Second book syndrome is a thing I have come to fear, particularly when I loved the first book so much. In the case of Through the Ever Night, the sequel to Veronica Rossi’s debut Under the Never Sky, the fear is completely unfounded. This book is just as thrilling, just as compulsively readable as book one, if not more so.
* Spoilers for those who have not read Under the Never Sky *
Perry has become the Blood Lord of the Tides. He has newfound responsibilities that weigh down his thoughts. The aether storms are increasing and the Tides are having difficulties surmounting them. Meanwhile, Aria has come to the compound and is having difficulty fitting in. To ease the transition she and Perry are keeping their relationship a secret, knowing that the Tides still consider her an outsider. Perry is still finding his stride being a ruler and his grasp on power is fragile. But Aria has a greater task at hand – she must find the Still Blue, a fabled paradise that is the only chance of survival. Consul Hess has Perry’s nephew, Talon, and if the Perry wants him back aria must find a myth.
The journey separates Perry and Aria and the trials mount up. Can the two survive the emotional strain to remain true to each other?
This book… this book. I cannot begin to tell you what I loved about it. Succinctly put, it’s bloody brilliant. So much of the book is plot spoilers for those who have not read it, so I won’t go there. I will say this though – I could read these characters over and over again. Especially Roar. No, scratch that… particularly Roar. Roar balances out the dynamics and makes this book a thing of complex beauty. But he brings out the best in everyone around him, so he’s a great addition to an already phenomenal book. The things that happen to him, the things that he brings to the big picture, are truly magic.
Perry and Aria… so many things to say. So many things I cannot say. Rest assured that this series is shooting into my highest heights and I have all the expectations for book three.
5 out of 5 stars.
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