Sequel to The Stars Never Rise I was excited to see how the story continued.
ONE SPARK WILL RISE
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 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.
The story starts 5 months after the groups escape into the badlands. I liked how Nina skills as an exorcist have grown and that the groups are seen training rather then just miraculously being great fighters. The groups relationships have grown and they have started to figure each persons role in the group as they learn to survive in the badlands.
Part of the plot was predictable and others I didn’t see coming. I found I actually enjoyed the parts I saw coming more than the surprises. Most of the ‘surprises’ I shrugged off or with a certain plot point I questioned the logic behind it. With the plot point me I knew were coming the build up to them and the tension and the hoping I was wrong is what made these parts fantastic.
Finn and Nina’s relationship is great. However I get Nina didn’t interact with the rest of the group very much and we didn’t get as much sisterly love as we did in the first. The dramatic climax fell a little flat but the ending tugged at my heart strings.
The whole book is an emotional rollercoaster. A certain loss even though predicted broke my heart. The open ending left was well written. I wish there was more in the series.