Wow, this release was a total surprise. After absolutely adoring the author’s (All for the Game #1) I couldn’t wait to read her next book. I wanted to know if my love for the Foxes was a one-time thing or if the author could deliver another hangover enticing work.
What I took away from reading Elysium was that the author has an amazing imagination and a true talent in building complex and layered story arcs. The author’s signature wit and style reminded me why I loved her previous work so much. But unfortunately Elysium never gave me the same feel or connection I had with the Foxes.
It took me a little to get into this book. Fantasy series usually require a longer build up, a time for me to get used to the world and all its complexity. Additionally I didn’t really know where the story was taking me. Lot’s of new characters made it hard to know who was friend or foe. It took time to get past the initial confusion of where the story was going to the point of where I felt like I knew what was going on. Midway through the book I started getting into the story, the characters and plot.
The story on its own was intricate and beyond imaginative. Truly unique and different. Elysium, the house Evelyn was connected to reminded me of the Inn, from the Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews, which I always thought was a fantastic and unique idea.
During the last quarter of the book the story lost me a little. There was just too much going on, and what was happening didn’t really speak to me as much as I hoped it would. On the other hand, I would love to read more, since it feels like it was just a first book in a series. It felt far from finished and I can see myself getting invested with more time.
What I felt was unfortunate was that I didn’t really love any of the characters besides liking Evelyn, her ghost and pet dragon. I needed Evelyn to have a deeper connection to a main character. She was floating, untethered and aimless until the very end of the book. That’s why I hope there will be more books coming. Elysium has great potential and I can' wait to see where the author takes this story.
All in all, Elysium confirmed that the author knows how to pen an awesome story, it just didn’t reach the awesomeness of the Foxes. And I didn’t feel the all-consuming love and passion for it as I did for Andrew and Neil.