Series: The Bargainer #3
Published by Lavabrook Publishing Group on 2018-10-28
Length: 369 pages
Reviewing Kindle from Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2019 Finishing the Series Challenge, Beat the Backlist 2019
There are worse things than death. Things that lurk in the shadows and slip into your dreams. Things that have no business existing. Things that once slept … but have now awoken.
For Callypso Lillis, the fae magic that now runs through her veins is equal parts curse and good fortune. For the very thing that bonds her to Desmond Flynn, the King of the Night, also makes her vulnerable to the Thief of Souls, a man who wants to break the world … and Callie along with it.
But it’s not just the Thief whose shadow looms over the Otherworld. Des’s father is back from the dead, and he wants revenge on the son who sent him to the grave in the first place.
Des and Callie must figure out how to stop both men, and time is running out. Because there are forces at play working to tear the lovers apart once and for all … and unfortunately for them, death is no longer the worst thing to fear.
I don’t know where to start!!! Dark Harmony by Laura Thalassa is the final installment of The Bargainer series which I absolutely love. Prior to starting the book, I decided I needed to reread the previous ones. It’s been a while, and well I can always use more Des and Callie SO I dove into Rhapsodic and fell in love all over again with the Bargainer and his siren.
Please note that if you have NOT read the prior books in this series that there may be minor spoilers to them in this review.
Dark Harmony picks up right where A Strange Hymn and The Emperor of Evening Stars left off. The sleeping soldiers have awoken and are attacking all the Fae kingdoms at once with the goal of taking over. By dropping the readers right into the heart of the action, Thalassa creates a foreboding sense that carries through the entire book. Literally I was on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, unable to turn the pages fast enough.
Callie is adjusting to her new fae-like body. Thanks to the Thief and lilac wine, she is now immortal-ish and the Night kingdom is looking to her as Queen. This is not a role she ever wanted, and she finds herself at a crossroads. Is this the life she wants? She can have it, it’s hers for the taking or she can step back, but they may mean losing Des.
Des is as secretive as ever, however I find him endearing in this installment, especially after reading his novella. My heart aches for the Night King and the life he’s lived. I love how he gives Callie all the power. She is his equal, his match, and he never lets her feel as anything less than that. In fact, he takes pride in letting her run the show.
The plot is the culmination of the series. The Thief and the undead Gallagher are working together. Des and Callie are no closer to determining who the Thief really is. And fate is catching up. I’ll be honest that I felt like this was a retelling of The Damned the final book in Thalassa’s Unearthly series. It’s even hinted that this has happened before, yet it is also completely different. Y’all I was shocked! I laughed, I cried (like ugly sobbing) and sighed with relief multiple times throughout the book. Think of it as cycle: just when you think things are looking up, another twist comes to knock you for a loop 😉
Overall, I loved Dark Harmony. I might have needed a hug from my husband when I finished it, but it was perfect! It was the perfect ending to Callie’s story. I ached for her, but was like the Bargainer proud of the siren as she became who she was made to be. I LOVED Thalassa’s creation and I’m SO excited that there will be more stories set in this supernatural world. If you are a fan of the series, this final book will not disappoint. Haven’t started Des and Callie’s story yet? What are you waiting for?!?! I highly recommend you grab a copy ASAP if you enjoy urban fantasy and paranormal romance.