Lauren Kate's "Fallen" series is one of the most popular reviewed series here on the blog. Thanks to Random House, I got hold of an early copy of the latest book in the series, "Passion", for review.
"Every single lifetime, I'll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever."
Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .
Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.
Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen ifshe rewrites history.
Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.
Time travel is the latest addition to the "Fallen" series, playing an integral role in "Passion" as Luce hops around time trying to find some of the answers behind her curse. I love time travel, so I enjoyed Lauren Kate's take on it.
With a unique set of rules preventing interaction with their past selves, both Daniel and Luce visit various different decades, and see their own past selves. The settings and cultures are only visited briefly, but Kate shines at them - showcasing culture and colourful characters, even if each location only features for a small amount of time.
She takes Luce from war-torn, snowy Moscow to 19th-century England; from Tahaiti islanders who mark themselves with elaborate tattoos to a Tibetan palace; even to a Mayan tribe with some terrifying rituals (my favourite scene).
It is important to realise that this book is both prequel and sequel - or else you might have the same niggling annoyances I did. The story arc didn't seem to develop as much as in earlier books - the plot begins with Luce travelling through time to find answers, and that remains her objective for most of the book without any real detours. I could have definitely used a few more twists, but the last act of the book brought in some strong reveals and foreshadowing for the final book, "Rapture".
As with "Torment", there's steady improvement in the writing - new characters, like the loud-mouthed gargoyle Bill, add some witty lines and a change of pace. The dialogue is sharper with some funny exchanges between Luce and Bill, and Luce takes a lot more control of her situation than we've seen her before. The world-building is also clarified - we find out more about the Announcers, shadows that are used to step through time and space, and there are some new rules about time travel and some exciting hints about Luce and Daniel's curse.
I did miss some of the other characters - especially Cam. Cam's awesome - but "Passion" does a solid job of filling in the back story and setting the scene for "Rapture", which looks like an action-packed end to the series.
"Passion" is out on the 23 June. You can read our reviews of Lauren Kate's other novels by clicking here, and we'll have some exclusive editing advice from the lady herself on Friday.
Disclaimer: A copy of "Passion" was provided for this review by Random House.