Friday, January 18, 2013

No "Filler" Books Here—Rossi's Second Act Keeps Up the Intensity

(Image from Barnes & Noble)

(Note:  Although this review will not contain spoilers for Through the Ever Night, it may inadvertently reveal plot surprises from its predecessor, Under the Never Sky.  As always, I recommend reading books in a series in order.)

Deadly Aether storms, a dwindling food supply, rebellion among his people—as the Tides' new Blood Lord, 19-year-old Peregrine's got plenty to worry about.  Not to mention the fact that his nephew's still being held hostage by the Dwellers.  And, speaking of Dwellers, Perry hasn't seen Aria for months.  He's tried to convince himself it's for the better, that she belongs with her own people, but that doesn't stop the ache he feels when she's not around.  He has enough problems.  He needs to forget about her.  If only he could ...

Then, one day, Perry catches the scent of her on the wind.  Aria's back.  He's overjoyed, but the rest of the tribe isn't as certain.  Trust a Dweller to walk among them?  It goes against everything the Tides believe.  It's bad enough that Perry's allowing Aria to live with them, but if they knew how he felt about her—that he wants to make her his bride—they'd turn on him for sure.  He can't let his people know, not until he's solved their other problems first.

Aria's got her own troubles.  If she doesn't find the Still Blue—a mythical, Aether-free land that may not even exist—Consul Hess will kill Perry's nephew.  And Talon's not the only one in danger; something's wrong in Reverie.  If Aria can't figure out how to save her Dweller friends in time, they could perish, too.  As much as she wants to cling to Perry and never let go, she's got her own duties.  

As the two of them work to fight their enemies, they'll find themselves in combat with each other as well.  Can their love survive the strain of it all?  Or, are they better off living apart, sticking with their own kind?  Will their worlds endure?  Will they?  

I'm always a little nervous to read the second book in a series.  Often, they act as fillers between more exciting volumes, stalling the action instead of furthering it.  Well, rest assured, such is not the case with Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi.  There's plenty of conflict here, as well as character development and intriguing new subplots.  It keeps up the intensity of the first book, while adding original elements to keep  the overall story interesting.  There's lots to love in this exciting series that really does just keep on getting better.  


Grade:  B

If this were a movie, it would be rated:  PG for mild language (no F-bombs), violence and sexual innendo

To the FTC, with love:  I received an e-ARC of Through the Ever Night (via Edelweiss) from the generous folks at Harper Teen.  Thank you!  

6 comments:

  1. Well, I'm glad to hear you didn't think it was filler. I still need to read the first one. I really hope I like it.

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    1. You definitely should. I'd be very interested to hear what you think of the series, so, get on it!

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  2. Just finished this one! Gah! I crazy loved it! Loved more of Roar and wow, he is awesome. But that cover? If it's supposed to be Perry, that is SO not how I picture him.

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    1. I know, right? I kind of think book covers should not have faces on them at all. The models or drawings never seem to fit the characters I see in my mind. Or, it's all I can see. I'd rather leave it up to my own imagination, you know??

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  3. I love this series and was pleased this second book just made the whole story all the more exciting. CAN'T wait for the final installment!

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  4. Interesting new series...mmm. I have definitely got to learn to read faster OR read two books at the same time - one eye on one book and the other eye on a different book. Yep, that's the ticket. You must do that! I swear, you are amazing!!

    Great review...as always!

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