Through the Ever Night
HarperCollins, January 2013
From the publisher—
It’s been months since Aria learned of her mother’s death.
Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.
Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It’s a moment they’ve been longing for with countless expectations. And it’s a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first. Then it slips away. The Tides don’t take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry’s control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?
Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?
OK, it’s official—this is my first gushing book review of 2013. I’ve been waiting nearly a year for this book, getting more and more antsy as time went on and, as it turns out, the seemingly endless wait was worth it. More than worth it.
I fell in love with Veronica Rossi‘s characters and story in Under the Never Sky and the only quibble I had was I wanted to know more about the Aether and the Unity. There is still much to learn but the author has given us some insight into both, enough to tide me over till the third book in the trilogy.
Aria has matured into a strong young woman, strong physically and emotionally, despite her extremely sheltered upbringing and she clearly feels comfortable on the Outside now. When she and Perry are finally reunited, the connection between them is shown to be as intense as they both thought when separated for months. Their romance is one of the most natural and honest I’ve seen in young adult fiction and I especially appreciate the way they both understand that their feelings for each other are not top priority, that they have obligations to others that must be fulfilled as far as humanly possible. Separated once again, Aria and Perry each have missions that just might be life-altering. Perry, in particular, has a tough road ahead to gain the full trust of his people and watching this 19-year-old try so hard to become a real leader is a true pleasure.
Secondary characters are just as important in Through the Ever Night as they were in the first book and becoming reacquainted with Roar and Cinder was a pure delight for me. Cinder is such a damaged child and wants nothing more than to be accepted as normal…but normal he is not and he finds himself at the center of a time of crisis. Roar, on the other hand, could be the strong and very likeable guy next door who lives in the shadow of his best friend, Perry, but Roar is a man to be reckoned with. He is the one I would want by my side, not only in a fight, but during all those times when emotional support is so sorely needed.
Ms. Rossi has upped the ante this time with the future of everyone Aria knows on the Outside and in Reverie and, although there are passages that are somewhat slow, as there would be in anyone’s life, the tension is always there, sometimes enough to make me feel as though I was right in the thick of it. Will Aria and Roar find the way to the Still Blue? Is Perry’s nephew, Talon, alive? Can the Tides come to believe in their young Blood Lord? High suspense tempered with a modicum of romance (but a lot of real love) along with some moments of utter heartbreak and others of joy all come together in a tale that continues this author’s well-deserved status as one of the best young adult fiction authors writing today. Her telling the story from the perspectives of both Aria and Perry is so well done that I could have been sitting around a campfire with the two of them while they took turns telling their parts of the tale.
Next will be Into the Still Blue but we’ll have to wait far too long for that. We can hope that Ms. Rossi will offer her readers another novella to tide us over like her wonderful Roar and Liv. For now, I just have to thank the author for this completely engaging continuation of Aria’s and Perry’s story. It is the first book I’ll be putting on my list of best books read in 2013.
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, January 2013.