One halo brought sight to Brielle. Another offers sweet relief from what she sees. Brielle can't help but see the Celestial. Even without the halo, the invisible realm is everywhere she looks. It's impossibly beautiful - and terrifying, especially now. Because a battle rages above Stratus, Oregon. The Terrestrial Veil is ripping, and demons walk the streets past unseeing mortals. Dark, sticky fear drips from every face, and nightmares haunt Brielle's sleep. Worst of all, Jake is gone. The only boy she's ever loved has been taken by the demon, Damien. When she receives instructions from the Throne Room leading her to Jake, she unknowingly walks into a diabolical and heartbreaking trap. Now she's stranded in a sulfurous desert with the Prince of Darkness himself, and he's offering her another halo - a mirrored ring that will destroy her Celestial vision. All she has to do is wear it and she'll see no more of the invisible world. No more fear. No more nightmares. No more demons. It's a gift. And best of all: it comes with the promise of a future with Jake, something the Throne Room seems to be taking from her. Will Brielle trade the beauty of the Celestial and the truth of the world around her just to feel ordinary again?
After seeing our characters put through the wringer in the previous two books, it was actually hard for me to finish up the series. I just wanted the happy ending! Thankfully, I did eventually get that happy ending, but a lot of turmoil came first. There were several fascinating twists and turns and quite a bit of emotional upheaval, but this conclusion was both captivating and satisfying.
Despite the fact that this is the same narrator as the previous two installments, the narration was not as good. She was frequently over-acting. Our protagonist's voice was far too often completely distraught and overcome, even though the text doesn't always seem to support the tone choice. The result is that she actually started to annoy me at times with her gut-wrench-y wailing.
Still, worth it to effectively end a beautiful and thought-provoking series.