It’s hard to say goodbye to a series I have enjoyed as much as this one. This seventh installment is the last in Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series, and while a new reader could probably catch up, I’d definitely recommend starting with Firelight; one, because I loved that book like chocolate, and two, because this book is really a culmination of the series. It pulls together lingering threads, builds bridges between stories, and ends with the world in a very different place from where it began. It’s also a long awaited happy ending for a character who has been to hell and back.
St. John –Sin– is the estranged brother of Miranda, Daisy, and Poppy. They’ve shut him out since they learned he betrayed them to the enemy. But they have no idea he did it because he was forced against his will. Now, he is Judgement and serves the mysterious Augustus, guardian of his beloved friend from childhood, Layla. This book gives a lot of backstory on Layla, Augustus, and Lena (another villain-type from previous books.) I don’t want to spoil too much; I will say that Layla is not human, but she doesn’t know that until she reaches her maturity. And with that, comes a great danger that she will be stolen by one of her brethren to mate. Augustus tasks Sin to be her protector.
Layla and Sin love each other, but so much time has passed since they last saw each other –and so many things stand between them. Secrets. Danger. Sin’s past and his shame. His fear. But Layla is a smart cookie. She may have a lot to learn about the supernatural world, but she knows how she feels. And she knows how Sin feels. These two really are great together, and I loved watching her break down his walls, giving him the love and acceptance that he never dreamed possible.
Another thing I loved, the secondary storyline between Lena and Augustus. I wanted more. These two had the juice to sustain their own story. There was so much fire there, so much angst and love and regret. As much as I enjoyed Layla and Sin’s romance, I found myself greedy for more time with the other two.
As with most final books in a series, Callihan uses this opportunity to bring back most of the characters from the previous books. I felt like the ending really brought everything and everyone together. I liked, especially, that there was an extra focus on Archer and Miranda. This couple started the series and swept me up in this world. Their storyline here makes me want to go back to the beginning and enjoy their love story all over again.
This book goes by fast. Maybe it seemed short because the focus was split a little or maybe the plot just made the words fly by. But regardless of why, it felt over too soon. The ending was cool, though, and I was happy with where Callihan left all of these characters I have grown to love.
It didn’t quite pack the punch as my favorites like Firelight or Evernight, but it gives a satisfying conclusion to a really great series. If you’ve never been a part of this world, you’ve been missing out.
*ARC provided by publisher
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by Kristen Callihan
Release Date: June 28, 2016