Author: Jeff Giles
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Things have changed for seventeen-year-old Zoe ever since the otherworldly events that brought her together with the mysterious bounty hunter she calls X. In order to save Zoe and her family, X has done the unthinkable - he's given up his freedom and returned to captivity in the Lowlands.
X is determined to break the lords' hold on him once and for all, but being stripped of his power pushes him toward a darkness he's never experienced and a past he's never known. The secrets that surface could be the key to reuniting X and Zoe... or they could mean the destruction of everything they have been fighting for.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
I had been anticipating The Brink of Darkness by Jeff Giles since I finished The Edge of Everything, and this instalment is definitely more X-centric. I enjoyed the setting and the main characters, but I was disappointed with the slow pacing. The book was still enjoyable, however, I wish I could have enjoyed it as much as I had been hoping.
This book picks up right after The Edge of Everything, where X returns to the Lowlands. He continues to work on meeting Zoe again, but he has another mission this time: find his mother. I enjoyed how the setting of the Lowlands is even more developed in this instalment, and I enjoyed reading about this unique take on hell. However, this book seemed lacking compared to the incredible beginning to the series, and I was a bit disappointed.
Zoe is still the sassy and clever main character that I loved from book one. Her touching interactions with her little brother also remained my favourite aspects of the book. X, however, changes pretty drastically in this sequel. I feel like the book is more focused on his character instead of Zoe’s, so he really gets the chance to transform. The reader also gets to see a different side of him as he tries to find his mom. Both characters are enjoyable narrators, and I definitely shipped them.
My main issue with this book was the pacing. It is very slow, and I found that all the action happens at the end. I was anticipating an action-packed story after my experience with the first book, but it just dragged for me. As well, the plot is not as interesting as I has hoped. It focuses mainly on X looking for his mother, and I didn’t really care about that. I would have appreciated more about X and Zoe’s relationship.
The Brink of Darkness is the sequel to The Edge of Everything, and the characters are as likeable as ever. I wanted to love this book, however, the slow pacing frustrated me. I would still recommend this to tie up some loose ends from the first book, it just didn’t measure up to the first book for me.