Publication Date: July 22, 2014
In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus…all before it’s too late.
He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.
With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.
Yeah, I don’t know. Book 1 was amazing. Book 2 didn’t quite work for me. This was a step below Book 2.
Why? Well. Eleanor changed. So much. Throughout her growth in this series she lost any and all humor and wit she had in Book 1. Just *poof* you’re not funny or cute anymore; No more making people laugh, dangit! Everything was So Very Serious. And Eleanor didn’t seem to care about anyone, really, after Book 1. Yeah, she lost her entire family and a few friends and had to deal with almost everyone around her leaving or betraying her but… she wasn’t the same after that first book. I didn’t particularly enjoy her dramatic growth into someone extremely serious and selfish who thinks of pretty much nothing other than revenge. I mean, that was basically the whole plot, right? Find Marcus, fight Marcus, kill Marcus, revenge, revenge, revenge… It was a lot of the same. And I got tired of it. All of the characters in this story that moved the plot along were bent on revenge. It is a major theme. It may be the only theme. And, holy crap, there is definitely something wrong if that is what everything revolves around. It’s quite unhealthy.
I didn’t exactly understand Daniel and Eleanor’s relationship. They claim to feel strongly about each other but Daniel can’t accept Eleanor’s power and gets upset when she uses it. Eleanor kind of holds him at arms length, even during their more intimate conversations. She’s actually not usually very nice to him except when they’re making out. What was cute and thrilling and endearing in Book 1 became a bit twisted and unhealthy in Book 3.
Another relationship I didn’t understand was with Oliver. Talk about twisted. I really didn’t understand any of whatever went on between him and everyone else… at all. At one point I thought maybe a love triangle was about to happen. At another point I thought maybe Oliver was going to murder everyone in their sleep. I mean, I had no idea what to make of him. And the explanations about why he acted the way he acted kind of weirded me out. A lot. I guess what I’m saying is that Oliver wasn’t exactly my type of person. And I don’t get why he and Eleanor (other than the magical bond thing) felt the way they did about each other.
And then the magic… why did anyone have magic? Where did they get it? How? And what’s with the electricity? How does that stop dead things? Was any of this ever explained and I just missed it? That was frustrating. To say the least.
I actually liked being in Egypt for this book (mummies!) although it did feel like there was a whole lot of back-and-forth and traveling and planning. All the talking about what they were going to do got kind of boring. Most authors skip over that stuff. With good reason. But I get why Dennard did it that way: She was saying goodbye to the main-freaking-character that ceases to exist at the end of this book. Seriously, so heartbreaking. Not in a good way. I get the poetic justice crap, blah, blah, blah, but NO. Not cool. And why did Dennard have to set up this death so that this character felt like less than everyone else? What kind of message is that to send? “Hey, you know what guys, it’s totally cool if I die because you’re all way more important than me and my death won’t really mean anything so go ahead and kill me off.” Wtf, Dennard. Everyone is important to someone. Especially this character who had a few someones. Grrrr.
I could probably say more but I’m getting a bit angry now and need to end this review before I say anything mean.
If you’ve already started this series then, yes, finish it out and read this book. If not, save yourself the confusion and heartache and maybe just go ahead and move on to something else altogether.
Sexual Content: Moderate (characters may have had sex?)