This series has been a wonderful ride. Each time one comes out I eagerly grab it up and read it. There is just the right amount of real life mixed with fantasy-horror. It follows our own history and timeline with good detail to geography and science while at the same time showing this amazing and terrifying mist that changes and evolves as well as changing the people who have survived its existence. In the midst of these two balancing forces, we have a variety of people who have feelings and behaviors and faults. And there is love and hate as well as ethics and morals. What is considered bad in this new landscape? What are you willing to do to survive? Can you have a normal life as long as the Mists still roam? It is interesting to watch these people struggle against adversity and come out on the other side changed. None of the characters are perfect and often can irritate the reader, but isn’t that how our social experiences go in real life? This was a good read and intense. I didn’t see too much of my favorite happy sociopath but I hope he’ll return in another book.
As usual things are not going the way Emma expected. Once again her path takes a detour and now she must choose between two people. One way looks like she might be able to find a cure to the Mists, if she simply trusts Susie, the broken and angry teenager. The other way is to follow her heart and Arthur whom she has already given up so much for and who she has chosen before. At first she feels that she has had no choice in the previous decisions but as she is faced with new situations, she realizes that she has always had choices she simply did not like them. In the past she acted as though she was a victim of fate but now she is starting to own up to her decisions and the consequences. Now she follows her instinct and she knows that when it comes to the Mist, Arthur is blind and a bit off and that she must do everything to get Susie across the sea and quick. She ends up back in Outpost city and in a very intense poker game that may mean life or death.
In a time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test… Deep in the badlands of Outpost City, in the Dark Horse saloon, a poker game is being played. The stakes are life and death—for the world. What can Emma afford to lose? Will she gamble on herself, or on Arthur? Will love find a way when the apocalypse closes in? A mystical odyssey, a haunting love…
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