Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Review: Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder
I have been looking forward to reading Taste of Darkness since I finished Scent of Magic, but I have also been nervous about reading it too, partly as it's the last book in the series and I did not want it to end, but also after the ending in previous book I wasn't ready to face the reality of the situation.
Taste of darkness was a big book, with over 400 pages to read, but the minute I began reading I could not stop, and quickly devoured every page. This review is going to be vague for two reasons, the first reason is I don't want to spoil what happens, the second reason is this is written on memory alone, Taste of Darkness was my reading material on a trip to London and I didn't take notes whilst reading.
Taste of Darkness quickly grabs hold and pulls you back into the world, even though it has been a while since I read the previous book, I had no problems getting back into this world and remembering what had happened. After the first few pages I didn't want to believe what had happened, that what I had read didn't really happen, but unfortunately for myself and for Avry, it really happened, and my heart broke all over again.
Taste of Darkness is packed full of action, with more secrets than I ever could have imagined, and new problems arising all the time. The threat of danger is constantly hanging over their heads, every corner they turn brings a new enemy or problem to face and defeat. The plot is perfectly paced, there is never a moment where you are bored or left to wonder, but there is never too much going on to distract you from what is really happening. The characters in this book have to face a lot of their own fears, especially Flea, who I really felt sorry for, they have to push themselves to the limits, physically, mentally, and ability wise.
Taste of Darkness was much more than I expected and I was shocked at some things that happened. I love how seamlessly the events all blend together, leading from one to the other without a hitch. I loved getting to catch up with the characters that feel like old friends, and seeing some old faces return. While I wish that Taste of Darkness wasn't the final book, I do think it ended perfectly.