Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland
Promise of Shadows, by Justina Ireland • Published by Simon & Schuster • ★★★½ • GoodreadsWho got excited when she saw the Greek goddess Nyx mentioned in this book's synopsis? Yeah, I sure did. But this retold Nyx is unlike the Nyx from the myths we know. Also, anyone else almost rolled their eyes (or actually did) at the synopsis on Goodreads? Surprisingly HOT friend? I am not sure why there is a need to emphasize that but screw that, here's what on the actual hardcover and it's directly from the book but it's SO much better.
Fear and rage settle deep into my middle. They cut through me, and I sense my darkness rising up, answering the call of my panic. It's just like the night I killed Ramun Mar, but this time the darkness is different. It feels like a living thing, an old friend who has just been waiting for the chance to help. Without even calling it, my darkness rises. It shrouds me in reassurance. I welcome the confidence it brings. It feels like I can do anything with the darkness at my side.I will say that the powers Zephyr held are crazy awesome. Also, harpies can apparently smell emotions and the descriptions of those smells always amuses me to no end.
I felt that the suspense in the story was well done, at least for the part between Cass and Nanda. I was kept on my toes to the end with these two because I felt they were fishy, more than Zephyr felt of them.
I think the showdown at the end was rather underwhelming. But I still gave the book a 3.5 rating because I really, really adored how the Underworld was done. The Pits amused me because of the raining excrement. Also, the part where Persephone broke down? A nice touch. I have always enjoyed reading about Hades so when his world is built nicely, I will be nice.