This rousing paranormal story combines a life and death struggle between good and evil with wonderfully creative elements that give a nice twist to the story. The poignant tragedies that accompany the fight against the inimical forces continue but it was wonderful to watch Mary recover some of her equilibrium and grow into her powers and touching to see how her bond with Michael continued to deepen as their shared memories continue to surface. It was interesting to see the typical adjustment in male versus female reactions to events which were somewhat complicated by their powers and their alien background. I was particularly intrigued by the contributions of Lake Michigan even as I cringed at some of the continued developments surrounding the charismatic Nicholas’ family. I was a little startled to realize that this was the conclusion to the series but enjoyed some of the revelations and I hope that there will be a way to visit this world again sometime.
“Falling Light” by Thea Harrison is part of the ‘Game of Shadows’ series and is the exciting sequel to “Rising Darkness”. Michael has finally reunited with Mary after waiting centuries for her to be reborn in a form who can remember their bond and access her powers. Their struggle against the Deceiver continues as they try to join forces with the remaining being who accompanied them and guides their fight, the elderly Astra who has been known by so many names since she came from another world to defend humanity. Mary is appalled by the violence surrounding them and sorely conflicted by the need to act contrary to her instincts as a healer. The three of them have fought for so long against their ruthless enemy and are reaching the end of their strength but they have made their own allies to help them combat the many minions of evil who attack them and those they care for. The question is whether it will be enough.
Having finally reunited, and fought off the Deceiver for now, Mary and Michael race up the Michigan peninsula to meet Astra before police forces catch up with them. But the closer they get, the less Mary is willing to trust a woman who by her own admission will do anything to finish the Deceiver—even if it means killing Michael and Mary to try again in another life. As they face their final battle, Michael's loyalties are tested, making him vulnerable just when Mary needs him most.