Book Review: Far Shore by Traci L. Slatton

Far Shore by Traci L. Slatton

  • Method of Obtaining: My copy was provided by the publisher.
  • Published by:  Parvati Press
  • Release Date:  10.10.2013

An old enemy wreaks new havoc at the end of the world…

After the mists’ lethal apocalypse, mankind’s only hope for survival lies broken and battered, the prisoner of a ruthless sociopath who will stop at nothing to hurt him. Emma sets out to rescue him. She faces an ultimatum and must relinquish everything she holds dear. As Arthur teeters on the brink of life and death, Emma’s healing ability fails. Her own despair tests her, and she must grow stronger than she ever dreamt possible as she confronts the truth of her own heart.

In a time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test…

A mystical odyssey, a haunting love..

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My Review:

I’ve been following Slatton’s After Series now since the first book was released and, frankly, surprised the heck out of me. The first book in the trilogy, Fallen, had me frantically turning pages and thoroughly enjoying a setting that was not only post-apocalyptic, but also more adult in nature.  When Fallen was provided to me, I had spent so much time reading Young Adult fiction that I had been craving something more mature and Slatton provided that in spades.  Far Shore, the third installment of the trilogy, was no different. Slatton thrusts her readers back into the bleak world and brings all of the major players together in a way that had me wondering just how it would play out.

That being said, there were some things about Far Shore that just didn’t work well for me.  In some ways, I could sense there was a bit of a struggle trying to reconcile relationships that were at odds through the first two books in the series.  The interaction between Emma and Arthur (and, frankly Emma and two other males in her small circle) seemed strained and awkward at times.  Add into the mix the ultimate breaking point for Arthur and the result was a story that was a bit more fragmented and unsettled than I had been used to from Slatton.

That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the story.  If nothing else, Slatton writes in such an addictive way that I could swear there was some sort of addictive substance between the pages.  I know when I pick up one of her books I am not going to want to put it down until I finish it, and Far Shore was no different.  However, maybe things would have been different if she hadn’t been roped into something that was labeled, from the start, a “trilogy.”  I could see how there was more much to be explored, but time and space just wouldn’t allow for it.

Still, this is a worthy trilogy and an exceptionally good entry way point into more hardcore science fiction, for those who are looking to expand their horizons a bit.  There’s a little bit of everything in it – romance, horror, mystery, science-fiction goodness … it’s all there and interesting enough to keep the reader totally immersed.

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