It's been a while AGAIN :D
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Release date: 13th of March 2012
Series: The Chronicles of Nick #3
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Published by: Atom
Pages: 358 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
The world has fallen in love with Nick Gautier and the Dark-Hunters. Now Nick's saga continues in the next eagerly anticipated volume...
Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That's the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn't the average teenager. He's a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him. He's learned to raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive and keep a girlfriend so hard?
But driving isn't the primary skill he has to master. Survival is. And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known - or he'll be the one who ends the world. With enemies new and old gathering forces, he will have to call on every part of himself to fight or he'll lose everyone he cares about, even himself.
I liked this one less than the previous two, but overall, it’s still a solid series and despite me not enjoying this book as much doesn’t mean its level has dropped. There were many issues addressed that were long overdue and several developments I was quite fond of. My problems with this book were more to do with the incohesive plotlines and jumping from one aspect to another too fast without everything clicking together first. At times the book felt like a puzzle with the pieces looking like they vaguely match with one another, but in reality don’t.
I’m just going to address some aspects that deserve to be highlighted:
Wow, how many times did Nick get severely injured in this book? I felt for the guy, he basically just left the hospital to come back the next moment. I still liked him as the hero though, he’s extremely likable, simple and serious, but a complete dork and your typical, or probably not, teenager.
I appreciate that we had some insight into Nick’s father and he was more prominent in this. Of course, he was set to cause trouble, but he’s been looming over Nick and the whole plot since the beginning so it was interesting to finally make his acquaintance on a more direct level.
It was unexpected yet intriguing to witness Nick in Malachai form and I was surprised by the bargain he made with one specific characters, wasn’t expecting that at all. I don’t really want to know when and how this will bite him in the butt. I’m also glad that the team of three – Nick, Kody and Caleb – was mentioned a lot working together as a well-established and well-functional group (albeit missing the trust and transparency factor still), I had glimpses of the awesomeness of Harry, Ron and Hermione, but much cooler, badass and good-looking.
I’m so incredibly glad that the some things regarding Nick’s mother were somewhat clarified, especially her attitude towards him. I’m slightly less annoyed with her, but she remains insufferable. She blames Nick, has no faith, trust or respect towards him, treats him like a child yet demands he be a responsible model citizen adult, is stubborn as a mule towards any help to her and the list goes on. I’m glad that Nick noticed the ill treatment from her and actually spoke out. Hopefully, she will open her eyes and see what a brat she is, I don’t see her as the angel everyone portrays her as.
Surprisingly, Kody wasn’t as bland and dull as before, I think I’m warming up to her, but I still don’t see any spark within her and when she’s with Nick. Luckily, she has time to change my mind since there are several books still coming out.
I wasn’t very satisfied with the main plot line which was introduced at the beginning since it seemed to fade into the background of all the new characters introduced and Nick getting beaten up. The plot goes in so many different places that the final solving of the original mystery and school folly seemed out of the blue, because I had already forgotten about that plot line. There was just so much going on and it jumped from one place/plot to another. Then again, I have to admit that it kept things moving and even exciting, because you had no idea what to expect in both the good and the bad way.
Not my favorite, but a good addition to the series which had some necessary topics explored and highlighted to move the plot. This felt a little a like a filler book to lead and prepare the reader for bigger things to happen. Nevertheless, this remains a series I’m quite surprised I enjoy to the degree that I do. Great!