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review; dreamless

by Josephine Angelini

Can true love be forgotten?

As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out. A ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies’ cry for blood is growing louder.

As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen’s sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.

Review:Okay, I didn’t think it could get more intense. I was wrong. Boy was I glad I was wrong. I mean, yes, a lot of angst and pain – but it has been handle really well.

The lies Daphne has told Helen about her parentage means she and Lucas cannot be together, creating discord because despite everything, the two are now and will forever be drawn towards each other. Helen’s loneliness and pain made my heart ache as I read it, as I watched her suffer and fight through everything that she was going through.

Lucas should not have hurt her the way he did, his hot and cold routine was annoying – but we know just how much he loves her and it just hurts because they are constantly pulled towards each other but they think they cannot be together.

And then we bring in Orion, who is fascinating. He is good and kind, and there for Helen when she needs a friend. It is no wonder she finds herself drawn towards him as well. I will admit that I am torn between the ships at the moment because both men are awesome characters, and I cannot wait to see this develop in the last novel. No lie, I just want to OT3 it so bad. I think I will.

And then we have the rest of the family – Hector (who I adore, who has so much love for his family, who is so strong and protective), Jason (who is annoying me with the overprotectiveness he shows with regards to Claire even though it is understandable – but seriously, there are things he does and says that seem to be ‘I am a Scion so I know better than you’ and I honestly just want to smack him), Ariadne (who is so sweet and kind and still with this backbone of steel) and poor poor Cassandra who I feel for so much.

Claire and Matt are undoubtedly my heroes though. They are good friends who stay by the sides of people who do not need protection, except from perhaps themselves. Their loyalty and love, once given, will be yours till their death. And I adore them for it. They have a bigger role in this novel, and I hope it keeps because their point of view, especially Matt’s, is refreshing. (I cry because Zach.)

But even when they believe they are doing the right thing, they find that they play right into the hands of their enemies. The road to hell is, after all, paved with good intentions. And the love of a woman though, this woman, leads to war, and once again, the world is thrown into chaos. I am intrigued by Hades and Persephone, and so happy for the Furies to be free from their sorrow, even if it did lead to the war.

I am going to finish up Goddess, I think, and hope against hope that things do not get even worse before they get better. (I have a bad feeling they will.)

I’m Aradhna, a 25 year old who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. Recently graduated with a degree in Communications and currently completed a Masters course in Creative Writing (Screenwriting), this blog is a chronicle of all things to do with my Masters project, as well as other general geekiness. I get distracted and sidetracked easily.


  • Olivia-Savannah

    I haven’t read anything by this author but I remember when I first started blogging her books were really popular! It sounds like everything that can go wrong does, and that makes for such an intense story. But it seems like there are some characters here that you really love, and that is what you need in a series to help carry you through the intense moments 🙂

    • Ara

      It was a series I honestly did not expect to enjoy as much as I did. Her writing is really good and I’ve been meaning to pick up some of her other books.

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