There’s a spoiler disclaimer at the top of this section’s homepage, so if you’re here and reading this now, I’d assume you’ve seen all the warning and caution signs. But just in case! I’ll say it one more time: there are spoilers from this point forward! Read at your own risk.
Alrighty-then! Let’s just dive right in. I had planned to follow the same structure as my last couple of spoilery reviews, but my mind’s just not working that way right now. My thoughts (and let me tell you – I had a lot while reading this book) can be summed up in the following main points:
- I wish I had re-read Shadow Study before reading Night Study.
Completely my fault. And not super necessary, but I felt that I would have enjoyed the beginning a teensy bit more if I wasn’t struggling to remember what happened previously.
- I said this in my spoiler-free review, but it needs to be said again – Maria V. Snyder is the master of the chapter-cliffhanger.
If you thought I was exaggerating when I said that my reaction at the end of each chapter was something along the lines of “Wait! But! But! What?!?!” – I wasn’t. That was literally my reaction.
- Is. Up. With. The. Commander???
Stop being so unreasonable, Ambrose! Okay, so this question is answered towards the end of Night Study. Mostly. Honestly, I like the Commander, so I hope Yelena’s theory about him trying to protect her and Valek is correct. Guess we’ll find out in the next book.
- And holy smokes, Valek!!!
Poor Valek has had his world turned completely upside down. Several times. (But! Not all of it was bad!) He dukes it out with the Commander and realizes he lost his trust (trust goes both ways, Ambrose), he finds out that he has siblings (Big Brother Valek!!! Really excited about this!), AND he finds out he has powers!!! Say whaaaat! Looks like Yelena’s theory about his null shield was correct – yes! I was hoping for this. (But what exactly can he do???) He and Yelena are now married – yaaaay! **happy dance** and they’re pregnant! **happy dance with high-pitched squealing** They had already reached power couple status and this just takes it to the next level past the next several levels. You go, guys!
What do you think – is their baby a shield or a syphon or something else entirely?
Janco’s my favorite character besides Yelena. He’s just so darn entertaining! He pushes everyone’s buttons, yet still manages to be so incredibly endearing. Side-note, if Yelena blocked out his ability to sense magic when she touched him, does that mean this particular ability of his is magical? He’d hate that. But everyone else would get a kick out of it, I’m sure! Also, is anyone else a Janco-Onora shipper? Cause I am. Three cheers for Team #Janora
- And Dax! No!!!
**sigh** He wasn’t a pivotal character in this book, but I was still sad to see him go. And don’t think I missed the fact that Yelena couldn’t send Dax’s soul to the sky because she doesn’t have access to her powers.