Oh, how I adore this series. Where GRAVE MERCY seduced me into this world with it’s mix of god-touched heros and mortal politics, DARK TRIUMPH is a much more personal tale. Gorgeous, damaged Sybella dominates her story in a completely different way than Ismae, making this both a fantastic sequel and something brand new.
Series enders are challenging because readers expect not just a fresh story and character resolutions, but also answers to every question they’ve asked over the course of The Infernal Devices trilogy. At well over five hundred pages, CLOCKWORK PRINCESS is a large book, which is fitting since it tells not just a large story, but one that satisfies all the demands that the legion of fans this series has garnered have placed on it.
Shana Abe has an unmistakeable lilt, a mystery and music to her writing that transcends individual stories and knits together the whole. Like Robin McKinley, Abe lets time and distance deepen the mysteries between her books, she employs the realistic vagaries of history to make each new story a haunting new landscape.
My initial response to STRANDS OF BRONZE AND GOLD was and up and down of emotions. I was excited to read this variation of the Bluebeard tale, made new by featuring Bluebeard’s goddaughter rather than a wife.
WINTERBLAZE is a complex story, as evidenced by the fact that it took me a a few chapters to feel entirely caught up despite having read read Darkest London books 1 and 2. This orientation was a pleasure, however, as it was accompanied by the witty and sensual introduction of Poppy and Win, a formerly happy married couple, as the hero and heroine.