Title: Bid My Soul Farewell (Give the Dark My Love #2)
Author: Beth Revis
Pub. Date: September 24, 2019
The stunning finale of the epic fantasy duology from New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis.
Alchemy student turned necromancer Nedra Brysstain has made a life-changing decision to embrace the darkness–but can the boy who loves her bring her back to the light before she pays the ultimate price?
Lunar Island is trying to heal. The necromantic plague that ravaged the land has been eradicated, and Emperor Auguste, the young and charming leader of the Allyrian Empire, has a plan: rid the island of necromancy once and for all. Though Greggori “Grey” Astor wants what’s best for his people, he knows that allying himself with Auguste threatens the one person he loves most: necromancer Nedra Brysstain. Feeling like he already failed to save Nedra once, Grey becomes determined to help the Emperor rebuild Lunar Island while still keeping Nedra safe from harm.
Back at the quarantine hospital, Nedra’s army of revenants are growing increasingly inhuman by the day. Wracked with guilt for imprisoning their souls, Nedra vows to discover a way to free the dead while still keeping her sister by her side.
But, still reeling from the trauma of the plague, the people of Lunar Island are looking for someone to blame, and Grey can only protect Nedra for so long. And when Nedra and Grey are thrust into a battle with an even more terrifying adversary, Nedra will be pushed to the darkest depths of her necromantic powers. But can Grey let her go that far?
This will be a short spoiler free review.
I managed to knock this book out in a handful of hours. It reads very quickly and overall is enjoyable. I don’t have very strong feelings one way or another. I didn’t love it, nor did I hate it. Honestly, I remembered basically nothing from my read of Give the Dark My Love, so I struggled a bit towards the beginning trying to remember how the last one ended.
This obviously picks up right where the first book leaves off with Nedra of a singular mindset – to save her sister. She and Grey go on a journey where they each learn more about what their futures are and who they are. Each never expecting that they’re both puppets being controlled in a much larger scheme.
I will say that the ending was a bit disappointing. It kind of fell flat, in my opinion. It just didn’t pack the punch that I think it was supposed to pack. It was just like, oh it’s over now. And the Epilogue didn’t satisfy me either. It all wrapped up too conveniently. It kind of felt like all the consequences of both Nedra and Grey’s actions didn’t matter, which was kind of annoying.
Overall, I liked how the duology ended, but this isn’t a favorite series. If you’ve read Give the Dark My Love you should definitely check this out – releasing today, September 24, 2019 – and wrap up Nedra and Grey’s story.