“We may fight again, Sentinel. We may rail at each other until the sun breaches the sky. But the truth is this. I love you. And I found you once, that April night. I will always look for you, and I will always find you…”
Merit and Ethan, Methan, one of my favorite UF couples. They have had their lumps but Chloe Neill has created such a solid couple here and I thoroughly enjoy each of these books. I think, because of what we have been through in the past with them, it is safe to say they are good and there won’t be any major surprises. Hopefully.
Dark Debt was the book that essentially laid Ethan bare and opened him up for Merit. He is now a new Ethan. He is loving, more open with his affection and takes any advantage to show Merit how he feels. Make no mistake though, he is still an over-protective bastard and high-handed when it comes to Merit safety. He will do whatever is necessary to keep her out of trouble and that does get him in trouble in this book.
So speaking of this book, I had a minor panic attack when I went to Chloe Neill’s website and learned this is the SECOND TO LAST BOOK IN THE SERIES. What the what?? But, but, but….that cannot be true! Midnight Marked is the first book we really see the prophecy talked about openly. More people are learning about the prediction of Merit having an Ethan-like baby. She isn’t pregnant in this book- that we know- but there is a lot of information passed around on the subject.
One thing I don’t remember is with the prophecy came the warning they would have to face a big trial first, something that would test them. I am not sure if what happens in Midnight Marked qualifies as that test? There is something Ethan does that drives a wedge between him and Merit. It is a typical Ethan move but in non-typical fashion he realizes he messed up and he apologizes. Does that count as a trial? Please? I feel like it isn’t harsh enough but I don’t want harsh for these two any more!
So plot happens. The overall story arc moves forward and the reader gets a sense things are coming to a head. I mean, they have to be since the series is almost over. Sob. One of the major bad guys is gone in this book but with him gone an unexpected one steps in. I think this person might have been the driver of everything all along. I am anxious to see the culmination of 13 books and what can possibly happen.
The story in Midnight Marked one fantastic and moves at a frantic pace. All of the characters we have grown to love are needed to defeat this enemy. I assume Ms. Neill has been leading us to this point all along, but it is really cool to see the part some of the characters play and how things in the past 11 books have gotten us to this point.
Overall, this is a really good book. The end made me smile and giggle with insane happiness. Everything is pulling together nicely and now I will just keep my fingers crossed that nobody beloved dies in the final book. That would really stink. Final grade- B+
My previous review mentioned Jonah is a putz and while he is still a putz, he does something in Midnight Marked to make him a little less of a putz. He confesses his motives and gives a decent reason for why he acts how he does, but I can’t say I’m a fan. Still.
“He’s screwing up the ionosphere,” Mallory muttered. “What a douche.”
“For that and many other reasons,” Ethan said.