Absolutely freaking fabulous!! And SO well worth the wait!
Seamlessly picking up from where Cool Hand ended, the story continues with the reader following Amber into a vortex of spiralling insane memories as her gut-wrenching, painfully suppressed past is brutally exposed in all its gory detail. We finally get to see what's inside her mental strong-box - it's dark, horrifying, and in Ambers opinion, shameful. With the support of her Kin and mentor, Amber succeeds in rising up out of her madness with a somewhat murky clarity of who - and what - she is " … And we are such stuff as dreams are made. Or nightmares." Brilliant!
Poitevin does not disappoint! So dark, but brilliantly and beautifully written!
Let's put aside the fact I've been waiting for this book for, like, forever! Let's also ignore that I just loved the previous 3 books in the series, that I'm a little biased and that this finale is, absolutely, the cherry on the cake! Let's put all that aside, just for a moment, whilst I try share the unbelievable emotional effect this book had on me.
Poitevin doesn't just write a damn good story, she writes a story that reaches out, hooks it's claws into your heart and drags you forcefully into the lives of her characters so deeply, you physically feel their pain, their despair, their love.... and their hope!
What a fantastical, original tale! And I just LOVE the front cover!!
"Abby had never felt the sun's warmth or a gentle breeze; she had never tasted the raw, unfiltered dust of fresh air, smelled the scent of dirt and pine trees, heard the rush of a river or the rustle of leaves......."
This excerpt, to me, underpins the emotional context for the entire story. We experience our post-apocalyptic world through Abby's newly awakened eyes -
When I was 5 years old, I remember whining to my father that I will NEVER be able to read – It was just too hard!
I was 13 before I successfully read my first adult book – a Mills & Boon classic romance (cringe..) but the thrill of reading an entire story was, at that time, a life altering, joyful experience. I recall whooping with excitement while I jumped around the kitchen table, my mother looking on with a proud, but baffled, look on her face.
Now it’s time to say “thank you” to all those wonderful authors who travelled with me on my life’s journey. This site is for you, a small token of appreciation of the many joys you have brought me over the years.>