Death Before Daylight (The Timely Death Trilogy Book Three) by Shannon A. Thompson
Book Description: Two eternities. One ending.
“Harmony would only come with destruction.”
The moment Eric and Jessica are reunited, they are torn apart. After the appearance of a new breed of shades and lights, the powers shift for the worse, and all three descendants find themselves face-to-face in the Light realm. When Darthon is in control, the last thing everyone expects is to finally hear the truth.
While Jessica learns the reason of her creation, Darthon’s identity is exposed to Eric—and only Eric—and Eric can no longer defend himself. With the eternities of the Light and the Dark resting on Jessica’s shoulders, she must choose who she will be—a light or a shade.
In the end, someone must die, and the end is near.
*This book was sent to us in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
My Review: I love this series. I thought I should be upfront about that. The thing that I liked most about this book was the way it went off the rails. There is a point towards the beginning that this feeling of impending dread starts to curl around the characters and you know that everything is not going to be okay. And it isn’t.
My favorite book by this author is still Take Me Tomorrow but Death Before Daylight is now a very close second. Shannon A. Thompson has a way of changing up the young adult formula that keeps one on their toes.
I believe this is the end of this series but it could go on. The last few chapters of the book are like that open ending of your favorite television series that has come to an end. You can see all of the possibilities and your hopeful that they will carry on. So I’m going to say that this was a fantastic third book and if it is the end, forever, I’ll be content. It ties up loose ends and yet leaves you wanting more. Perhaps Shannon A. Thompson will gift us with a short story of Eric and Jonathon’s road trip or maybe the wedding? Here’s me with my fingers crossed.
I really liked how Jessica evolved through this series. Talk about your character arcs. She begins her journey clueless. She doesn’t know anything; she doesn’t even know enough to be fearful. By the end of Death Before Daylight she knows things that even the elders don’t know. She becomes an adult who puts the needs of others above her and Eric’s. It’s a simple thing that has a powerful impact. It’s impressive. It also gives the reader a sense of having history with the character. We feel like we’ve been with the character longer than we have.
Eric evolves too. He learns to share his burden. Even from book one we understand that Eric has always been groomed for his position as savior protector of the shades. What’s at stake hangs like a weight around his neck. It was nice to see Jessica help with that. And as long as we’re talking about characters there is the return of two character that are both close to Eric and they help Jessica out in an interesting way.
For me at least this series has been about balance. The Light needs the Dark as much as the Dark needs the Light. It’s true in the books and in life. This series demonstrates that people need balance. They also need hope and the end of this book definitely gives the characters hope for the future. One with out war. We get to see a glimpse of what it takes to pick up the pieces from war. The survivors move forward because that’s the only thing that can be done. It’s a satisfying end to a beautiful trilogy.
This series contains complicated themes befitting war. There are no sexual situations or language.
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Don’t miss our other reviews of the Timely Death Trilogy and our interview with Shannon A. Thompson.