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The Night Season by Chelsea Cain
There are very few authors in which I impatiently wait for their upcoming novels; Diana Gabaldon takes 3 to 5 years for a novel to be published and I am okay with that because they take me about 3 to 5 months to read; Ian Rankin is off and on, but I can wait for the next of his novels; Scott Lynch has been writing his third novel for over 2 years now, and I have reached a point where I do not think it will ever come out (although I’m sure it’s amazing); J.R. Ward is a yearly purchase as is Sandra Brown, and they usually release a novel at the same time every year. All of these authors write amazing, entertaining, engrossing stories.
The one author that I cannot wait for has already been discussed in this Notable Authors post: Chelsea Cain. Upon finishing one of her novels, I am immediately on the Internet searching for some piece of news that states when her next novel is going to come out. This was the case when I completed her third installment of the Heart series, Evil at Heart. I had to know when the fourth novel was coming out!
That fourth installment is The Night Season and it is somewhat a step away from the previous three novels. The most important and telling difference is that Gretchen Lowell is absent (except for one scene).
The storyline, without spoiling anything is pretty simple: Portland is flooding and bodies are beginning to pile up. To go further into the plot will spoil a lot of weird and wacky stuff that readers continually flock to Chelsea Cain for. You will just have to trust me when I say that it is pretty weird, but that’s why we read a story like this isn’t it?
Now to the important part: Archie. Oh, Archie. This is a character that will stand the test of time. In numerous reviews and Notable Authors posts, I have made comments on the realistic nature of certain characters; some feel like close friends because I have been reading them for so long, but Archie is different. It is hard to explain, but I want to meet a person like this; an individual that has literally gone to hell and back (and that’s an understatement) and has survived. He has a strength within him that is inspiring, yet he has so many weaknesses that I cannot help but have my heart bleed for him. Cain has created a gem in Archie and this is why I cannot wait for the next novel starring him; I want to know what is going to happen to him but more importantly, I care on a level that is equivalent to the care that I have for a friend, or family member. He has grown to become an integral part of my life and I’m sure that many die-hard of fans of any series can speak to this feeling.
The Night Season has a few disappointments: the killer’s motivation seemed too quickly conceptualized and the method of killing was a little hard to handle at first, but once again, we read Cain for the unreal and gruesome and that’s what we get here; it just feels a little unreal at first: unreal but not improbable. I was, at first, having a problem with Gretchen’s absence from the story but that might be Archie’s dependency on her transferred to the reader, which becomes a truly scary yet noteworthy advantage for Chelsea Cain. Her character’s wants, needs and dependencies (in particular, Archie’s) become the readers’. So while we may say that we didn’t enjoy The Night Season as much because a very strong character was absent, it may be more because we missed her just like Archie misses her. For that, Chelsea Cain receives a very well deserved standing ovation.
I dare you to read and not enjoy Chelsea Cain’s Heart series. You won’t be disappointed, darling.