Damn, this story was so good! I loved Lucius so much and certainly felt for him. I wish I saw more from his point of view, but what I saw I enjoyed. He's a good guy put in a tough place by his owner, but he still finds ways to help. He refuses to be cruel when killing and he protected Beth for four years.
Beth is a really developed character as well, with a full backstory. And the chemistry between her and Lucius is strong. Too bad they didn't have a real love story here.
Thanks to the rushed ending, we barely see Lucius and Beth together. And the ending is totally inconsistent with the rest of the story.
For most of the story, Beth is a very inexperienced witch. She holds a lot of power but she can't wield it at will. Then, all of a sudden, she's able to take down an immortal witch who's supposed to be the most powerful in the world? Even years of intense training with an experienced teacher might not be enough to accomplish that. And yet she's able to do it after a short and anti-climactic fight without any real training at all.
What also doesn't make sense is Beth's attitudes towards Lucius. First time they meet, I understand. He was trying to kill her after all. But then she dreams about him for years, knowing they're more than dreams and she sees the conflicting emotions inside of him and acknowledges that he doesn't want to hurt her. But the next time he sees her, she attacks him without letting him get a full sentence out. And after Helena shows u and admits that Lucius was trying to help her, Beth is still mad at him. Why? And what really interested me what the two of them together, but we don't really see that. The rushed and anticlimactic ending knocked a couple of stars off of what could have been a 5-star book.
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