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Review: Shadows in the Silence

Shadows in the Silence

SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE by Courtney Allison Moulton will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 480 pages.

SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE is the third and final book in Courtney Allison Moulton’s Angelfire trilogy.

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Goodreads description:

Your strength in heart and hand will fall. . . .
Ellie knows that the darkest moments are still to come, and she has everything to fight for:

She must fight for Will.
The demonic have resorted to their cruelest weapons to put Will in mortal danger, and Ellie makes an unlikely alliance to save him and to stop Lilith and Sammael, who seek to drown the world in blood and tear a hole into Heaven.

She must fight for humanity.
As the armies of Hell rise and gather for the looming End of Days, Ellie and her band of allies travel to the world’s darkest and most ancient regions in her quest to come into her full glory as the archangel Gabriel.

And Ellie must save herself.
Her humanity withers beneath the weight of her cold archangel power, but Ellie must hold tight to who she is and who she loves as she prepares for the ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.

In this final installment in the Angelfire trilogy, Courtney Allison Moulton brings her dark world of epic battles and blistering romance to a blazing bright conclusion.

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What a way to end the series! Courtney Allison Moulton’s SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE is the best yet – an epic finish to an amazing series. Richly detailed, incredibly captivating, packed full of action and filled with hope and sadness, heartbreak and beauty, this story continues to build until its climactic conclusion.

Battles will be fought. Lives will be lost. Hearts will be broken. And all questions will be answered, all loose ends will be tied up, with an ending that can only be be described as “killer.”

This series has really evolved over the course of the three novels. In this third book in the series, there is a depth to the writing and storyline that hadn’t existed in its predecessors. The challenges the characters are facing are that much more intense and the decisions they have to make are that much more weighty.

The main character, Ellie Monroe, has also gained strength and has really grown into who she was meant to be. Yet she still retains some of those qualities that make her the Ellie readers have come to love, and at times are incredibly frustrated with.

The story explores the lore even further, touching upon ideas and possibilities that are utterly fascinating, making for an even more riveting read. The setting is extended globally, creating an even more exciting adventure. And the battles the characters must fight are that much fiercer, more deadly and more devastating.

SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE will take readers on an emotional roller coaster, which continues to the very last word. Sacrifice and loss, faith and trust, love and hate are only a fraction of what the characters must endure, struggle with, face, embrace, in order to survive and ensure the safety of mankind.

This final book in the series gives readers one last look at the characters they have come to love and loathe. It gives some of them a happy ending and others a tragic one. It brings some closer together and tears others apart – both literally and figuratively. And it answers the burning questions of whether the Preliator is strong enough to take on Sammael and the legions of demonic reapers at his disposal and just what price she’ll have to pay in order to even try.

SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE is an absolute must read conclusion to the Angelfire trilogy. For those already invested in the series, it will keep you on the edge of your set until the final battle has been fought and beyond. For those just considering this series, with a final book as expertly crafted as this one, with characters just so easy to get attached to, it’s a series not to be missed.

Reviewer gives this book…

6

Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

On a personal note:

I sobbed my way through the last hundred or so pages of this book. I did not want this series to end. And reading that ending? It killed me. I was DOA when I arrived at the last page.

It took me at least twice as long to read this book because I didn’t want to say goodbye to the characters. I didn’t want to find out how their story ended. I didn’t want there to be a world where there was no more Ellie, Will or Cadan. And I still don’t.

I didn’t think I could love these characters any more than I already did. Well, maybe I thought I could love Ellie more – she could be a little maddening at times – but then again so could Will. So, maybe I thought I had room to love him even more, too.

But Cadan? I never thought I could love Cadan more than I already did. But oh my gosh I loved him even more. For who he was, who he became, what he’d been through, what he was willing to sacrifice and what he had to lose.

There was so much history, so much heartbreak, so many battles, so many nail-biting moments that I thought I would hit sensory overload. I managed to hang in there, but it was one heck of a ride.

My mind keeps turning bits and pieces of the story over and over. I keep wondering just where things might be headed in the future for those characters that did make it to the end of this story. Of course I’d love there to be more.

I am still incredibly heartbroken that there is no more story left to be told. But I can’t complain too much, because what Ms. Moulton gave us in SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE was so un-be-freaking-lievably epic.

There was so much to this last book that it almost felt as if there were three complete stories in just this one. The series ended with a spark and not a fizzle. It left me completely satisfied with what I got, even though it left me wanting more. Which made it the perfect ending.

ANGELFIRE was one of the very first books I reviewed and I will miss pining for the next release in the series each year. But seeing just how much the author has grown as a writer across these three books, I am excited to see what else she has to offer.

But oh my gosh I miss Ellie, Will and Cadan. I will miss discovering even more about the angelic and demonic reapers. I will miss getting a glimpse of Gabriel and Michael. And I will miss the vir and the ursid… okay, maybe not miss them, miss them. But I’ll miss seeing them lose in battle.

SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE was everything I hoped it would be. As much as I dreaded discovering that ending, taking the journey to the end was absolute perfection. I was spellbound. I had my heart ripped out. I experienced each and every one of those twisty-turny moments. And yes, I cried the ugly tears.

So, of course I consider this book off-the-charts amazing. It pulled me apart. It left me wrecked. But it didn’t destroy me completely. Because the author gave both Ellie and me one thing… and that is hope.

But for now, all that’s left is for me to say my goodbyes. Which I will do. Right after I finish sobbing. Again.

Favorite passage:

Oh there were so many. The kick-a**, the heartbreaking, the swoon-y, and the ones that made me think. Though I would have loved to choose something a bit more torturous, I decided to go with swoon-worthy.

And, yes, it’s just a tease from a much longer scene.

“I should go.” I turned and took a step toward the door, but he grabbed my hand and spun me around, yanking me into him hard as I let out a gasp of surprise.

“Don’t,” he said. His eyes were green orphic fire, piercing me for a heartbeat that felt like an eternity, and then his mouth opened hungrily against mine.

This review is based on an ARC I received through a trade and contains my honest opinion about the book.

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