This review and others are posted at Inspiring Insomnia.
Note: This review contains spoilers of the first book in the series, The Sweetest Dark.
The Deepest Night suffers from a case of sophomore-itis. The first book, The Sweetest Dark (you can see my review here), revealed Lora’s shocking secret: she’s a dragon. And so is Armand, who is deeply in love with Lora. Small world! That book was enjoyable for a lot of reasons: The WWI setting in England; the fish out of water aspect of poor-girl Lora given a huge boost with a scholarship to a prestigious school; the rich guy and the poor guy both competing for Lora’s affections; and finally, the slow reveal that Lora and Armand are dragons.
What’s left for The Deepest Night? Not a whole lot, it seems. School takes a backstage, but the girls who tormented Lora in TSD still manage to pop up in TDN to deliver a couple of token bullying insults. Armand is still in love with Lora, and Jesse is still…missing.
Also missing? Armand’s brother, Aubrey, when it’s learned he’s been captured in war. Who better to rescue him than a couple of dragons? Abe’s writing has a dreamy, ethereal quality that serves the many, MANY scenes of flying very well. I’ll repeat: Lora does a LOT of flying in this book, often with Armand riding on her back. But most of what I loved in the first book is missing here, and even all of the flying couldn’t save it for me.
We still don’t have a resolution for Jessie, and I assume that’s being saved for Book 3. I’ll wait to hear reviews before I decide to continue the series.
Note – I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.