Torment is the 2nd in this series of Fallen Angels and Love through the Ages by Lauren Kate so be warned that there are likely to be some spoilers for Fallen below. I have to say that these books have the most beautiful cover art. They are honesty a delight for the eyes and initially that is why I picked up the 1st book Fallen. If I’m honest when I finished Fallen I really enjoyed it but felt I wasn’t really gripped until the last third of the book when all the pieces started to come together and fall into place. Like Luce, I felt lost with so many puzzle pieces and conflicting information and didn’t know what to make of it all. It was an interesting idea for a love story and the characters were good but I was a bit hesitant to dive straight into Torment in case it was a slow build up like Fallen was.
Torment however kicked things off straight away and kept me glued to the pages so much that I read it in only a few days. Though we’d learnt much about Luce and Daniel and how they are connected in Fallen there are still so many unanswered questions for Luce and as Daniel leaves her at a new school to work on some mystery task she is left to work things out for herself. We see the world in a new light after the big reveals at the end of Fallen and Luce has to understand not just her place in it but the history of it all and how her life will be from now on and ultimately her relationship with Daniel. It’s never trouble free and the further Luce digs and discovers the more danger looms for her and her new and old friends.
New characters like Shelby and Miles really add a new dynamic to the story as it unfolds. Luce has an idea of what is going on but her new classmates really show her more about the world of Angels and Demons and also new things about herself even if they don’t always realise it. I really felt the constant internal battle Luce has with herself and with the little knowledge that she has about Daniel and her past. She doesn’t know who she can really trust and is even unsure if she can trust what she does learns after being lied to so much at Sword & Cross, the reform school she was sent to in Fallen, met Daniel and learnt the truth. She becomes her ‘real’ self as she is forced to exist without Daniel in constant close contact and discovers more about who she is and who she wants to be. This leads to some ultimate decisions in the end that leads us tumbling into the 3rd book Passion which comes out Summer 2011.
It was only today that the cover art for Passion has been released and I really must say that it is just as stunning as the previous books. More colour and maybe even a hint at the balance of good and evil that looms over the story with the orange hue in the clouds and deep blue of the sky.
Look out for Passion coming out in the UK June 2011