I just finished Darkness, Kindled by: Samantha Young and I am a bundle of emotion. This was an epic conclusion to the series. I could go on and on, but instead of doing that I will get right to the description and review:
Ari chose to be a Guild Hunter. She wanted to hunt dangerous Jinn and destroy them before they could harm innocent people. But now that Ari is a member of The Guild, she finds herself in the impossible position of hunting her ex-best friend – human-turned-dangerous sorcerer, Charlie Creagh. As Ari struggles to come to terms with her duty, an ancient Jinn and his companion want revenge on her for using the command of the Seal against them; the White King refuses to give up on his quest to resurrect Lilif, and Asmodeus isn’t done toying with her.
When Ari can take no more, rushing to the Sultan Azazil’s side to demand of him the favor he owes her, the events she sets in motion will not only alter everyone’s lives, it will kindle a darkness that will shake the realms to their very core.
So many emotions are coursing through me right now that I don’t really know where to start. This was 100% a bittersweet read to me. I absolutely could not wait to get my hands on it, but at the same time, I knew it was the last book in a series that I totally did not want to end. And what a finale it was!
This book was divided into three distinct parts. I’m assuming (though I don’t know for sure) that each of the sections were going to be the three books that this was originally supposed to be. Even though I would have liked more books, I think Ms. Young made a smart decision by combining everything in one book. The pacing in this book was perfect. There was never a dull moment, but at the same time, nothing felt rushed. Had this been broken into three books, I think there would have been some major pacing problems resulting from trying to stretch not enough information over too many pages.
What else can I say about this book? Ari is still a strong heroine. She has really come into her own and was very take-charge in this book. I like that. She doesn’t let other people push her around just because she hasn’t been in the Jinn world for as long. On the same note, her decisions are actually smart and make sense. So often I read about strong-willed heroines who don’t want to listen to anyone and who end up making things worse instead of better. that was not Ari at all. She took what she knew and made the best possible decisions she could for her circumstances.
Jai is still totally drool-worthy. He and Ari have their highs and lows, they both have strong personalities and want to be right, but at the end of the day, they love each other and their relationship feels real. It isn’t all rainbows and butterflies all the time; they butt heads but then they make up and move on. I love them together.
I think Trey and Glass is weird, but I think its because all we get to see of Glass is his stoic facade. We know he cares about Ari and Jai; we just don’t get to see it as much as, say, with Red, who is very outspoken.
This book did a great job of tying up loose ends, but at the same time, I would not say No to another Fire Spirits novel. This series is one of my faves and I am sad to see it end but love how it ended.
To learn more about the Fire Spirits series, go here.
To purchase Darkness, Kindled, go here.
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