Review: The Deepest Night by Shana Abe

September 3, 2013 2 - 2.5 Stars, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Shana Abe, WWI Fiction 3 ★★

The Deepest Night by Shana Abe
Series: The Sweetest Dark # 2
Published by Bantam on August 13, 2013
Genres: Historical FIction, Paranormal
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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 rescue him.

With Armand, Lora will cross enemy lines on an incredible mission—one that could bond her to Armand forever, or irrevocably tear them apart.

Beautifully written, deeply romantic, and filled with daring adventure and magic, The Deepest Night is a mesmerizing novel of the enduring pull of destiny, and the eternal strength of love.
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.

Review posted at Goodreads.


3 Responses to “Review: The Deepest Night by Shana Abe”

  1. Emily @ Falling For YA

    I was disappointed by this one too. I really liked the first book but I just feel like nothing happened in the second book and the lack of Jesse left a huge hole in the story. Hopefully the next book is better.

    Do you know if this is a trilogy or will it be more books?

  2. Bookworm1858

    Definitely agree about this one-I wanted so much more and then hardly anything happened! I also would have liked more Jesse, a favorite character in the first book (far more so than Armand.)

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