Ever since she escaped the city within the Wall, Lark Ainsley’s wanted one thing: to find her brother Basil. She’s always believed he would be the one to put an end to the constant fear and flight. And now, hidden underground in the chaotically magical city of Lethe, Lark feels closer to him than ever.
But Lethe is a city cowering in fear of its founder, the mysterious Prometheus, and of his private police force. To get the truth about what happened to Basil, Lark has no choice but to face Prometheus.
Facing her fears has become second nature to Lark. Facing the truth is another matter.
Lark never asked to be anyone’s savior. She certainly never wanted to be anyone’s weapon. She might not have a choice.
Anyway, back to SHADOWLARK, there were plot twists in this book as well but I could more readily see them coming. That is not to say that the book wasn’t good because of that Even though I could see where the twist was coming I still was nervous for Lark because I couldn’t imagine what I would do once I found out what she finds out in the twist. It blurs the lines of right and wrong and makes her question her past decisions all over again!
Now, can I touch briefly on the love interest here with Oren?? I honestly cannot put my finger on exactly what it is about him that I love so much but …I just do. It’s one of those “I-can’t-explain-it-but-he’s-awesome” kind of things. He stays true to his character and who he is at all times. Right when Lark’s all about to break down and you think the guy should step in and be all comforting, he’s not because he’s Oren. And Oren is about survival and not trusting others and being strong. He just tells her how it is. And the physical contact between Lark and Oren is so rare that I absolutely savor every moment and read it over and over again. But even when they aren’t touching (which is 99% of the time) I can feel the tension, I can sense the connection between the two. It sizzles off the page and ugh, can they just make out already?? Alright, I know that the main plot isn’t romance but I really do love that aspect of this book and the things that keep them from being a couple.
All that being said, I’m now a true SKYLARK fan and absolutely cannot wait for the third installment to complete the trilogy. If you like a book with great world building, a slow-but-swoonworthy built romance, and a touch (okay, a whole lot of) magic, then this book is for you.