Author: Courtney Cole
Series: Nocte Trilogy #3
Release Date: October 28, 2015
My name is Calla Price and I’m broken.
My pieces are all around me, floating on the wind, even as I desperately try to grasp them.
Who is dead? Alive? Insane?
What is the truth?
I don’t know.
I do know this: The darkness is strangling me. With every breath, I choke on another lie.
My mind has protected me, but that shield will soon be lowered.
All will be revealed.
Every answer to every question.
It’s all been leading to this.
Don’t be afraid.
It feels like I waited forever to find out how Calla, Finn, and Dare’s story would end. I waited and agonized and speculated, desperately trying to wrap my head around a story so haunting and convoluted that I found myself totally consumed by it. Now that the journey is over, I can only rave about how powerful and utterly enchanting Courtney Cole’s words were. It is a rare gift that allows you to lose yourself so completely in a story, it is even more rare to experience a story that demands you give into the madness and embrace it. The Nocte Trilogy has done just that and Lux was certainly no exception. As I traveled the dark and twisted road of Calla’s mind, I was moved by the beautifully inimitable albeit completely unconventional and definitely crazy storyline. I am in awe of Lux and the rest of the Nocte Trilogy. Courtney Cole has written something fierce and unforgettable that will stay with me for a long time to come.
“I need to be in darkness. I need to be with Finn. I can’t exist in a world without him. He’s my light. He’s my light.”
It’s difficult to really dissect the characters in this book. Partly because you never really knew what was real and what wasn’t, but also because their personalities, afflictions, thoughts, and experiences were fluid, constantly being exchanged between them, belonging at once to all of the characters and none of them. Calla really saw some significant character growth in Lux. There was something different about the way she handled being lost inside her head that really stood out to me. While her vulnerability and uncertainty remained, giving this character an authenticity that made her someone the reader could connect with, her fear and desperation seemed to be replaced with a surprising strength. Calla’s determination to get to the truth and her unwillingness to accept her fate and lose the people she loved gave her a ferocity that definitely stole the show in this novel. I loved seeing how far Courtney Cole had taken this character, carefully creating and then nurturing this character into an undeniable force of nature.
“I’ve been floating in a sea of insanity, and I can’t wake up. I can’t wake up. Dare is my lifeline.”
Courtney Cole has blow me away with the “truth” that we uncovered in Lux. I would never have guessed the things that were revealed in the final installment of this series, nor would I have predicted how easily it all made sense to me once the pieces fell into place and I opened my mind to the fantastical elements of this story. Emotional in a way that was very much unexpected, Lux had my heart aching as I heard the stories and myths that explained what was happening to Calla. Her unconditional love for Dare and unshakeable protectiveness of her brother, Finn was simply breathtaking, resulting in a journey that was emotionally devastating, haunting, and simply stunning. Courtney Cole expertly crafted this story into a tangled web of complicated characters and confusing secrets that I thoroughly enjoyed unraveling. Lux was the perfect ending to this twisted and complex series. It was satisfying and yet still slightly uncertain, allowing the reader to come to their own conclusions and accept the ending of their choosing, much like Calla did when she determined to forge her own fate.
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Don’t miss the other books in the series:
Nocte (Nocte Trilogy #1)
Verum (Nocte Trilogy #2)
Initium (Nocte Trilogy #2.5)
Dare Me (Nocte Trilogy #3.5)
Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist who would rather write than eat chocolate. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, but no amount of working in the corporate world could quell her urge to write.
Courtney was born and raised in Kansas, home of incredibly friendly people and the most horrendous weather on the planet. Because summer days were so hot, she grew up reading stacks of books… and when she didn’t like the ending, she wrote her own.
Courtney has relocated to Florida where she writes beneath palm trees.