Torment is the much-anticipated second book to Fallen, the novel sensation by author Lauren Kate and the first book in the Fallen series. A story of the world on the brink of war, the book straddles the world of Angels and mortals and many other creatures in between such as demons, outcasts and Nephilim. Nephilim are the offspring of Angels and mortals, they are also with whom the Angel Daniel has chosen to hide his mortal love Luce. Tucked away at a school on the California coastline, Luce awaits Daniel while searching for her own meaning in her past and the lives she once lived. As her education continues into things beyond her mortal world. Luce finds that perhaps she is not so normal at all.
Unlike Fallen, Torment allows readers much more insight into the humanness of the original equation set forth by Daniel and Luce’s relationship. Doomed to fall for Daniel again and again through each life, Luce never lives past the age of seventeen when her and Daniel kiss, thereby ending her mortal life until her next reincarnation where she will remember nothing. But Luce now beings to wonder about her human self each time and the families and lives she was forced to leave behind. While she did not know what falling for Daniel would mean each time, he did. He knew that by being with her he was in fact ending her life. And yet he chose to do so.
While her feelings for Daniel still feel like the world may depend upon them Luce finds herself wondering if Daniel really cares for her the way she once thought, as she truly is, just another mortal girl? If so why sacrifice her life each time? Doubts boil to the surface and the idea of a normal relationship begins to look attractive as Luce learns more and more about her past lives through what she once called “shadows” but now knows as Announcers. As a truce comes to an end, and a war of epic proportions approaches everyone must choose a side. What side will Luce choose and will it be with Daniel?
The second book in the Fallen series is even stronger than the first. It delves into the feelings of Luce and the questions that arise when the first book is really considered. It’s a book of much more maturity and less action but one that leaves readers satisfied in a different way and eagerly awaiting the next.
~Torment by Lauren Kate will be released tomorrow September 28, 2010.~
* While I must admit I love the covers chosen for this series and the consistency, it did bother me slightly that the cover of the second book does not accurately portray certain physical aspects of Luce for most of the book. However as a cover in general it is gorgeous.