After Cassiel and Warden Luis Rocha rescue an adept child from a maniacal Djinn, they realize two things: the girl is already manifesting an incredible amount of power, and her kidnapping was not an isolated incident.
This Djinn-aided by her devoted followers-is capturing children all over the world, and indoctrinating them so she can use their strength for herself. With no other options, Cassiel infiltrates the Djinn’s organization-because if Cassiel cannot stop the Djinn’s apocalyptic designs, all of humanity may be destroyed.
These books just keep getting worse to me over time. The story doesn’t improve at all. In fact it stays basically in the same place the whole time, which is really impressive. The second half of book one through the third book has all been basically the same thing the whole time. I was bored, and now I’m glad I only have one left.
The plot of this book was infuriating. Cassiel kept going and going and going place only to literally go nowhere. She backtracked several times in this story. It is like the author needed to up the word count and decided that the best way to do that was have Cassiel have to go back a few times to where she just was. Then, not only does this book not just end up back where the book started, it ends up back where book two started. This series makes no progress!
Then, there is a “big confrontation” between Cassiel and her SisterEnemy. This is the poorest planning I have seen for some time. Cassiel does none of it. She just feels like it is her “duty” to do something, so she runs off and does it. No planning, no thinking. Only doing. This is the most ridiculous thing ever. No wonder Cassiel keeps getting her ass kicked, she refuses to do anything other than run into obvious traps, blunder her way into miscommunications, and fighter her way into making bad decisions.
The whole “OH MY GOD CASSIEL WHY WOULD YOU THINK THAT WAY?!” shit is really now. It was terrible the previous book. It is even more terrible in this one. These aren’t djinn ideas Cassiel is having. They’re totally human ideas. They’re logical. They’re the right choices even if she doesn’t have enough knowledge or experience or even fucking backup to be effective. I’m so goddamn annoyed with everyone looking at her sideways every time she does anything human.
The relationship went from bad to awful, too. It was bad enough when they were getting along. They fight this book. All book long. It is filled with cutting barbs, miscommunication, and hurled insults. Luis acts like a terrible person all book. I can’t even fault Cassiel too much in these problems. Yes, Cassiel makes some not so wise choices, but this is her first romance after being human for basically no time at all. This is why I felt like the relationship was bad – Cassiel doesn’t have enough experience as a person for any kind of romance. So we get this book, where they fight because Cassiel doesn’t understand who she is or what she is supposed to do enough to be in a relationship and then Luis goes off. Most of the problems in this book could have been solved if Luis said absolutely anything to her that wasn’t an insult or “holier than thou” comment. This is so fucking shit. I hope this relationship doesn’t last through book four.
There is so little good in this book. I was really disappointed.
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