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Perilous Light: Book Two of the Afterglow Trilogy Paperback – March 29, 2012
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It is unusual that the second book is stronger than the first, but this is by far the better book. We get more adventure, more development of the characters, and a better look at this other world.
Perilous Light takes place a year after the end of the last book. Our main protagonist, Charlotte, has been struggling with being away from her soulmate, or Gerard, who still remains in the other world. She is surrounded by several other guys (Guardians) to protect her from the evil Blake. They adventure back to that world to band with the other rebels to take back their freedom. Kevin, her sibling, once again joins her, and we get the perspective for the first time of Calvin, her Gerard.
As I said before, this is the stronger novel. I loved all the developments, the twists, etc. I absolutely loved that a hint that was placed in the first novel does get revealed in this one. Ivy certainly knows how to plot and wait to reveal her secrets. There's a couple of issues (mainly just personal preference)-- I know why she does several perspectives, but I'm not a huge fan of that. I think it's much more difficult, but almost more rewarding if we only see things from one perspective. I'm also a little confused at times why she selects certain passages to be in one character's perspective when it mostly affects the other.
That said, I greatly enjoyed this book. I rarely get so into a trilogy that I will definitely pick up the next book, but I am eagerly awaiting the third and final book. I am interested to see what she will do with Liam, as I think he will end up being more important than he is already (at least I hope so!), as I think he is the most compelling male character.
Overall, a very enjoyable read, great characters and terrific plotting.
It has been a year since Charlotte left Enero. It’s been difficult being away from Calvin. Liam and James have been keeping an eye on her. Henry has also infiltrated her inner circle and is dating Rachel. Kevin is at college playing basketball.
Charlotte knows they have to go back. The resistance needs help and they need to save her mom. It happens sooner rather than later. Charlotte, Kevin, Monty and her guardians enter the gate. They have a job to do. Charlotte is to take a group and go save her mother. Kevin is taking another group to persuade other countries belonging to the Pact to side with the resistance against Blake. He has grown stronger and darker. His powers are surprising. They need all the help they can get to defeat him.
Kevin has to blindly be the Ambassador and Charlotte has to trust in herself as the Essence. They are both tested at every turn. As they prepare for real battle they learn what they might have to sacrifice.
This is the second book in the series. The story picks up a year later. You can see how Charlotte is suffering without her Gerard. This story is full of surprises concerning Liam and what Kevin achieves. I also like that Charlotte is gaining confidence and embracing her destiny. She is my favorite character. She has had to make the tough choices.
This book is setting up for the epic battle that is coming. It gives you a little taste at the end. There are some shocking revelations from the author. This story was a good bridge of the beginning of the series, setting up for the end. I can’t wait to see how it ends. A great addition. I give it a 4 out of 5.
Unfortunately, I feel that although the author potentially has great talent, this series was almost painful to read at times. It was rushed from beginning to end with little to no character development. Aside from portraying Charlotte as "shy" and almost friendless which I could never quite tie into the plot. It was extremely difficult to connect emotionally with any of the characters, including the heroine. The "love triangle" was just bad...really bad. I found the end resolution to be unbelievable and almost unfair to both male charaters.
The author made an effort to portray some mystery at times but it always fell flat. There were parts in the series where I felt like a teenager was doing the writing and not an adult author.
With each book I expected it to get better and for the story to evolve and yet that never happened.
So, I am giving 3 stars...it's ok and maybe not everyone has the same standards that I do. Younger teenagers would probably really like this series...those of us who are a little older will recognize the deficiency in this trilogy.
Having said all this, I would probably give this author another chance later on.
I am glad Emma is alive and looking forward for dad to join his family now. I think these books should have been longer and spent more time on Charlottes training and Calvin and Charlotte.