The Flame Never Dies Review (Spoiler Free)

Summary: One spark will rise.

Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go. 

In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

Nina isn’t about to let that happen…even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice. 


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★★★☆☆ 3.5/5

 

The Flame Never Dies picks up five months after the events of The Stars Never Rise, with Nina, her sister, Anabelle, Finn and the rest of the exorcists known as Anathema out in the badlands trying to figure out what’s next for them all and preparing for the arrival of Mellie’s baby.

Again, Nina is ready to do whatever she needs to when it comes to protecting her sister and her unborn baby, working with the others to help scavenge what they need and burn whatever demons come their way, as well as trying to find a soul for Mellie’s child so it can live.

With her time running out to find a soul and a major threat from the nearby demon run town of Pandemonia, Nina needs all the help she can get.

With more plot twists I didn’t see coming and some I thought I did, The Flame Never Dies is an exciting conclusion that had its good and bad parts.

The good: the story was interesting, it carried on nicely with enough plot twists.

The bad: it all felt rushed. I felt it could’ve easily been a trilogy instead of a duology, spreading out the story and giving us more answers, more to the world, the Church, the demons, even the characters.

Speaking of characters, towards the end most were forgotten about, apparently unneeded, returning once everything had been dealt with like they weren’t part of a team of skilled exorcists.

All in all, I felt it was a series that started with enough interest to keep me reading, but ended with a let down.

 

Did I like it? Yes, in parts.

Did I love it? No.

Would I recommend it? If you’ve read the first one and want to know how it ends, yes, but for a series as a whole, unfortunately not.

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