My Rating: 4.5 hearts
Thoughts on the Novel: Having read an ARC of Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky, I can say that I’d been waiting over a year for the release of Through the Ever Night. When I have such heightened expectations for a sequel, I’ve found that those sequels – particularly if they're the middle book of a trilogy – have often disappointed me. That wasn’t the case at all with Through the Ever Night because the stakes were raised and the characters continued to develop.
One of the issues I had with Under the Never Sky was that Rossi was very vague about the Aether and the Still Blue. Although Rossi still doesn’t say much about the Still Blue in Through the Ever Night, she does describe the origin and initial consequences of the Aether.
With the Aether storms worsening, both Aria and Perry are under greater pressure to find the Still Blue. I assumed this would mean that the two would set out on another journey together. However, for a large part of the book, Aria is with the adorable and hilarious Roar instead. Their relationship remains purely platonic, and I loved that Rossi demonstrates that a guy and girl can be capable of being just friends and nothing more.
Aside from Roar’s increased presence, we also get to see a different Soren and more of the Six, my favourite from them being Reef. As well, we finally meet Liv. I didn’t like her at first, but she grew on me once I understood her decisions. I am still shocked though by what happened to Liv at the end; I can’t believe Rossi did what she did with Liv!
While Perry and Aria still alternate narratives, I feel like Through the Ever Night showed more of Perry’s growth than Aria’s – the opposite of what I thought occurred in Under the Never Sky as Aria became more confident in her abilities to survive outside of the Realms. Here, Perry slowly but surely becomes a true Blood Lord as he makes some tough decisions that others may not think or approve of.
A novel that’s just as amazing as its predecessor, Through the Ever Night was released by HarperCollins in January 2013. I can’t wait to see what Rossi will put her characters through in Into the Still Blue!
Comments About the Cover: Although I like how the cover matches the cover of Under the Never Sky, Perry looks quite modern and well-dressed for an Outsider. He doesn’t resemble the Perry of my imagination at all!