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Series: Night #3
Published by Marie Hall Publishing on August 18, 2014
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy
The Priest was back. Her home was safe. And Pandora had even managed to secure a powerful ally in the Zombie Queen. But in one fell swoop none of it mattered. She’s been abducted by a secret organization known only as the Triad, and they’re conducting experiments, treating her like a lab rat: cutting her open, dissecting her, and keeping her hostage. And she’s slowly going mad. Her demons are asleep, and no one knows where to find her. She’s completely isolated, and the Triad mean to break her. But for what purpose? And to what end?
Desperate to get back to her life and the people she loves Pandora manages a miraculous escape... Or has she? All she knows is she's woken up in the woods, alone and terrified and with no memories of who she really is.
Only one thought keeps hammering away at her. The prophecy. A legend, that states Pandora is the key to unlocking Armageddon. The truth of who she is, of what the Triad has made her become, has been sealed in her memory banks. And if she can just remember, she knows she can stop whatever they've got planned.
"And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him..."
From NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Marie Hall comes the third installment in the dark and riveting Night Series.
My Initial Reaction…
Ok – so if you follow my blog you know that I’m a HUGE fan of Marie Hall. And this series is what started it all. I’m adore Pandora and in Howler’s Night my little demon is going through hell! Howler’s Night is torturous, action-packed, sexy, and agonizing – making it the best in the series to date!
Note:Expect some series spoilers… though I can’t imagine why you haven’t read the first two books yet 😉
So I’m not going to waste your time telling you how much I love Pandora and Asher. You already know this from my reviews of Crimson Night and All Hallows Night. But in Howler’s Night Pandora and Asher are going through so much and we’re seeing them in totally different lights.
For one, Pandora is being tortured. Tortured in ways you can’t even imagine. And that’s seriously changing her. You can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever emerge the same person. She’s always had such a capacity for humanity, despite being half-demon, but she’s being brainwashed and you just don’t know how she’s going to come out of that. We spend a good portion of the book watching a very different Pandora. Marie wrote this new Pandora brilliantly and I loved every agonizing moment.
The highlight, for me, was getting in Asher’s mind. That’s right folks, for the first time we’re getting parts of the story told from Asher’s perspective. It makes sense, since Pandora isn’t quite herself – but regardless of the reason, it was such a treat to see how his mind works. Turns out, he infuriates me LOL! I mean that in the best way possible – I mean his love for Pandora is just so consuming you can’t help but love the man, but he makes some seriously frustrating decisions and I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to reach in and just shake him.
We’re also introduced to some new characters – my personal favorite was Death. He’s this Armani wearing, country sounding, meddling and game-playing, ancient barkeep (what else do you call a man who runs a sort-of-bar for demons and what-have-yous?). He was brilliantly written and I honestly never knew if I wanted to trust him or not. I mean he’s death, so instinct says, “no, don’t trust him!” but then he’s doing all these really helpful things and you just don’t know what to think about him. I was torn all the way to the end.
In Howler’s Night we start off with Pandora being tortured, while Asher and Luc are trying to find her. That part of the book was more brutal than I can explain without giving things away – but I will say, it killed me over and over.
In fact, there’s not much about the story I can tell you without giving things away. We know that there’s a prophecy involving Pandora and in Howler’s Night we’re finally starting to see how that might play out. We’re starting to understand Asher much better – in some serious jaw-dropping details. We’re getting to understand the other demons and their abilities better – this was one of my favorite parts of Howler’s Night. Things are being raised to all new heights – the action is more intense, the romance is more fiery, the mystery is more complicated, and the consequences are more brutal.
And of course, just when the intensity has reached it’s max we hit the cliff-hanger ending. The kind that makes your jaw drop and your heart take off as you desperately search for more pages only to realize there are no more. The good news? Marie writes like a bat out of hell, so we probably won’t be waiting long for the next one. I hope.
When I finished Howler’s Night I was overwhelmed with emotions, shock, and goose-pimples. My emotional distress says it all – Howler’s Night was amazing. There’s only one book left and you can certainly feel things marching to an epic conclusion.