Three and a half ‘Lifesong’ stars 🐼🐼🐼🐼
‘Dark Purpose’ is the sequel to ‘Dark Intent’, a story about a conflicted healer and her fate in a hostile environment which is not only scary but also surprisingly appreciative of her gifts. It explores the struggles one can face when there are no white and black choices, just shades of grey.
The world setting is the same city as in the previous novel but explored further, providing a suitable backdrop to the difficult movements of the Resistance cast who sneak about, navigating the streets full of non-friendly Guardians.
I liked the plot of this book better than the first one, it is well organised and has all the good points of a thought-out novel. Plotting an uprising is really hard in my opinion and this is where this book shines.
The pacing is great – Ms Endacott nailed the stakes and the beats. I read this book a lot faster than the first one, curious to find out how things were going to go wrong next and how the characters were going to react.
On this topic, main character Freya in this book has finally turned into an active protagonist. She thinks, feels and makes decisions. The start was a bit jarring as I hadn’t realised she had already made the big decision to join the Resistance but after that was cleared out it was way easier to follow her intentions. She also has one awesome power!!
Other than that, I didn’t like how Makkyd and Symon were developed – I had hoped for different characters. But life is not always how we want it! Both were really consistent and well-place though. I get it with my mind why they are what they are but my heart was fighting it!
The writing style is similar to the first book. There is a lot of show as opposed to tell but I didn’t mind that much because the pacing was good, pulling the rather lengthy sentences at times into a good, coherent story.
I look forward to the next book.
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