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Heather E. Fowler
5.0 out of 5 starswitty dialogue and a passion filled plot
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2016
Delicious, evocative, witty, passionate, and beautifully well-crafted story. Love it. This installment has the best witty banter between the two main characters. I loved watching them spar with each other. There were quick back and forth moments that made me smile and laugh. Callihan surpassed the other books in the dialogue between the two main characters alone, but through the conflict and the heart-wrenching conclusion and their sacrifice at the end, just made this SO good to read. I mean, damn it was awesome! I think the series just gets better. There are only two books left and I can't wait to dive into them. Adam and Sin still have to find their happy ending and the addition of the Fae as the villains' ups the anti. No more are we dealing with just demons or angels but now the Fae and they are not the good kind of Fae either. The series has a great blend of history and paranormal elements that come together to make an enjoyable story and a world to get engrossed into.
5.0 out of 5 starsQuite Possibly The Best One of the Series UPDATE: 27 Aug 14
Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2014
Kristen Callihan seems to excel at bringing together couples who really don't like each other at the start of these novels in the Darkest London series (which seems to get a bit darker as this series progresses).
William Thorn and Holly Evernight are an extreme example of that talent since their first meeting in this novel he is trying to kill her, not a great opening line in most instances since her feelings are close to his, but this is Darkest London and it only raised the bar a bit higher than the others in this series.
You also do not get wilting flower heroines; the women are strong but still vulnerable. Holly Evernight is possibly one of the strongest of these heroines and still the author was able to build a believable romance here.
What you get is a soaring romance that is wrapped in a mystery with a couple of subplots being moved along at the same time. The lack of the legion of secondary characters that you saw in some previous novels is pretty much missing here and the emphasis is mainly on the main couple which is understandable since the distance from trying to get a couple from "I want to kill you" to "I love you" is an awful long way but Ms Callihan pulls it off right nicely but not without dragging the reader through some pretty emotionally gut wrenching situations and a surprising twist of an ending, throw in an almost Cinderella vibe and you have an amazingly great reading experience that will stay with you for a long time.
I would warn you to take nothing for granted in this story and the last page leaves you with a inkling for what I expect will be a series changing next novel along the lines of Acheron (sorry if you don't know that reference)
Bottom Line: An exceptional novel, well written, a romance that will roll around in your mind for days or longer, an alpha male, an exceptionally strong heroine and it all works together. I only had one complaint, you left us in the dark on the maid, I expect some detail next novel. The ending was a bit of a dark premonition for the next novel and left me a bit unsettled but I guess that was the purpose, hold on to your seat for the next one. This may be the best book of the series to date so don't miss it, the previous novel would give you some better background but is not a requirement I do not believe since most of the important things are revisited. UPDATE: The more I think about it the more uncertain I am about the need to read the previous books, I would now say you need to read the previous book in the series at a minimum, the others would be optional but I strongly recommend you start at book 1
Firelight (Darkest London Book 1)
5.0 out of 5 starsSeries just gets better, no matter what order
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2019
I read bk 1 & 2 yrs ago, so i recently just picked up the added new bks from this series. So, i read the bks kind of backwards. I finished bk 7 last wk & LOVED SIN & LAYLA, SOoooo adorable! Thinkn this bk couldn't top that, but boy it's just as good. I loved Will & Holly's banter, so funny! And the ole' slang British talk was fantastic. It really brings you to their environment & time period. Now, I'm deciding to read bk 3 or 6! Oh, i hope the author cont this series. I want a story about Lucien Stone, or whoever!
5.0 out of 5 starsWill is wicked sexy but with a soft mushy center - loved this
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2014
I was just a bit confused when I started this - with a Darkest London and a London Steampunk book coming out so close together, I started out thinking I was in that other world - but I came back up to speed fairly quickly. I really loved this story, Will is sort of anti hero and he comes back into Holly 's life when he tries to kill her in revenge for her part in the incident in the previous book which had her witnessing his torture and him ending up with a platinum clockwork heart. I reality, Holly was as victim as well even though the heart was her invention and Will 's torment left her so traumatized that she can't bear to leave her house. When Holly foils Will's attempt on her life, they discover that her elemental talent can ease the pain that Will is suffering as the metal from his heart tries to take him over, and in exchange Will becomes Holly's protector since he's not the only one trying to kill her.
In addition to starting as enemies, Will and Holly are pretty much opposite personalities, he's wicked, flamboyant and joyous and she's analytical and reserved, so the relationship takes a good amount of time to develop and the build-up of the attraction between them makes this really steamy. But what really made this wonderful is Will, he's never really had the chance to be loved but he so yearns for it. And once it is within his grasp, he embraces it with his whole soul - which makes the story very romantic when all is said and done.
Woven into Holly and Will 's story is the set up for Adam's story with author Callihan bringing another supernatural element into her world in the form of the Fae. And it also looks like she's beginning to position Sin, the long lost brother to the original the sisters who kicked off the series, for his own book as well. Yay, hope Callihan keeps them coming, I love this series.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother Good Read from Ms Callihan
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2015
I really enjoyed Holly and Will's story. Considering this set in Victorian London these character's have a modern way of thinking (even though their paranormal beings) and I think that's why I really enjoyed it because I don't think the previous character's was like that. Their chemistry, learning that they are actually quite similar, it was really fun to read. I love how Kristen has kept this story flowing throughout the Darkest London series and through the different character's and couples. Can't wait for Adam & Eliza's story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2015
Loved it!!!!! I have read all the darkest london series and I think that this book is not going to disappoint. Holly's story wrapped up the loose ends from the last book it also bought in jacks friend from the Nex and the Ellis brother!! it was a book I could not put down. I will not give out any spoilers but this is not a book to read if you haven't already read the other books in the series. Fabulous.......
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 1, 2014
Really enjoyed this instalment in the series! I loved learning more about Holly and Will and was happy with how things turned out for them! The snippets with Adam and Eliza May as well as Mab have me really looking forward to the next book too! I'm also hoping Sin gets a book! I was really interested to finally meet him and would love to know how he's getting on with his sisters since discovering who he really was!
The story reads much like the others in the series. The characters change the love's still strong and the supernatural world goes on. The storyline for this one was a rollercoaster of Will he won't he or will she won't she but you can't help but love it all.