Reviewed by Sandra Scholes
Synopsis: Alice Goodenough is not pleased, not when her loved one has been claimed by Death once again. With only her tears to comfort her waking nights, she mourns a world without a hero, and she is plunged into a world of despair for she realises no one she loves is safe from the evil that walks the earth, not her friends, her lover or her family.
Review: The story starts with Alice and the gold child, a young boy who begs to be taken away from the darkness that comes for him on a busy street. The smoke that comes for him is all consuming, but at least there is a recap of prior events in the previous novels that stops us feeling confused.
You can really feel how unhappy and frustrated everyone is at Seth’s demise. As he is not around anymore, it makes every moment worse than the last. He was a key character and the one true hero they could all rely on when all else felt it would be lost. It is Alice who bears the pain most though, and this could either make her want to fight against the coming evil, or surrender to it depending on how much pain and sorrow she feels.
- There's a recap of the previous events in the novels, which is a good idea.
- Lots of characters to enjoy!
- It's a novel instead of being several stories in a compilation.
- You can feel the pain of the characters.
- The references to Twilight and Lemony Snicket and various other pop culture references. Hilarious!
- It starts slower than the previous novel, but other than that – it’s a good read.
Final Thoughts: For those who have read the previous novel, they won’t be able to wait until the next one after reading this one. It is a sad one at the beginning with the death of Seth as it has a detrimental effect on everyone who knew him. I found it almost comical that he had been tested by Chase and passed. I couldn’t blame Chase for what he did, he wasn’t sure about him at the start of their friendship, and as Seth knew of Alice’s double life, he thought he might eventually betray her. Lucky for her and the others it didn’t happen, but Seth did die, which was a shame as he was a decent character. It’s not easy getting rid of a main character, but it does create some great turmoil as a result. The real question to ask Alice is whether his death will cause her to fall into a deep despair so bad she won’t be able to defeat the evil if it comes back, or whether she will get her revenge on it.
After this novel, I’m looking forward to the next.