Althea assumes now that she, Pax, and Lucas are reunited in spring that the next steps are obvious – locate Deshi and prepare to take down the Others once and for all. But she doesn’t expect the subtle changes in Lucas.
After being left alone last season with only his Element father for company, Lucas has started to question whether their rightful place isn’t with the strange alien race as opposed to humanity. When an emergency forces Lucas to aid the Others so they can remain on Earth, Althea worries that she’s lost him once and for all.
The one thing she knows is that Deshi’s the key to any hope of reclaiming the planet. So as the Others gut their already wobbly support system, Althea and Pax gather together the beginnings of a plan – and maybe an army.
Even if she can convince Lucas their side is the right one, the Prime Other holds Deshi captive and shrouds any knowledge about their fourth in clouds of secrecy. What they discover deep underground is a roadblock they didn’t expect – and one that could steal their last hope of saving humanity.
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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I’m so impressed at how this series is able to keep momentum going with each book without starting to feel lackluster or like it’s simply dragging out the storyline. Nope. That doesn’t happen in this series, especially in the third book, Betrayals In Spring. If you haven’t read my reviews on the first two books in the series, Whispers In Autumn and Winter Omens, might I suggest you do so before continuing with this review?
I know I probably shouldn’t start with the ending first, but that’s what pulled the entire book together for me. Of course, it’s hard to talk about the ending without giving anything away, so I shall refrain, despite how much I just want to gush over what happened. Alas, I will let others discover what I have for themselves. You will, won’t you? I can say though how well Trisha Leigh was able to pull the whole book together at the end, what with all of the preparation and new understandings that Althea, Lucas, and Pax came across. There was definitely a betrayal in there, but not one I was expecting (is it sad that I was expecting a betrayal far worse than the one that happened and was almost relieved that I was wrong?)
A lot happens in this book, including a lot of sitting and waiting. Almost every other chapter is Althea and Lucas waiting for Pax or Althea and Pax waiting for Lucus or Lucas and Pax waiting for Althea…remarkably, it’s not boring sitting and waiting. Even during those moments where some of the characters are anxiously awaiting something to happen, a lot of action takes place. There is a lot of traveling into sinums in order to understand and figure out some missing pieces, but it always leaves the reader on the edge of their seat. There was also a great deal of traveling from place to place; Mount Rushmore even played an important role in the whole traveling bit.
Even though there were not very many new characters that were introduced in this book (and the ones that were only played a very small role, at least in this book) some of the characters that we have come to know, we actually see more of. Like Greer, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters, if not my favorite. The reader learns more about who goes on with the other characters, outside of the Dissidents that the book so closely follows. Even though the Dissidents manage to escape from torture, at least in this book, the other beings are not quite so lucky, especially the Sidhe, Greer and Griffin. Heck, even an Other gets quite the beat down too. This book does a wonderful job at allowing the reader to become even more invested in these supporting characters; personally, I find myself more concerned for them, at least for the moment. And I mean, there is Wolf, who probably is my favorite character, even though he is a dog. Nothing bad better happen to him or I will not be one happy reader! Things take a turn for the worse for human Leah, but this gives us the opportunity to learn more about Brittany, the other human that had her veil removed. She’s like Leah, but a bit more stern; I think she’s going to be one tough cookie though.
This book focused less on action-packed moments, except at the end, and more on problem solving and understand the unknown. Multiple times Althea, Lucas, and Pax found themselves questioning various ideas and aspects…one of them even questioned whether or not they should just join the Others and leave the humans to die off. A terrifying thought, but when so much is thrown at a person, I guess it would be odd not to question every aspect.
While this is the third book in a series of four, Leigh doesn’t shy away from still offering heavy descriptions for places that have already been visited in the previous books. I wouldn’t suggest reading these books out of order though, as they follow one after another, quite literally. This book picked up only a short time after the second one ended.
Quite a bit is discovered in this book, and I can’t really say too much about it without giving it away. I will say though that the Dissidents find out the Others need them and claim that they are part of the Other “family.” With words and thoughts like that being thrown around, it’s not wonder these poor teenagers are going through such a rough time. The weight of humankind rests with them…or they could just join the Others and be fine.