Title: The Deepest Night
Author: Shana Abe
Publication Date: 13 August 2013
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Source: ARC via NetGalley
It’s 1915, and
sixteen-year-old Lora Jones is finishing up her first year as a charity
student at Iverson, a prestigious, gothic boarding school on England’s
southern coast. While she’s always felt different from everyone around
her, now she finally knows why: She is a drákon, a rare, enchanted being
with astonishing magical abilities.
As war hits Britain’s
shores, and Lora reels from an unimaginable loss, she finds that her
powers come with grave and dangerous responsibilities. At the request of
Armand Louis, the darkly mysterious boy whose father owns Iverson, Lora
will spend her summer at his lavish estate. To help the war effort—and
to keep Lora by his side—Armand turns his home into a military hospital,
where Lora will serve as a nurse. For Armand is inescapably drawn to
her—bound to her by heart-deep secrets and a supernatural connection
that runs thicker than blood.
Yet while Lora tries to sort out
her own feelings toward Armand, fate offers an unexpected surprise. Lora
discovers there is another drákon, a prisoner of war being held in
Germany. And that only she, with her newly honed Gifts, will be able to
With Armand, Lora will cross enemy lines on an
incredible mission—one that could bond her to Armand forever, or
irrevocably tear them apart. (Goodreads Synopsis)
The Deepest Night was a good second instalment in the series. Unlike many second books, this one did not feel like filler and I actually enjoyed the storyline as much, if not a little more, than that of the first book. The characters came back strongly, except I found the presence of Jesse inexplicably both too much and not enough at the same time. Something about it felt wrong but I can't quite articulate why. Other than that, though, there was some good character progression and the introduction of a new character - no doubt ready for book three.
A lot of the story depends on the reader knowing what happened in book one, so these books do need to be read in sequence, but I can recommend the series for YA paranormal fans looking for a change from the usual vampires, fairies and angels.
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