“That’s the hardest part,” he says. “The absence of certainty.”
Hallowed by Cynthia Hand can definitely be defined by an absence of certainty. The more Clara and her cohorts discover about angels, the more gaps they find in their knowledge. Of course, they know a lot more now than they did in the previous book, Unearthly (which I reviewed a few weeks ago). I’m happy to say that this was a worthy addition to the trilogy! If you enjoyed the first book, I guarantee you’ll love this one too!
One thing: it certainly left me eager to read the next book. I want to be clear though…there is no cliffhanger ending. However, you will be left unhappy, confused and dying for the next book anyway. Sneaky Cynthia Hand, very sneaky.
As much as I loved the characters and the plot of Unearthly – I have to say that I love Hallowed even more. I mean, seriously. There is a love triangle – and not only am I not going to complain about it – I’m going to admit that I actually enjoy it! Definitely a rarity, normally I despise them. Also rare is that I have no idea who Clara will ultimately end up with. At the end of the first book, I was a Tucker fan all the way. I didn’t like Christian that much, I actually thought he was shallow. Hallowed developed his character quite a bit though, and I pretty much did a 180. Now I like both guys and am dying to see how the final book will force Clara to choose.
(Okay, maybe not a 180. I’m definitely still a Tucker girl…)
The angel lore is also delved into a lot deeper this time around. We learn a lot – a lot – more about how the purpose works, how many angels there really are in Clara’s community, and about the bad guys. We also find out quite a bit about Clara’s parents – her mom and dad both. Her dad was basically a nonentity in Unearthly, but he is a definite presence in Hallowed. I love that. Clara having solid parentals is another tribute to how awesome this series is.
But, like I already mentioned, the more they find out, the more questions they have. I, for one, can’t wait to find out more of the answers.
If you haven’t picked this trilogy up – you definitely need to! Like I mentioned in my review of Unearthly, I am no fan of most angel books. In fact, most of the ones I’ve read are all on my list of the all time worst. This series is the exception, I promise. I was definitely impressed with Hallowed by Cynthia Hand.