Title: Beautiful Darness (Caster Chronicles #2)
Authors: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
First published: October 2010
Recommended for: dark, fantasy ,paranormal romance fans
Date read: Feb 6-8th 2013
Well, I must say I was just a little disappointed in this novel, compared to the first one. The second book seemed a bit slow, lacked a lot of romance scenes and I missed the emotional connection I got to experience in the first novel, as well as the fast-paced action.
I kind of relate this book to ‘New Moon’, from the Twilight series, the book in a series where the couple are apart and not much happens except for at the very start and very end of the novel. The only reason I got through the novel relatively quickly because I was impatient to know what would happen. Although, some elements of the ending, where the action really happens, I was surprised at, I still found it a little anti-climatic: not much happened, or so it seemed. Although I think a fair bit happened, the writing was still ‘slow’ and it wasn’t that fast-paced, action-packed writing that gets you into those type of scenes.
I still love the relationship between Lena and Ethan despite being apart. I know I didn’t get that real connection whilst reading the novel, but it was so lovely seeing Ethan never give up on Lena, and fight for her the whole time, he is so devoted to her. I know I have already mentioned New Moon, but it was like in New Moon when Edward leaves, Bella stays in her room and be’s sad forever, but Ethan fights for Lena from the start, he doesn’t mope around, he does whatever he has to to be with her. I also loved seeing more of Ridley and Link, as well as getting a better insight into their feelings for each other. In fact, all the supporting characters are fantastic additions.
Well, that’s all I have to say! Guess, my next review will be the next novel in the series!