Having been to hell and back (literally), Pandora finds herself mourning the loss of her friend and in a state of confusion over her relationship with Luc, made even more worrying because her inner demon, Lust, seems to have retreated into herself for the first time in thousands of years. Cue running into Billy once more, except that he's not really Billy, and he no longer seems to be a Death Priest, and Pandora's love life just took centre stage. Or it would, if there wasn't a hive of zombies that she has to track down on the rampage in Mexico.
I really enjoyed Crimson Night when I read that, but All Hallow's Night was even better! There is a mix between some plotlines that are actually kind of serious and Pandora's internal monologue. Normally I'm not such a great fan of the talking to the audience thing, but in this book I just kept finding myself laughing at Pandora's asides! That gave some comic relief to what is quite an action packed and serious scenes.
There is a lot of chemistry between Pandora and Asher (or Billy, but like Pandora suspected, Billy was really called Asher) and the author managed that without much more than a kiss between the two of them (even more impressive when you consider that as a Lust demon, Pandora has to have sex to survive properly), but there was also a deep emotional connection that I thought was possible to feel from the page.
The lore and legends that surround the characters in All Hallow's Night were all so detailed and imaginative that it was possible to actually forget that they aren't real, and it's not just so for the main species involved in the plot (demons), but the more minor species too, in this book zombies. Though Asher and the rest of the Death Priests are still a bit of a mystery, but that worked!
You can't really read All Hallow's Night without reading Crimson Night though, you'd miss out on too many of the defining points in Pandora's history, and in her relationships with Luc and Asher. I'd even go as far as to say you can't read it without book 3 either, but that's not out yet!
All Hallows Night by Marie Hall Series: Night Series, #2 Publication Date: March 8, 2014 Genre: Urban Fantasy
Secrets and truths, lies and red herrings… which is which? That’s what Pandora’s trying to figure out. Ever since the death of her best, and probably only friend by her own hands, she’s not sure who to trust anymore. The Priest is dead. The Gray Man is… she’s not even sure what. Luc, well, Luc is Luc.
The Order has sent her deep into the heart of Mexico to investigate a potential zombie uprising. She arrives at the start of the Dia de los Muertos festival—a celebration for the dead and immediately things don’t feel right to her. For one, bodies (the living kind) keep disappearing. They’re not being kidnapped, no, if only things were that simple. Literally there one second, gone the next, she’s not sure what to make of it. On top of that mum’s are floating all over the place. Is that merely symbolism associated with the festival, or is it a clue of something far more sinister?
In this explosive sequel to the USA Today Bestselling, Crimson Night, an old ally returns and a shocking truth is revealed. One that will turn her investigation into The Order’s duplicity on its head and make Pandora question everything she ever thought she knew…
So I had to do this sleuthing thing the good old-fashioned way. Being as old as I am, you get a feeling for people. The outer shell might be different, but the inside was always the same. If I wanted to find what I was looking for, I had to go someplace designed to loosen tongues and get men talking. Get a man drunk enough and he’ll tell you anything you want to know.Opening the door to the first dive I found in town, I entered and stood just inside as my eyes slowly adjusted to the dim lighting.