Sunday, January 20, 2013
Jeri Smith-Ready's conclusion to her Shade trilogy is packed with high-stakes action and buried secrets. The involvement of international agencies with differing end-games make for some suspenseful moments and pose some interesting questions about loyalty to one's nation, especially when one agency has far too much power. Smith-Ready does a really good job of balancing the "real-world" political drama with the more mystical discoveries Aura and Zachary uncover. At this point in Aura's story, Aura is certain of her feelings for Zachary, and the romance between the two is full of tension as they are separated for most of the novel, but ultimately reunited abroad. Their reunion is everything that fans have been waiting for--romantic, sweet, realistic, and of course, full of action as they duck the dangerous people tailing them. The book is not without a few twists at the end, and while Smith-Ready doesn't leave readers with the impression that Zach and Aura have saved the world single-handed, the changes that they've brought about are evident. Smith-Ready's trilogy is a fascinating look at an alternate world where mysticism and reality mesh perfectly, and love, loss, and longing are dealt with deftly.
Cover Comments: Words cannot express how disappointed I am in this cover change. The previous covers were beautiful--unusual, dark, and intriguing. This cover is neon green. I hate it. But, it's what's inside that counts, right?
Review copy purchased.