Title – Author: The Deepest Night – Shana Abe
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Series/Standalone: Series – The Sweetest Dark #2
Format – Source: e-ARC – NetGalley
Lora Jones is finishing up her year at the prestigious boarding school Iverson in 1915. She’s always been different from the other girls and she finally knows why: Lora is a drakon, a rare, magical creature with amazing powers. As summer approaches, Lora doesn’t know where she’s going to go. The headmistress of Iverson doesn’t want her to return and tries to send her to another orphanage. But Armand, the handsome titled boy who shares Lora’s secret and loves her, arranges for Lora to stay by turning his home into a military hospital. Soon they discover that Armand’s brother is alive and is like them. Now they have to cross enemy lines while war rages around them to rescue his brother. Their connection grows as they face danger together.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Sweetest Dark, so when I saw the sequel go up on NetGalley, I knew I had to request it. The Deepest Night doesn’t disappoint.
I’m loving the mythology of this series. It’s subtle in that Lora is a drakon in the real world. The existence of drakon is set against a war-torn Europe. I also like how Abe’s drakon are a unique take on dragons. They have different powers than the ones of dragons I’ve read before. They can talk to the stars and turn to smoke.
Lora and Armand’s relationship is my favorite part of this book. Their connection has been growing since the first book. They share this incredible secret, and it just makes them closer and closer. They’re willing to do anything for each other. I like how they protect each other in different ways. It’s an equal relationship, despite Armand having all the societal advantages and Lora having the magical advantages. I’m not really a fan of the ending, though, because it suggests that Lora gets the best of both worlds with the love triangle and that makes me kind of mad.
Their quest is a thrilling one. They encounter danger all along the way to rescue Armand’s brother, and at times I wasn’t sure if they were going to make it.
Fans of the first book will enjoy this follow-up. It has all the pretty language and swoony romance that I’ve come to expect in Abe’s writing.
7 – really good but missing a little something – George Weasley