I simply couldn’t resist reading this. I spent the entire morning NOT working. I’m bad, I know! But..but…it’s Dawson and Daemon…and gah!
This gives us a background story as to what happened to Dawson and Bethany. We all know that they disappered without a trace prior to Obsidian, so no suprise as to the eventual ending of Shadows. I kind of half dreaded/anticipated reading this just for the very reason. I dreaded knowing Dawson’s demise. At the same time, I think it was pretty cool to see what turned Daemon into the socially-inept, personality deficient that we’ve known of him now. He just went into an overdrive after his brother’s “death”. I am convinced that Dawson and Bethany didn’t die. Unless I see their bodies, so to speak, I am keeping my hopes alive that they’ll show up eventually.
As usual, Ms. Armentrout gave me more than what I’ve expected. This little bitty is action-packed and brimming with funny and witty banters. Not gonna lie, I teared up on some occasions.
This book was hard to get into. I’ve attempted to read this a while back and stalled. I decided to give it another go because I got an ARC of the second book.
The combination of excessive narrative did me in. I was interested in the concept – environmental crisis told through a story of magic in a futuristic setting but I am more convinced that it’s the primary problem of this novel. It seem like it couldn’t make up its mind. It just didn’t work. The legends, magic, mixed in with PIDs and compods just felt like the plot line was suffering from an identity crisis. There was a lack of cohesiveness and harmony between the two components of the story.
Like I said, it was interesting enough. I liked the concept of a dying world, being killed slowly by a combination of magic and some sort of bacteria and what was involved to cure it. But ultimately, the characters’ inability to appear…um interesting and animated killed it for me.