The Lost Saint by Bree Despain is the second book in the Dark Divine series. It was released in the U.S. in hardcover, audio and eBook formats on December 28, 2010. The print edition is 416 pages.
It’s ten months later and Grace’s life still hasn’t returned to normal – or at least as close to normal as she’s going to get given the events that went down with Daniel and her brother Jude.
Jude is still missing and her Mom alternates between being in overprotective mode and acting like the living dead. Her Dad is gone all the time, supposedly looking for Jude, and neglecting his fatherly duties and responsibilities as Pastor, leaving her, her sister Charity and her baby brother James to fend for themselves.
When Grace gets a call from Jude and discovers cryptic messages telling her not to trust someone, she is determined to find him, uncover the meaning behind his warnings and save him as she promised she would. But when she turns to Daniel looking for help, he pulls away, pleading with her not to go looking on her own.
As he becomes more and more secretive, she wonders if Daniel was the one her brother warned her about. And when she meets someone who is willing to help her harness her abilities and try to track down Jude, she is more than ready to accept his assistance.
Sneaking around and not confiding in Daniel are things Grace never thought she would do, but with Daniel’s lack of trust in her, why should she listen to him? As she grows closer to her mentor and friend Nathan Talbot, will she be willing to walk away from her relationship with Daniel, the one she was willing to sacrifice everything for in the first place?
The Lost Saint is the second novel in the Dark Divine series by author Bree Despain. It continues the story of Grace Divine as she attempts to get control over her newly acquired abilities and find her brother so that her family can be made whole once again. In her quest to do so, her relationship with Daniel suffers and the control she so desperately wants begins to slip further and further away.
This is yet another brilliantly written story by Ms. Despain. The book starts right off with a riveting prologue that will immediately have you questioning everything.
What at first seems like a typical plot with an elusive boyfriend, a lack of communication, a girl turning to someone else for affection and a pretty straightforward mystery, The Lost Saint is instead quite a surprise. Each character raises suspicions and at every turn someone new rises to the top of the list. When you think you’ve got everything figured out, think again.
The story is climactic and builds to an explosive and heartbreaking conclusion that will leave you hanging as Grace once again proves to be a worthy and lovable heroine.
Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]
On a personal note:
I absolutely loved the first book in the series. It was actually the rather subtle but pretty cover that made me buy it in the first place. I had no idea what it was about or where it was leading. I remember being at the edge of my seat for the second half of the book and completely blow-away by its ending. Needless to say, I’ve had this book on my pre-order list for ages.
When I first started to read this I wasn’t sure if I completely remembered everything from the first book, but it all came back within pages. A lengthy retelling was not necessary to bring back all the events from book one. The first story was so different and the storyline stood out making this series very memorable.
I spent the first half of the book so frustrated with Grace and Daniel and the second half completely on-edge, wondering what might happen. I was completely shocked by the ending which is a really good thing. Who wants predictable? And a few definite tearful moments thrown in – yes I did sob just a little bit – made this such a perfect story to read in one sitting. Grace may in fact truly be “the Divine One.”
(And I love the fact that the author includes that Grace’s dad believes that: anything important could be found in a book. So totally true!)
This series is definitely a re-read and I’d like to read both books back-to-back just to have the experience of discovering this as one complete story.
At the time of this review I don’t have any information on the next book in the series, but with the cliffhanger ending, hopefully one is forthcoming next December (or sooner)!
Click here to read the gripping prologue of The Lost Saint from the author’s website.
Book trailer for The Lost Saint:
If you haven’t read the first book in the series, The Dark Divine, here is a peek at Chapter 1 from the author’s website.
Book trailer from The Dark Divine: