Teen lovers go to Hades and back in this third book.
Small-town 17-year-old singer Daphne Raines is stuck in the Greco-Roman–esque Underrealm, betrothed to Garrick—former servant, current ruler, and increasingly unhinged villain—and missing her magical musical skills, family, and new love, 17-year-old Haden. When a hasty escape brings unexpected powers and alliances, Daphne takes charge to keep the monstrous Keres in the Pits, save the innocents, and get topside. On Earth and in the Skyrealm above it, formal and formerly royal Haden gains humanity as he succumbs to a poisoned-arrow wound and suffers inadequate (but humorous) stop-gap solutions. The third co-narrator, torture-victim Tobin, initially offers little assistance but later proves helpful, as does a crowded cast of disgraced Skylords and diminished deities. Almost all the friends and enemies from previous installments play a role, but early and heavy-handed exposition offers access for new readers while melodramatic reunions, frequent battle scenes, and abundant reversals of fortune keep the story moving. Although Despain weaves in some classical mythology and nods to pop culture, she invests the bulk of her energy in detailing the long-running political and personal feuds of the Underlords and Skylords.
A chaotic conclusion, best for fervent fans and those who want more romance than Rick Riordan’s novels. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)