I received this ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group/Clarion Books in exchange for an honest review.
I read this book at a villa overlooking the Caspian Sea and I think that definitely set the mood that had me powering through this in a day.
With the discovery of light magic and that only some can wield it, New York City is split in two, Light New York and Dark New York. Lucie was born in the dark, the daughter of a light magician father and mother from a family that uses dark magic. Dark magic is evil, a necessary evil, or so they say. After her life is completely upended, Lucie is accepted into the upper echelon of Light New York-but it comes with a price.
Once you lose something, it tends to stay gone. This is especially true with chances.
The only thing that makes sense to Lucie in this new world is Ethan, her love for him and him for her sustains her as she remains haunted by the dark.
Maybe that is the only thing I have ever learned about love: love is when you save someone no matter what the cost.
When Ethan’s actions lead her back into the dark, Lucie must once again become the golden thread that lights his way back. With dark magicians thirsty for blood, doppelgangers and an elite ruling council that controls everything, she can only hope her light is strong enough.
The only choice in the Light City or the Dark, was to be twisted or to break.
I enjoyed the book for what it was, but a more detailed review would betray the plot as the world-building was not quite as intricate as some of Brennan’s earlier work. I’m definitely a fan but this one didn’t quite reach the level of The Demon’s Lexicon trilogy for me. About 25% of the way through I could see quite clearly how it would end, which would have been a disappointment had I really stopped to think about it. As it stands I liked the book but I didn’t love it.
Expected Publication: April 5, 2016