a review by Nalini Haynes
Passion tells the story of Lucinda, a 17 year old girl desperately in love with her soul mate Daniel, a fallen angel. Their love has spanned thousands of years as Lucinda has been repeatedly reincarnated to fall in love with Daniel in every lifetime. Lucinda is always baptised or has a related covenant from the religion of her culture imposed upon her at birth. Every lifetime ends with Lucinda dying because of a curse. The only exception has been this current, 21st century, lifetime where she has not been baptised.
At the conclusion of the previous book there was a battle between angels and demons that Lucinda only survived due to the deception of an Outcast who carried her reflection up towards Heaven. Cam, a fallen angel turned demon, shot the reflection down while Lucinda escaped. Lucinda took a shadow and turned it into an Announcer, or portal in time. Lucinda begins this instalment of the series by creating an Announcer then stepping through time in an effort to break the curse. Daniel follows Lucinda, trying to catch her, but he always arrives too late. They play tag through time but eventually their paths diverge. Daniel knows the origins of the curse so his path takes him to the source.
More research into the historical periods was needed, or at least more consultation with experts, to give this story the resonance of truth. Lucinda ‘slipped’ a bolt into her cross bow and apparently that is all it took to ready and fire the weapon repeatedly from horseback, with apparent accuracy. At another point Lucinda picked up a telescope – a millennia or two BC. There were additional details that needed correction.
Lucinda’s companion Bill, a creature in the guise of a gryphon, complained about Lucinda’s total self-centredness that is typical of teens absorbed in their first great love. This book will speak to young adults and the young at heart who identify with an all-consuming love that eliminates concern for anything external to the relationship. However, for the more cynical or jaded reader, this may lack a certain groundedness.
I strongly recommend readers begin by reading Fallen, the first in the series. Passion was my first introduction to this series and this author. While there are recaps, they in no way compensate for having read the full story.
Passion is recommended for fans of young adult paranormal romance. Lauren Kate is a New York Times bestselling author.
Previously published in Dark Matter issue 4, July 2011, blog post predated to reflect the original publication date.