Friday, April 6, 2012
The Onyx Talisman by Brenda Pandos
Alora looked back and the corner of her lip turned up. “It’s always darkest before the dawn, Julia. Good luck.”
Her words sent chills up my spine as she vanished.
Unrest stirs deep in Scotts Valley. Filled with uncertainty, Julia anxiously awaits Nicholas’ return. Phil, hurt and unsure of his place as a sober vampire, holds the pieces of Julia’s fragile psyche together, secretly hoping Nicholas stays away forever. Scarlett bides her time, plotting for the perfect moment to prove herself and earn redemption. But somewhere in L.A., Alora conspires to reclaim her talisman and strip Julia of everything she holds dear.
Little do they know, a war is coming and more than one vampire would like to see the Prince of Vampires overthrown. As more and more vampires show up from nowhere, addicted to her scent, Julia must pick her allies carefully before it’s too late. Can Julia bargain with fate? When the time comes, will she even have a choice? Find out how it all ends in this explosive grand finale of The Talisman Trilogy.
Wow. All I can say is wow, what an amazing end to an amazing trilogy. The action starts at the beginning and keeps rolling through to the end, as it did in the rest of the books in the Talisman series. If I could change one thing, it would be that I would have begun this series much earlier than I did.
The characters continued on their monumental growth that had been building throughout the series. By the end, Julia was a stronger young woman than ever before, having seen both the good and the bad to vampire-ism, and having a new goal to stride towards; riding the world of vampires. Phil grew on me even more in this book, he truly cared for everyone and was able to make peace between fighting characters and within himself. Nicholas was as amazing as ever, he is, and always was, the standout in the competition for Julia's heart in my opinion. The writing surpassed the bar set by The Sapphire Talisman, and then took it even higher. There were moments of heart pounding action, as well as many of heart aching emotion, giving the reader a lot to root and feel for in the book. The story seemed to whiz by, I was surprised to find myself at the end when I finished, it had seemed like a very quick book, but a lot of crucial events were done in incredible detail that I felt as if I had been in the room with the characters.
The ending was a great and unexpected way to finish the book off, it surprised and pleased me greatly, fulfilling one "Team"s hopes for the characters and their relationships. If you haven't read the Talisman Trilogy, I highly recommend doing so now, especially if you are in the market for a different take on vampire fiction. I give The Onyx Talisman a 5/5 with a very bittersweet farewell to this enjoyable series.