My pick of the week is a Young Adult title with a bit of a background story. I have said it before, but I have a bit of a checkered past with author Shana Abe and her Drakon series. Or rather I should say I have a love/don’t like/bored/like/sort-of like relationship with her books. The five Drakon books were all over the map for me, and that left me a bit wary of trying out her YA spin-off series set in the same world (albeit years later). It turns out that I truly loved the first book, The Sweetest Dark. I loved the world, the time-period, the characters, the story, and the very suprising (but sad) ending that I didn’t see coming. It was beautifully written, which is something I don’t say often (I think on the level of Laini Taylor‘s Daughter of Smoke and Bone books). I just hope that The Deepest Night catches me the way the first one did.
A rich portrait of post-Victorian England, The Deepest Night seamlessly blends thrilling romance with riveting history and adventure—perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Lauren Kate.
It’s 1915, and sixteen-year-old Lora Jones is finishing up her first year as a charity student at Iverson, a prestigious, gothic boarding school on England’s southern coast. While she’s always felt different from everyone around her, now she finally knows why: She is a drákon, a rare, enchanted being with astonishing magical abilities.
As war hits Britain’s shores, and Lora reels from an unimaginable loss, she finds that her powers come with grave and dangerous responsibilities. At the request of Armand Louis, the darkly mysterious boy whose father owns Iverson, Lora will spend her summer at his lavish estate. To help the war effort—and to keep Lora by his side—Armand turns his home into a military hospital, where Lora will serve as a nurse. For Armand is inescapably drawn to her—bound to her by heart-deep secrets and a supernatural connection that runs thicker than blood.
Yet while Lora tries to sort out her own feelings toward Armand, fate offers an unexpected surprise. Lora discovers there is another drákon, a prisoner of war being held in Germany. And that only she, with her newly honed Gifts, will be able to rescue him.
With Armand, Lora will cross enemy lines on an incredible mission—one that could bond her to Armand forever, or irrevocably tear them apart.
What did you think of this one? I loved enjoyed it being set against the background of World War 1, especially coming off of a string of future-set dystopian books. And after the ending of the first one, I don’t quite know where this one is going to go next.