Publisher: Black and White Publishing (21 Feb 2013)
The Sarah Midnight Triology continues… Sarah Midnight is no ordinary teenager. She is a demon hunter, caught up in one of the deadliest wars unknown to man. Orphaned at the age of sixteen, Sarah learned the family trade of hunting without her parents to guide her but under the watchful eye of her ‘cousin’, who was revealed to be Sean Hannay, no relative at all, but a dear friend of the real Harry Midnight. Now, in the exciting sequel to Dreams, the fight continues. Sarah and Sean may have defeated the Scottish Valaya, but the rest of the war still rages on, and Sarah, Sean, Nicholas and their companions must unearth the identity and location of the Enemy – the leader of the demons – before the world plunges into the Time of Demons once more. Their quest leads them to Sarah’s family home, the Midnight mansion in Islay, and there they discover horrible truths about the demon ruler, his plans, and Sarah’s own personal history. Along the way, Sarah must battle not only the demons but her hurt toward Sean and her feelings for the enigmatic Nicholas, who has plans of his own.
Recently, I’ve been tidying up my paperbacks, sorting them into books I’ve received to review and those I’ve bought. Imagine my surprise to find Tide hidden away! I reviewed Dreams (the first book in the trilogy) in May 2012 and it was a keeper for me. Of course I started reading straight away 🙂
We begin the second book in the Sarah Midnight trilogy with a prologue. Sarah, aged 8, is with her grandmother Morag. Admonished to protect and preserve the Midnight family, this is the last thing her grandmother shared with her before she went back to where she belonged … the sea.
Chapter One begins almost where we left Sarah. Nicholas is spending a lot of time with her and Sean is on the outside watching over her (using one of his skills so that he can’t be detected).
Sarah is affected by a cloudy mind and loss of appetite when she’s with Nicholas. She’s lost her ability to dream. I wanted to shout at her to wake up and see what was happening rather succumbing to his power. Guess it’s not easy when you’re lulled into nothingness! It’s not long until we find out who Nicholas is and his motive. I loved this ‘darkness’ and how it fits with fairy tales/myths I know, although it is unique in itself.
Once again there are some terror filled scenes with the Sabha attacking those close to Sarah. I was wondering if we would be introduced to more otherworldly creatures/monsters in this mythology and I wasn’t disappointed!
Characters from Dreams come together – Elodie, Niall and Mike alongside Sarah, Nicholas and Sean. They all travel to Islay, to the Midnight family home. We meet Winter and learn more of the Midnight family history. These scenes are action-packed and the plot takes us deeper until we reach another pivotal point.
The love triangle reaches a climax when Sarah finally admits to herself how she feels although this is a relationship that’s destined not to be due to the Secret families code. How poignant the scene is at the end of this book!
The finding of the Carmina Prophetica tells us where we’ll be heading to in the final part of the trilogy … but who is that large bird who when we last saw it, was taking off its mask and afraid of failing? Where does this fit in?
Deception, truths uncovered, a character who I disliked intensely but actually ended up rooting for, terror, action packed scenes, magic and a fabulous mythology and of course the love triangle! has kept me riveted. I can’t wait to see how this will all play out!
Key knowledge we gained from Dreams is shared so if you read this a while ago, your memory is refreshed or if you’re starting the trilogy here, the story will make sense (but I would recommend reading Dreams first).
I would like to thank Janne Moller from Black & White Publishing for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.