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Book Review: Dark Harmony by Laura Thalassa

I haven’t read a series this quickly in quite a while. It’s nice to be sucked in for once and the Bargainer series are all such easy reads. This is such a good series that I would highly recommend to anyone, especially if you’re missing A Curt of Thorns and Roses.

—This review will contain spoilers for Rhapsodic and A Strange Hymn—

Okay so we start the book pretty much where we left off. Des has given Callie the Lilac Wine, so she is now as immortal as him. This also means that the Thief of Souls’ magic can work on her. The Thief makes his next move, his sleeping soldiers come awake and leave destruction at their heels. Somehow Des and Callie must find a way to fight against him or risk losing the long life they have together ahead…

Dark Harmony is the longest of these books and it’s definitely got more plot in than the second book. We see Callie coming into her own as Queen of Night, showing just how powerful a siren can be. Through it all Des is by her side, loving how her powers have grown. I really, really love their relationship. It’s built on so much understanding and love for all the ugly parts of each other.

There are just so many parallels between Des and Callie, and Rhys and Feyre’s relationships. From the dates each of the series was published it really doesn’t look like either was influenced by the other. I would definitely say that if you love A Court of Thorns and Roses that you’ll love the Bargainer series. There is a heavier emphasis on the romance and more explicit sex scenes in the latter but if, like me, those are some of the things you adore about A Court of Thorns and Roses, then this is perfect for you!

I pretty much read this book in a day. It was filled with so many cute, romantic moments, but with this threat looming over everything that I just couldn’t put it down until I had finished it. Just go and read it!

I’m going to have to do spoilers for the rest of this review so don’t read ahead unless you want spoilers for Dark Harmony!

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Guys! The Romance. ❤ ❤ ❤ I just loved it soooooo much.

I am like the least romantic person in real life, just ask my partner. I’m even starting to cringe at romance in films now but in books I just can’t get enough of it.

I love how Des gave Callie a small version of normal in this book. Just those chapters they spent on Earth were perfect and it was the picture of what their life would be like.

The proposal! Ughh so fucking cute. And Des’ reaction when Callie got his wedding band in Venice. I just love these guys soooo much. How will I manage without the Bargainer in my life?!

I have to admit, I have a very bad habit of reading the ends of books before I finish them so I had already read the epilogue when Des ‘died’ so I knew Callie would bring him back somehow (The similarities between The Bargainer and ACOTAR are just piling up.) It was just such a harsh thing to happen to Callie though, especially after he’d just given her their new rooms. I think I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the impact of that. Like the chapter after is very well done and I feel like Callie then doesn’t believe that Des is dead almost. I think I just would have liked more of the impact of that, perhaps to be seen n the epilogue? Like how in ACOFAS Feyre has nightmares about Rhys’ death?

I’m still a bit unclear how they overcame the Thief of Souls. Like why he would put her somewhere she can use magic on him. But I have another habit of skimming books sometimes, especially in climactic parts when I want to know what happens. Sometimes this works okay and other times not (I honestly can’t tell you what happens at the end of Wicked Saints because I skimmed, and it was confusing af).

In any case, I like a happy ending. I also loved the epilogue. One thing I’ve noticed about some of these fantasy romances is that they always end with the couple together and either expecting a child, or just having one (I’ve not read a lot yet but every one I’ve read so far has ended like this). I mean I get it, and when I was younger, I loved that happy ending idea. But I work in perinatal and I think that, no matter how much you love your children, babies are a hell of a lot of work. I kind of refer what happened at the end of Dark Harmony. Des and Callie have 7 years to spend enjoying each other before this ending and a new chapter of their lives begin. I love that. For me it was a much more satisfying ending!

Anyway, this was a 5* read, I’d say the whole series is a 5* read. It’s just so fucking good guys!!

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