The Brightest Night by Jennifer L Armentrout Book review
Updated: Jan 18
The Brightest Night
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published by Tor Teen
Book 3 in the Origin Series Series
Less than a year ago, Evelyn Dasher was a normal girl, living an unremarkable life.
Now, she's on the run, under the protection of the beautiful, deadly inhuman Luc. She's been betrayed by those who were closest to her. And she's learned truths about herself that she never saw coming--things she once knew, and was made to forget. Truths with devastating consequences. She's caught in the eye of the storm.
He is the darkest star.
You are the burning shadow.
And together, you will bring about the brightest night.
RATED: 14+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Some Violence #YoungAdult Thrilling
Some Steamy Scenes #ScienceFiction
The Brightest Night is the third book in Jennifer L Armentrouts Origin series, and centers around Evie Dasher, who is in hiding from the deadly government group, the Daedalus, along with Luc, her best friend, the man she loves, and one of the most powerful beings on earth by her side. Together, they learn more secrets about themselves, and the full extent of their powers.
Truth time ... I was nervous going into this book. Look at other JLA series'. The third, or second to last book always ends on a cliffhanger, the will truly fuck with you during the long wait for the next book.
Remember Opal? Deity? Stone Cold Touch? Rage and Ruin? A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire?
So I kept putting my book down.
Because that would stop it, right?
Kinda like Joey putting The Shining in the freezer in that episode of Friends.
But I did it. I finished it.
Why Jen? Why do you torture us so?
The Brightest Night for me was a building block to the finale. It was sometimes a little slow on the action, but there was a lot of character building, relationship bonds being strengthened, and abilities being tested, which is so important to the story ahead. It filled up the book. The Brightest Night maintained it's unique storyline, and was a bit unpredictable, as I truly didn't see that ending. Spoiler alert --------> I figured that Luc + Evie = Ultimate weapon .... together. Not Luc essentially siphoning off the Source from Evie, and himself becoming the ultimate weapon. What I did see? I knew that kid was leading her to a trap. <------------- I have predictions to how this series will play out, but I will get to that.
We learned some interesting things about Luc in this book. An ability that barely anyone knows about. A sad fact about his biology ------>he was made sterile by Daedalus<--------, and lets be honest, a confirmation on a truth we already knew: he feels bad about the things he has had to do. No shock there. I loved seeing his and Evie's relationship progress in this book. With Luc's help, Evie learning to control her insane powers, she finally begins to accept herself. She is Evie. She is Nadia. She is powerful. She loves Luc, and she knows he loves her ... for her, and not the past. Some things I loved with Luc and Evie: --------> their ability to talk to one another mind to mind. Them finally having sex, and Luc losing his virginity to the woman he has loved since "before he knew what love was." Their unwavering support of one another, and their choice to fight side by sider, and not one hiding behind the other. I love them! <----------. Along with Luc and Evie, we get Daemon and Katy, and their baby. Perfect name choice, but I totally saw it coming. Daemon and Katy haven't changed from the LUX series, still fighting for what's right and one another. I loved that we got more Kat in this book now that Luc and Evie are in Zone 3 with them, and one of my favorite moments is Katy speaking up for Evie and laying some truth down ... all while being a pretty kick ass mother. We also get a short little extra at the end of the book .... probably to give us a little cushion after that insane ending ... of Daemon holding his son and thinking about how amazing Kat is, and how he will burn down the world for them both. We get Grayson (who else thinks that -------> it's not really Luc he is in love with? I think he wants her to think that, and he is really in love with Evie. After watching her all that time, he may have fell for her from a distance. Whether I am right or wrong, Grayson obviously truly loves either Luc or Evie, because he wants them happy, even if it's not with him. <------------), with all his sarcasm and aloofness. We get a bit more knowledge on Ashley (Dawson and Beth's daughter) and her quirk --------> ( she knows things. What, we can only guess. The future? The truth? She knew Evie was Nadia, and my guess is that in the next book, Evie will be going by Nadia, now that she remembers everything. Perhaps a glimpse of the future? ) <----------. We get a bit of Dawson and Beth, Dee and Archer (hardly enough), and we even get Hunter and Serena! And this is a spoiler, another character we get that FLOORED me -----------> Fucking Blake. I can't believe he didn't actually die. The difference here, is I think he actually is telling the truth now. Now that he has his best friend with him, they ran while they could. Sadly for them, I don't think it's going to end well. <--------------
I don't usually do this. But I have predictions. I don't really want to cover them up, so if you are not cool with spoilers, don't read on. If you have already read The Brightest Night, read on, and let me know what you think in the comments!
Obviously, Evie is not going to give up on Luc. That's a given.
There isn't going to be much of a war. There will be fights between the Daedalus and Luxen/Hybrid/Origin/Friendlies army, but I think now that Luc is this insanely powerful weapon that obviously backfired on Daedalus, and he seems to have retained a tiny bit of himself (which is obviously his love for Evie/Nadia, because why else would he spare Evie, and tell her to stay away, if not for her safety?), I think he will be doing a lot of the work of FINALLY taking them down on his own. I suspect this will also be how Evie finds him ... following his trail of destruction as he hunts down his ultimate target of Dasher.
Grayson. I sadly don't think he will make it to the end of the series. I think he will ultimately go down saving the one he loves.
Blake will die saving Kat. I don't know if I think this will happen, or if it's a hope of mine. A tiny bit of redemption before death ... because there is no way he survives the series.
The ending I hope for: Luc and Nadia living on a hobby farm with llamas.
The Brightest Night was not what I was expecting, but it was wonderful all the same. A bit slow at times, but it's setting up for one hell of a finale. As long as it ends with Luc and Nadia together, Daemon, Kat, baby Adam and the rest of the family safe, and Daedalus buried and done, I will be happy.
Luc: "That was you in the woods. Just another part of you that I haven't quite made friends with yet, but I will."
Evie: "I don't know about that."
That power that was in me, the Source that had been twisted by all the serums and the alien DNA, wouldn't make friends with anything other than maybe a honey badger.
Luc: "Honey badgers are extremely intelligent creatures, did you know?"
Luc: "To be honest, I think the honey badger part of you thought I was the bee's knees."
A strangled laugh broke free.
Luc: "I've got a cure for that."
Warmth invaded my cheeks when my gaze connected with his heated one. I had a feeling I knew that kind of cure he was talking about. Him. Me. Kissing. Lot's of skin-on-skin activities.
Biting down on his lower lip, he nodded.
The heat increased, spreading down my throat.
Evie: "You're the worst."
Luc: "I'm the best."
Evie: "I'm going to punch you."
Luc: "I might like it."
Evie: 'There's something wrong with you."
Luc: "You have been waiting all morning for me to walk by."
Luc gave a slow grin.
Luc: "Haven't you?"
Daemon: "I've just missed you that much."
Luc: "Not surprised."
Luc: "Kat is a hybrid, and she has you."
Luc's hand slipped from mine as he stepped toward Daemon, placing a hand on Daemon's shoulder.
Luc: "She has her family. She has me. We won't let things go south. Kat will be fine, and so will your baby."
Daemon clasped Luc on the shoulder
Daemon: "You're her family, Luc. Don't separate yourself from that statement."
Luc: "Evie's hungry. Sounds like her stomach is eating itself. I have a feeling if it doesn't get something that is considered red meat in her, she may start eating small animals and children."
Luc: "There's no point in hiding from it. It's as inevitable as you getting on my nerves."
Daemon: "If I had feelings, you might've hurt them."
Luc: "If I cared, that would concern me, but since I don't, you fill in the blanks."
Luc: "You're looking at me, Peaches, but you don't see me. See me."
Evie: "He said he would kill you. That he could and he would -"
Luc: "That was before, in the past, and Peaches, he couldn't kill me then. And he sure as hell can't touch me now."
I shivered, a little scared by his words.
And I was also sort of ... turned on. That probably meant there was something wrong with me. Okay, not probably. Most definitely there was something twisted and disturbingly wrong with me.
Luc: "Humans are messy, Evie. Complicated and layered beings who sometimes find themselves in that uncomfortable, moral gray area. Just because you aren't exactly human doesn't mean you're not just as messy."
Evie: "And in case you don't know, you look like the Human Torch right now."
Luc: "But I am still Luc. I am still yours."
Evie: "Yes. You are."
Luc: "The way you say my name like that? It's going to kill me. You have no idea."
Evie: "You're in my head again."
Luc: "I am. And it's not the only thing I want to be inside of."
Surprised by the sudden move, I let out a stunned laugh
Evie: "That was impressive."
Luke: "I know."
The wet warmth of his mouth touched my shoulder
I bit back a moan
Evie: "And here I thought you couldn't get any more arrogant."
Luc: "Is it arrogance if it's the truth?"
Dee: "Look, Daemon needs knocking down a peg or fiver hundred every so often."
I blinked slowly.
Kat laughed softly.
Kat: "That is true. Usually, it's Luc who reserves that special place."
Evie: "They seem to threaten each other a lot."
Dee: "That's their version of male bonding. Throw Archer in the mix, and it's like who can out-threaten one another."
Kat: "Daemon and I didn't get along in the beginning. Actually, I sort of hated him at that point. Okay. I thought he was hot even then, but his hotness did not overrise his douche-ness."
Dee: "It's not something personal. I like you. Plus, according to Zoe, you have a girl crush on me. You have my vote."
I was going to punch Zoe.
Evie: "It's not like you took the peanut butter. If you had, then I wouldn't be remotely happy."
Evie: "I like peanut butter. A lot."
Nate: "You're weird."
Evie: "Yeah, I think I am."
Luc: "Why are you lying in the backyard, under a tree, cradling a jar pf peanut butter to your chest?"
My brows snapped together as I looked down, and hell if I wasn't cradling the jar.
Evie: "I fell asleep with it."
Luc: "I feel like I need to be a better boyfriend if you're turning to peanut butter for support."
Evie: "You could never compete with peanut butter."
Luc: "That sounds like a challenge."
Luc: "I'm not going to lose you. You're sure as hell not going to lose me."
Luc: "Like, ever, Peaches."
Evie: "I'm okay with that."
Luc: "You're stuck with me. You're paper and I'm glue. We go together -"
Evie: "Like cheese and bread?"
Luc: "That's my girl."
Luc: "I am yours."
Evie: "And I am yours."
Evie: "Do you think he will come back?"
Luc: "I think so."
Luc: "Because after meeting you, I don't see how anyone could stay away."
Luc: "Evie ... The things you fill my head with."
Evie: "Like what?"
He turned his head into my palm, placing a kiss against the center of my hand.
Luc: "You. Me."
Lowering his head, he coasted his lips over my cheek until he arrived at that sensitive spot below my ear.
Luc: "And things I only ever fantasized about."
Evie: "Does he have to be here?"
Luc slid a long look in the direction of said corner, to where Grayson lounged on some kind of large cable spool.
Luc: "Why are you here?"
Grayson: "I'm here for moral support."
I rolled my eyes
Evie: "More likely he's here to make sure I don't kill you."
Luc: "You're not going to kill me, Peaches."
Evie: "What if I kill Grayson? Accidentally?"
Grayson arched a brow as he reached into his pocket, pulling out a sour apple Blow Pop.
Luc: "That would make me sad. Gray is useful."
Evie: "About as useful as a wooden frying pan."
Grayson: "You don't know what it feels like?"
Evie: "You're about to feel my knee in your junk. Let me know how that feels."
Evie: "You're annoying.:
Luc: "And sexy."
Evie: "How does it feel to not be the best?"
Luc: "I'm a sore loser."
His hands landed on my hips, and before I knew it, I was up in the air and then I was lying on the couch. Luc was prowling over me.
Luc: "You're going to need to make me feel better."
Evie: "You're going to have to suck it up."
Dipping his head as his hands slid up my shirt, he whispered something in my ear that scorched my cheeks and a whole lot of other areas.
Evie: "I'm sweaty."
Luc: "So am I."
He kissed me, and an exquisite pulse shot through me.
Evie: "I'm dirty."
Luc: "I don't care."
Another scream tore through the night sky, followed by a litany of the most impressive combinations of the F-bomb I'd ever heard in my life. Most were directed at Daemon.
Actually, all the curses had been directed at Daemon.
There should be some sort of cosmic law that required men to feel everything women felt while giving birth.
Luc: "It's okay."
His thumb dragged over the line of my jaw, the caress a burnd on my skin.
Luc: "I'm here waiting for you, but Peaches, please don't take too much longer. I miss you."
Evie: I miss you too.
Luc: ""No matter how you come back to me, as Evie or as Nadia or someone else, I'll still love you like I do now, like I did yesterday and the day before, and that'll be enough."
Val: "I've never heard someone speak to Luc like that before."
Luc: "I've been telling her that for a while."
Luc let out a long-suffering sigh that had me rolling my eyes so far back in my head I was surprised they didn't fall out,
Luc: "No one speaks to me like she does."
Evie: "As if you don't like it."
Luc: "I do like your attitude. In fact, I love it."
Luc: "I've waited for you forever, and the only thing that scares me - the terrifies me - is that something is going to take you from me, and I won't be able to do a damn thing about it."
Evie: "I also heard you say that if I woke up and didn't remember who I was, that you had enough love in you for me that it would be enough. That you'd still love me."
Luc: "You have to have known that."
Evie: "I did. I do."
Luc: "But what you don't know is that wasn't the first time I said those words to you."
Evie: "It wasn't?"
Luc: "No. I told you that I love you, that I would always love you, no matter what, once before. I told you that the only time I ever said goodbye to you."
His face blurred
Evie: "And what did I say?"
Luc: "You said, 'I know.'"
Evie: "You have to tell me why and how Grayson has a black eye."
Luc: "Sort of a funny story. I punched him in the face."
Evie: "I don't know if I'd ever want to do the whole birthing thing. Babies sort of scare me."
Luc: "What about ten years from now? Twenty? When we're not dealing with the Daedalus any longer and it's just us raising a herd of llamas?"
Evie: "Raising a herd of llamas?"
Luc: "Always thought it would be cool to have a herd of llamas."
Evie: "I like llamas."
Luc: "I know."
Luc: "Let me wash your hair first."
Evie: "You don't have to. It was just a ploy."
Luc: "To get me naked?"
Grinning, I nodded.
Evie: "It worked."
Luc: "It did."
Evie: "You going to join me now?"
Luc: "Nothing in the world could stop me. Not even a marching band. They'd just get an eyeful of my goodies and have to deal with it."
Evie: "Goodies? They'd probably enjoy their eyeful."
Luc: "You did."
Smiling, I dropped my forehead to my knee
Evie: "I can't deny that."
Luc: "I wouldn't want you to."
Evie: "Thank you."
Luc: "I should be the one thanking you."
Evie: "I haven't done anything."
Luc: "That's where you're so wrong. You're giving me everything I've ever wanted or needed. You always have."
Luc: "I love you, Evie. You won't ever forget that. You won't ever forget this. Neither will I. It's impossible."
Luc: "You weren't a klutz. You were simply fearless. You would always jump before looking."
Evie: "Well, now it sounds like I was a badass."
Luc: "You're a badass now."
Evie: "Do not say I should take it easy. I feel fine. Great, even."
Luc: "Well, that has everything to do with me and that tub."
I shot him a bland look. Luc smiled back at me.
Luc: "If you can read my thoughts, it could come in handy for when - "
Evie: "We need to talk privately."
Luc: " - I want to talk dirty to you in public."
I closed my eyes and then reopened them.
Luck looked utterly innocent.
Daemon: "God, she's a freaking goddess. I don't know how she did this."
Awe filled his tone
Daemon: "I honest to God don't. So, I'm keeping the little guy company at night so she can get some rest until he gets hungry again, which is a lot. This is a walk in the park."
Daemon: "Looks like me, doesn't he?"
Evie: "Um ... He looks like you?"
Daemon: "Right answer."
Evie: "Well, I hope the night is a quiet one and all of you get some rest."
Daemon: "I hope so myself, but it it's not ..."
He looked down at the top of the baby's covered head. His features softened, impossibly so.
Daemon: "Wouldn't trade a damn second of this for anything."
Oh my goodness.
My heart imploded into goo.
He tugged the shirt on. Finally. He arched a brow.
Luc: "Didn't realize my man chest was so distracting."
Evie: "Man chest?"
Luc: "It's just skin and nipples, Peaches. Don't make it awkward."
I stared at him.
Evie: "Don't be cute."
Luc: I can't help it. I'm adorable.
Evie: You're annoying.
He feigned a scowl
Luc: I'm rubber and you're glue. What you say bounces off me and sticks to you.
Evie: "Oh my God."
Evie: "How old are you? Five?"
Luc: "I'm a big boy now."
Evie: "Seriously. Stop being cute. I'm irritated."
Luc: "I can't help who I am."
Luc: "If we don't leave now, we're not going to be leaving for quite some time."
Evie: "That doesn't sound like a bad thing. Does it?"
Luc: "No. It sounds like all the best dreams coming true."
Luc: "Prioritize, Peaches."
Evie: "You kissed me."
Luc: "Your lips were begging mine."
Daemon: "Look who's blessing us with their presence."
Luc: "I knew you were probably missing me."
The Luxen chuckled
Daemon: "Like a hole in the head."
Luc look liked he'd been handed a bomb.
Daemon: "Oh yeah, you look like a natural."
Eaton: "Congratulations. You stopped a stuffed banana from physically assaulting your face. After twenty-three attempts."
Luc: "Feels like you're tickling me."
Luc: "Yeah. Kind of tingly. I kind of like it."
He bit down on his lower lip as his eyes drifted shut.
Luc: "A lot."
Eaton: "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph."
Luc: "I'm your everything. You're my everything."
Luc: "This was wildly inappropriate of me."
Evie: "Yes, it was."
He shifted behind me, and I felt his lips touch the achy area between my shoulder blades once more.
Luc: "But I'm thinking you like it when I'm wildly inappropriate."
Evie: "Yes, I do."
Luc: "Which one of us is the bad influence? I'm going to say it's you."
Evie: "What? How do you figure?"
Luc: "I was a good, conscientious boy for years, Evie. Years."
I snorted Luc: "You doubt me."
Evie: "You were not entirely a good boy just because you hadn't had ..."
Luc: "Because I hadn't had .... what? You can say it. It's just three pearl-clutching letters pieced together."
I rolled my eyes.
Luc: "Are you blushing?"
Evie: "Are you?"
Luc: "Yes. Because I am still a pure -"
Luc: "Is that an invitation?"
Evie: "Oh my God. Yeah, you sound like such a good boy."
Luc: "Like I said, I was."
Quinn: "No one plays judge or jury here. No one has that kind of power."
Luc: 'Are you sure that no one is playing judge or jury? Sort of seemed like that's what's occurring right now. The only difference is that I don't hide it when I do."
Luc: "Do you ever stop and think how incredibly lucky you are to have such a brilliant wife, Daemon?"
Daemon: "Every. Single. Day."
Grayson: "Actually, nearly everyone in here, including her, thinks she needs the protection of the community. That's not true. Not remotely. What is true is that you need her. She is more powerful than everyone in this room combined. The Daedalus have more like her, and when they decide to breaks up this little militia you have going on here, even someone who isn't particularly intelligent would know what a good idea it would be to have her on their side."
The world just stopped spinning on its axis. Pigs were flying. Santa was real. Hell had even frozen over.
Grayson: "But I'm thinking most of you are all too human. You force her out, you lose Zoe. You lose me. And you also lose Luc. And you'd have to be a unique kind of stupid to not take what that means into consideration."
Luc smirked as he leveled a stare on every single one of the unofficial but totally official council members.
Luc: "He does have a way with words, doesn't he?"
Cekiah: "That he does. But we're not completely defenseless here. We've done just fine without any of you being here."
Daemon: "How will you do without us?"
Dawson: "Or us?"
Hunter: "Or without me and every Arum here?"
Daemon: "And I'm sure Archer and Dee would be right behind us."
Luc: "What were you saying again, Cekiah?"
Cekiah: "I don't appreciate the not-so-veiled threat from any of you. Some of you I'd expect better from. Not you, Luc. I'd expect nothing less."
Daemon: "Interrupt her and it won't be pretty. And it's not me I'm warning you about. Adam kept both of us up late last night. My girl is cranky."
Jamie snapped her mouth shut
Kat: "Not everyone in this room helped save the entire world when the Luxen invaded, but half of us did, and that's no exaggeration. We will not allow what we bled and sacrificed for to be turned into something far worse than what the invading Luxen could've ever hopes to achieve. The world beyond these walls belongs to all of us. We will make damn sure it does."
Kat: "We are tens of thousands strong. And when we fight, we won't be fighting for someone else's greed or their thirst for power. We won't be doing it for a paycheck or for accolades. We'll be fighting to survive."
Hunter: "I'll take those odds any day."
Kat: "So, we will not raise our child in the same damn type of society that we're going to overthrow, a community full of people who damn well should have known better, who have been given second and third and fifth chances and yet refuse to extend the same to another because they're different. If we turn Evie out? That sets the kind of precedent that has tipped the world outside these walls apart for centuries. It will be the same precedent that will carry over into the world we will try to build."
Beth: "We are better than that."
Luc: "I may be able to take a life when necessary, and I may not even regret doing so, but I don't forget a single life."
Evie: Do you think he looked for the house that was already decorated in black and white?
Luc: Probably. He needed a place as deep and dark as his troubled thoughts. Arum are goth like that.
Hunter: "Interesting. I can do something you can't."
Luc: "That must be an amazing feeling. I wouldn't know. You see, I've spent my entire life doing things you can't do."