Sunday, February 20, 2011
Review: The Lost Saint
Author: Bree Despain
Series: The Dark Divine, book 2
Synopsis (from Amazon): The non-stop sequel to The Dark Divine delivers an even hotter romance and more thrilling action than Bree Despain's first novel. Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalibi. She gave her soul to the wolf to save him and lost her beloved mother. When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do. She must become a Hound of Heaven. Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot - a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero. But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel begins to crumble. Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace becomes prideful in her new abilities - not realizing that an old enemy has returned and deadly trap is about to be sprung. Readers, ravenous for more Grace and Daniel, will be itching to sink their teeth into The Lost Saint.
Let me start by saying that this is an incredibly smart title that makes a lot of sense.
The Lost Saint exceeded my expectations for a story. It really distinguishes this series, and has lots of action and romance. There were many twists that I never expected, especially the last one which was a crazy cliffhanger.
One of the best things about this story is the mythology. The Hounds of Heaven myths tie into the religious aspects in a way that makes sense and even improves the story. I especially thought the part about "The Good Samaritan" was clever. The werewolves in this story are completely unique and with The Lost Saint, the overall series became more original and interesting.
The characters are all likable too. It's so interesting for me to read about Grace because she is genuinely a kind, giving person and she has to deal with this terrible wolf inside of her. She has her faults, especially in The Lost Saint but it adds depth to her character. She isn't perfect, but she's a great person which is usually hard to balance but Bree Despain did a fabulous job with it. We see a bit less of Daniel in this book, but it's still obvious how perfect him and Grace are for each other.
Like in many, many sequels (if not all of them) Daniel and Grace were arguing and basically having troubles in their relationship in this novel. It wasn't one of their faults, they both could have acted better but I was a bit annoyed of their secrecy. Also, a new boy was introduced and Grace bonded a bit with him... I have to admit that I actually liked that in this story. For once, his and Grace's relationship made sense and was tons of fun to read. I won't say more in case I spoil.
The end... WOW. There was 50 pages left and I was wondering how the story would end when everything started going INSANE. There was so much action and drama. The villain was unveiled and his plan was truly horrific (and pretty smart as evil plans go). At one point, I tried to stop reading to absorb everything but the book tempted me too much so I finished it. This wasn't what I was expecting. It was much better, and I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book.
If you're looking for a story with interesting mythology, lovable characters, non stop action, surprising twists and romance, The Lost Saint is perfect for you.