Warning: Review contains spoilers for The Dark Divine
In The Dark Divine, Grace Divine sacrificed everything to save her love, Daniel Kalbi, from the werewolf curse; she was helpless to do the same for her brother, who disappeared. The Lost Saint picks up shortly after the last book left off. The Divine family is struggling, with Grace's father traveling to search for Jude and her mother suffering emotional distress from his absence.
Grace works with Daniel to hone her new powers that came with being infected with the werewolf curse, but when he refuses to continue their training sessions and starts acting distant, she looks elsewhere for help. Soon, she befriends Talbot, who encourages her to embrace her power – simultaneously feeding the wolf inside of her. Meanwhile, a mysterious, deadly enemy commits crimes around the city and lies in wait to enact a more sinister plan. Trying to be a hero and unaware of the dangerous risks she is taking, Grace aims to find her brother and take down the gang before it’s too late
The Lost Saint is a thrilling, suspenseful page-turner that kept me hooked from beginning to end. By telling the story from Grace’s point of view, Bree Despain skillfully keeps the reader in the dark for much of the novel, unaware of the dangers of Grace’s actions and the intentions of those around her until it may be too late. It is essentially impossible to guess what will happen ahead of time, which makes for an incredibly enthralling reading experience.
This perspective also allows us to experience the frightening struggle between Grace and the wolf inside of her first-hand. Despain also introduces more fascinating mythology concerning the wolves, creating new, even riskier situations for the characters. The book ends with an amazing cliff-hanger, which left me all too anxious for the next book in the series.
While The Lost Saint contained less romance than The Dark Divine and Daniel was less present than I would have liked, the action and suspense still made for an incredible novel that certainly does not fall into the ‘sophomore slump’ category of sequels. Judging by the progression of events in the book, I would say that Despain has set up for an even more thrilling, high-risk conclusion in the sequel.
- The author's website is www.breedespain.com
- Publisher: Egmont USA
- Date of Publication: December 28, 2010