I received a review copy of Dark Before Dawn, but have been reading this series and would have bought this book to find out how it ends anyway. All opinions are my own.
The final book in a trilogy can be tricky. Readers are now invested in the characters, in the storyline. We know what we want to have happen and if we don’t get the ending we want in the first two books, we still have hope that we’ll get what we want before the series is over. Book three has a lot of weight on its shoulders that way. If the ending isn’t satisfactory, that’s it, there’s not another chance for the story to redeem itself in the reader’s eyes.
Talk about pressure.
Monica McGurk, the author of The Archangel Prophecies, was well aware of these expectations when she wrote the final installment, Dark Before Dawn.
If you aren’t familiar with this young adult series, you can check out my reviews of Dark Hope and Dark Rising. And if you haven’t yet read them, I highly recommend this series, especially for those of you who like to wait until a series is complete to read it, so you don’t have to wait for the next part of the story to come out.
Twelve years have now passed in the story when Dark Before Dawn starts with its action. It wasn’t what I expected, but it allowed for more maturity in the human characters. I don’t imagine 12 years makes all that much difference for the angels, but since there’s interaction between the two, it helps to see a more mature Hope.
While the love story between Hope and Michael still plays a big factor in the story, as does the Fallen, we also see more of the human trafficking storyline. I found my eyes being opened to how a child could be drawn into that world. *shivers*
As for the conclusion of the trilogy, Dark Before Dawn doesn’t disappoint. The storylines are brought to a satisfactory conclusion, though not in the way that I expected. Though that’s all you get from me about the ending because I hate spoilers.
Dark Before Dawn comes out today, October 11. Click to buy it! (affiliate link)