The Brightest Night by Jennifer L Armentrout

The Brightest Night (Origin, #3)

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

He is the darkest star.
She is the burning shadow.
And together, they will bring about the brightest night.

Less than a year ago, Evelyn Dasher was a normal girl, living a safe, rather unremarkable life--a life that was a total lie. Now she's learned the truth about who she was and what she is.

Hidden within Zone 3, she knows that if she loses control of her dangerous abilities again, she not only puts everyone in the secret community at risk, but also the beautiful, deadly inhuman Luc. He will do anything to keep her safe. Lie. Barter. Beg. Kill.

But there are truths that not even Luc can prepare for, and as Evie's abilities evolve, the consequences of everything he's done have devastating consequences. He's caught in the eye of the storm.

Evie is the storm.

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with this steamy, shocking third installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.

Reviewed by Leigha on

4 of 5 stars


Luc, Evie, and the rest of the gang hunker down in Zone 3 as the Daedalas get closer and closer to discovering their hideout in this action packed fantasy romance.

I thought this was the last book in the series. As I got closer and closer to the ending, I started freaking out. With so many plot holes open, how in the world was it going to end? Luckily it turns out this is the second to last book in the series. I’m…not sure how I feel about it? I’m wishing Luc and Evie’s story would be done. While it has been enjoyable, I’m ready for them (and the Lux extended universe) to receive their happily ever after.

Time is spent further developing the romance between Evie and Luc. Their romance tends to be unhealthy and unbalanced. Do we really need to kill some civilian who legit thought Evie was going nuclear? No, Luc, we did not. Since their romance has always been ride and die, I take the theatrics as a grain of salt. The dichotomy between present day Evie and her past as Nadia continues to intrigue as it builds to an explosive climax. It ends on a cliff hanger – be prepared to yearn for the last book in the series.

I’ve complained before about Armentrout integrating past characters from previous series into her spinoff series (Cassandra Claire is notorious about it too). I don’t mind cameos, but I’m not interested in them being integral to the story. Katy, Daemon, and the rest of the Lux gang make many appearances in this book. If you enjoy seeing a lot of your old favs, you’ll be one happy camper.

tl;dr The second to last installment in the series focuses heavily on the romance and integrating characters from the Lux series into the overall story.

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