever wrong. Here I was, flipping pages, all warm and glowy with how everything was working out when BAM! Out of nowhere I ran into a wall. A big, giant, red brick wall of NNNOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Now I have this supreme desperation for the next book. 2014?? SERIOUSLY?!? Unacceptable. Just… no.
I’m sending out a huge thank you to my friend Elyse, who loves this series too. Without her, I probably would have waited to read this installment, and I would have been missing out. <3
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for The Defiance HERE!
And you can check out my review of The Scourge HERE!
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