Publication Date: July 23, 2013
With her brother dead and her mother on the verge of insanity, Eleanor Fitt is utterly alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters – Joseph, Jie and the handsome, enigmatic Daniel – have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor begins to hear the vicious barking of hounds and see images of haunting yellow eyes, she fears the worst – that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are coming for her.
To escape and search out the Spirit-Hunters, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. Though friendly, Oliver entices Eleanor with necromancy and black magic, yet as long as she can resist his powerful temptation, she’ll be fine. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over the city…and there’s a whole new evil lurking. With the body count rising, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.
In Paris, there’s a price for this darkness strange and lovely…and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.
So this was still addictive, like the first novel. Still entertaining and well-written. Dennard built her world very convincingly in the time period and while I enjoyed reading it, it also just kind of felt like a love letter to Paris. I got just a bit bored by all the Paris-love.
All the things I loved about Eleanor in the first novel felt absent in this one. It’s like she was trying too hard to be tough. In the first novel you felt her strength without anyone needing to say that she was strong. In this novel Eleanor kept trying to act strong but just came across as desperate, reckless, over-confident, even a bit morally questionable. It made me so sad that Eleanor started sacrificing her morals in this novel.
Another thing absent in this novel were all the other characters we came to love in the first. This was a journey of self-discovery for Eleanor. I get that. But I wanted the other characters. I wanted that yummy romance with Daniel. I wanted Joseph’s quiet calm and confidence, Jie’s strength and humor. Instead we got a few new characters that I had a hard time connecting with. I just couldn’t get myself to be interested in them like I was with the original characters.
I was expecting the same quality as the first book but this came up short. Too much time was spent on talking about the beauty and wonder of Paris. Too little time spent creating characters readers could connect with. And too little time reconnecting with beloved characters from the first novel.
I dunno. I just didn’t like Eleanor as much. The plot was still interesting with mystery and twists and turns and all that. I wanted more connection. I hope the third book redeems itself.
Sexual Content: Mild