Having finally reunited, and fought off The Deceiver for now, Mary and Michael race up the Michigan peninsula to meet Astra before police forces catch up with them. But the closer they get, the less Mary is willing to trust a woman who by her own admission will do anything to finish The Deceiver – even if it means killing Michael and Mary to try again in another life. As they face their final battle unsure if they can trust either side, Michael’s loyalties are tested, making him vulnerable just when Mary needs him most.
Despite my frustrations with the pacing and overwhelming world building of the previous installment, I had high hopes for FALLING LIGHT. Unfortunately despite this being one of the most unique worlds I have read in a long time, it just wound up being a difficult read. That unique world wound up just making things rather cumbersome as it was difficult to navigate all the different aspects. It's one of those reads where you really have to pay attention in order to follow things, and unfortunately I just wasn't able to sink into things as I would have liked. Don't get me wrong, FALLING LIGHT was enjoyable in part, but I still felt mostly disjointed which just left me feeling disappointed. I prefer to read to escape rather than have to pay close attention to complicated world rules.
I think another reason why this one only wound up being only a mediocre read for me was the lack of passion in the romance. Getting back to the disjointed feeling, that could sum this relationship perfectly. In the first book there was a decent amount of steam, but I still didn't quite attach. So this time around I was definitely hoping for just a bit more now that they had been together for a while longer and supposedly had this soul deep connection. Unfortunately that just didn't pan out as they spent most of this book dealing with massive insecurities and a overall lack of communication, which just left me wanting more.
I feel really guilty rating a Thea Harrison novel only at a two considering just how much I love her other books, but while I was able to finish this book it definitely wasn't easy at times. In the end, I don't regret seeing the duo-logy through due to the uniqueness, but in the end, Thea's Elder Races series largely outshines this one.