Thursday, January 30, 2014
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
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It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death.
Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.
Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.
Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?
Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?
In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.
Sometimes I make really poor reading decisions. Like that time I waited a year to read Through the Ever Night. Because that meant it had been 2 years since I had read Under the Never Sky and for a few chapters I was thoroughly confused. I couldn’t remember SO MANY THINGS. Details that I am sure I was convinced were etched in my memory forever when I first read it. Fortunately, my memory was jogged and I was not only reminded of things I had forgotten but I also got to experience, AGAIN, the full on thrill that is reading Aria and Perry’s story.
Through the Ever Night begins with Perry finding Aria after she has just left Reverie. She is on the search for the elusive Still Blue. The mythical place where the skies are blue and there is no Aether to instill constant fear in the land’s inhabitants. If she can find that, then Hess will release Talon back to his uncle Peregrine AND maybe Perry can move the Tides somewhere safe. Aria first returns to the Tides with Perry and his men so that Perry can prepare and then go on the search for the Still Blue with Aria.
To the people of the Tides, Aria is obviously a Dweller. Regardless of her distinction as an Aud and their Blood Lord’s acceptance of her, she is still the enemy and they do not want her there. Perry insists that she be marked as Aud during her stay with the Tides. During the marking ceremony, Perry senses something has gone terribly wrong. The ink used for the marking has been poisoned and Aria is becoming increasingly ill. That attempt on her life shows Aria that Perry is still working on gaining the loyalty of his tribe. Leaving now would only prove to the Tides that he is not ready to lead. Early the next morning, Aria and Roar take off to search for the Still Blue. Without Perry.
Although hurt, Perry understands why Aria and Roar left without him. He concentrates on taking care of his tribe and preparing for the ever increasing Aether storms. Hoping that Aria and Roar will return with good news before it is too late.
Aria has become such a strong and brave character. The soft girl from the beginning of Under the Never Sky has become a hunter, a fighter and a warrior. A young woman that makes quick calculated decisions while remaining loyal to those that she loves. As for Perry, we see Perry grow so much in this book. He is a warrior reluctantly turned Blood Lord. And he is young and inexperienced in being a leader. But he is sure about one thing. He loves the Tides. And he wants his tribe to be safe and survive. Those two things will hopefully be enough to gain the support he needs to continue. And then there is the ever passionate Roar. His and Aria’s sibling-like relationship is wonderful to watch. And their need to protect each other is life saving numerous times.
Veronica Rossi hits another home run with Through the Ever Night. If you are a fan of dystopian, fantasy and/or science fiction YA, then this is a series that you should check out.