My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: August 16th, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Paranormal, Action, Demons
Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.
In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.
Nina isn’t about to let that happen…even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Such a fantastic sequel to THE STARS NEVER RISE.
Rachel Vincent was right not to stretch this series further. A duology is perfect, even if I would certainly not have minded more of Nina & Finn and the interesting post-apocalyptic-ish world-building full of deceitful demons.
Just like its predecessor, THE FLAME NEVER DIES is fast-paced and so very entertaining. The beautiful truth is, Rachel Vincent is smart. Her twists and turns are creative and unexpected. It’s a pleasure to read this series because I don’t spend my time guessing, I spend it transfixed by the intricate plot.
Almost everything is so realistic and plausible, despite it being a fictive story with paranormal elements. The characters are three-dimensional, the events make sense and it’s as emotional as it’s action-packed. Unfortunately, the secondary characters play less of an important role than I remember them playing in the first book. The focus is mainly on Nina, her power and hero complex (but not limited to her).
If I could, I would only change one thing: the way Kastor is dealt with. I felt like the characters got it rather easy when it comes to him. It’s as if the stars aligned for Nina. She got it easy in my opinion. Doesn’t mean her efforts are not visible and true, but someone as powerful as Kastor should have made it harder for Nina to succeed, I think.
Otherwise, so great. I miss the characters already.
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