Torment: A Fallen Novel
Random House, 2010 (2010)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
as the second in Lauren Kate's haunting YA fantasy series, starring Lucinda Price. Just after her seventeenth birthday, blamed for the death of a friend, Luce was enrolled in reform school
Sword & Cross
. Luce drew the attention of handsome Cam but was attracted to gorgeous Daniel.
nother friend, Penn, died in
and Luce blames herself. Daniel has revealed to her that they have shared many, many lives together, lives in which she died soon after they met. She wonders about those lives and about the families she left behind. Though she loves Daniel desperately, his unwillingness to answer any of her questions continues to frustrate her. It makes her question their relationship, and wonder about the secrets he still keeps from her.
opens, Cam and Daniel (demon and fallen angel) have made an eighteen day truce, in order to hunt down those who would kill Luce - both
Elders of Zhsmaelin
shunned by both Heaven and Hell
', who have
, a deadly weapon capable of killing both angels and demons. Cam and Daniel agree to move Luce to the Shoreline School in Fort Bragg, California, where the presence of
(who have angel DNA) should shield her from her enemies.
radually Luce settles in, making friends of her irascible roommate Shelby and of the devoted Miles. She studies in a special program with the Nephilim, and learns a little about manipulating
to reveal past history - soon demonstrating that a little knowledge is dangerous and getting into trouble. A girl, Dawn, who strongly resembles Luce, is attacked. Luce strays out of bounds often, a risky habit. She and Daniel argue about it, stressing their relationship. There's talk of
uce desperately wants to go home for Thanksgiving. But when she does, both friends and enemies gather for a violent confrontation. It ends with a cliffhanger in which Luce flees into peril, pursued by Daniel. This excellent
series will attract a legion of YA fantasy fans, who will be anxious to find out what's next for Luce and all the supernatural creatures who surround her.
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