Publisher: Del Rey
Publisher Description: With her husband, Hugh Marsh, missing in the netherworld and presumed dead, Elle Chance loses herself in the task at hand: piloting the airship Water Lily on commissions across the globe. But as it turns out, her beloved is very much alive—the once-powerful warlock reduced to a wraith. When Water Lily is threatened by pirates, Elle will have to channel all her power as the Oracle—the keeper of the barrier between the two Realms—to try to save what she loves most. As the dark forces of Shadow converge around her, Elle must find a way to breach the curse that binds Marsh. But once released, will Marsh return to her—or is their love destined to die so that he can live?
Review: Awesome cover art.
This is the third in the “Chronicles of Light and Shadow” and dang if I didn’t miss the first two. Entertainment factor is high for this installment. Really well done novel. I fuggin stayed up till 3:30 am to finish.
Elle is an asshat of the highest order. She is a myopic, self-centered and temperamental douche bag. But everyone around her knows it and the author’s intention in this regard becomes clear later in the novel (growth and progression etc.). The action is coupled with excellent scene descriptions and characters that jump off the pages.
Minor fall downs were the grammatical errors (uncorrected proof) and some logic fails. In the desert scene with camel, she has 8 bullets left, then later in the scene she counts off rounds fired in quick succession to #9. There are some scenes where you begin to loathe Elle. Her friend has just died of a gunshot wound to the stomach, and while struggling with the hunky Pirate Captain, she starts getting turned on. She promises to kill First Mate Heller and avenge her friends death, but in the end loves him like a bro. At one point it is explained clearly to Elle by Jack, why her wraith husband cannot see or touch her (it would kill her). In the next sentence she thinks “Was he really determined to have nothing to do with her ever again?” This lament goes on and on throughout the course of the novel. Really? It is all about her and her little emotions. So ultimately in exchange for a truce and friendship with hunky Pirate-Man, Logan (LOL), she agrees that they are even for her blowing up his old airship and him killing her friend. Eventually he bangs her in a pool and she gets conflicted about her dead/not-dead husband. And here the love triangle begins which will hopefully desist in the next novel. But probably not as my guess is that she is pregnant with Logan’s’ girl/oracle child, having freshly banged in a fertility pool. If the author does this I will crucify that novel. It will muddle and destroy an excellent story-line with the dreaded love child/love triangle shtick.
If you like excellent writing, great scene and story-line development, fast pace, great action and engaging characters this is the book for you. If jerks like Elle piss you off with their narcissistic behavior and you have a hard time forgiving transgressions, get it anyway as she begins to grow out of it. Or just get it to hear what Hari has to say (controlling the mind is the path to enlightenment).