The Burning Shadow by Jennifer Armentrout Book Review

Updated: Jan 18, 2021

The Burning Shadow

By Jennifer L Armentrout

Published by Tor Teen

Book #2 in The Origin Series

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux―only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is―and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.


Foul Language Young Adult Action

Some Steaminess Romance Feel Good


Spoilers ahead. Read the book before you read my rambles.

The Burning Shadow is the second book in The Origin series, and we finally get some answers about Evie/Nadia, and what Micah was going on about with the coming war. I wonder how Micah became aware of the Daedalus being operational still, and this new ... species they created? A different, stronger hybrid? It's odd, as we didn't even get a full explanation of what happened to Evie/Nadia until the last chapter of the book, but I'm guessing we will find out more in October when the third book comes out. The fact that Micah, a pretty strong Origin, would rather have Luc kill him instead of being hunted down by these things is pretty telling, even before we see a bit of Evie's power.

I predicted in my review from the last book that Evie would get her memories back in this next book, and I was partially right. It seems that some memories can be triggered by experiencing similar stimuli. One of my favorite moments in the book was her remembering her and Luc's first kiss. It was a sweet memory, even looking back, and suspecting she knew that the newest serum he had given her didn't work, and she was still dying. The few flashes of memory she had regained afterwards were interesting. The memories of her being trained by the Daedalus give further proof to what Eaton was telling Luc and her in the end. I also predicted that the Arum would be heavily featured in this book. They perhaps were not featured in the book, but the every part of the book that had Arum, heavily foreshadowed what was to come. After Evie and Heidi's confrontation with April, I already started to suspect that there was now genetically modified hybrids with both Luxen and Arum DNA. Of course, I didn't get full clarification on it until the end, when Eaton lets the bomb drop that the code in these "Trojan" hybrids, that they are controlled by the one and only, very much alive, Jason Dasher.

As expected, Evie's and Luc's relationship has continued to get stronger, and I was glad it wasn't a drawn out affair. It didn't take long for them to decide to be more to one another. It's still hard to get used to seeing the all powerful Luc from the LUX series be truly vulnerable with Evie. His admissions that he has never been with another woman, because to him, he could only do that with her, was incredibly sweet. His retelling if the memory of their first kiss ... and much like Daemon, Luc is willing to do anything for Evie. Judging by Luc's guilt of putting Evie in the position to be injected with this serum that mutated her, I suspect as we learn more about what she is capable of, we may see him pulling away some.

And holy alien babies (haha, see what I did there?), Evie is capable of some serious shit. The fact that she hasn't even fully tapped into her power is just insane. It is mentione