Dark Harmony (The Bargainer #3) by Laura Thalassa (2018)
NA Fiction | Fantasy | Romance | (TV-MA)
“There are worse things than death. Things that lurk in the shadows and slip into your dreams. Things that have no business existing. Things that once slept … but have now awoken.
For Callypso Lillis, the fae magic that now runs through her veins is equal parts curse and good fortune. For the very thing that bonds her to Desmond Flynn, the King of the Night, also makes her vulnerable to the Thief of Souls, a man who wants to break the world … and Callie along with it.
But it’s not just the Thief whose shadow looms over the Otherworld. Des’s father is back from the dead, and he wants revenge on the son who sent him to the grave in the first place.
Des and Callie must figure out how to stop both men, and time is running out. Because there are forces at play working to tear the lovers apart once and for all … and unfortunately for them, death is no longer the worst thing to fear.”
Book One: RHAPSODIC
pooled ink Review:
Sometimes you love a book for the story, the characters, the setting, and sometimes you love a book because you sync with an author’s writing. I don’t honestly know what it is but there’s just something about Laura’s writing that never fails to make me fall a wee bit obsessed with anything she writes and this book was no exception. Not only that but it was a pretty good conclusion to the epic trilogy of a broken girl and a wandering fae who grow into a powerful Siren and her King of Night.
Does this book get occasionally too distracted by the romance? Um, yeah it does from time to time, but when it really comes down to it this book remains committed to its plot and saving the Otherworld from the nefarious Thief of Souls. If fact while at first it’s as if they’ve set aside the frustrating mystery of it all to focus on their time together, the Thief never quite leaves the page and by the end you’ll be reading double-time as his secrets unravel for a deadly but delightful demise.
Overall this series has some truly frightening and lovely world-building and the lead cast of characters are all fantastic (although I wish we could’ve gotten to know some more side characters, but that’s just me haha). I was drawn in with this gritty P.I. persona colliding with the supernatural in book one and by book three I was holding my breath for what began as a seemingly simple romance had grown into basically a battle to stop the end times. With each book the world got bigger, the characters got more wicked, and the plot pounded faster. Hats off to Laura because although we had to wait an agonizingly long time for this conclusion, it was certainly a conclusion worth waiting for.
Purchase Here: Dark Harmony
Check out the rest of the series: Rhapsodic (book 1) and A Strange Hymn (book 2)