Friday, 6 February 2015

Book: Promise by Susan Kaye Quinn

I received a copy of Promise, part 7 of Debt Collector, in exchange for my review.

Having escaped the mob, even if it was in a way that horrifies him, Lirium makes his way back to Madame A’s in an attempt to fulfil his promise to her. Now fully on board with wanting to give the children life hits, Lirium also wants to uncover the truth about what is going on and stop it. Unfortunately other events get in the way, and instead of stopping things, Lirium has to save someone that he loves.

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For the first time, Promise shows Lirium actively choosing to be good. Lirium’s always had the element of good about him, and often he makes good and right decisions without even realising that he is doing it, but in Promise he goes one step forward and actually decides that he wants to be good as opposed to just being good accidentally. Thus I feel he’s now become more of a hero than he was before.

Elena makes a reappearance in this part, as does her sister Tilly, Grace and Madame A. The story in general feels that it is at a place now where several of the old characters can all appear without their individuality being compromised. Tilly, though actually a minor part, is one of the most important when it comes to Lirium’s moral journey.

I feel like there’s something between Lirium and Elena. I could be wrong, but as a reader I know that there is at least something there on Lirium’s side as he keeps fixating on her hair, though to be fair he has done that since they met so it’s not a new thing!

This is the first time we’ve seen Lirium truly care for someone though, as one of his family member’s makes an appearance. I found the whole exchange between them very moving, even if Lirium did kind of do the selfish thing. The other interesting thing about that is that it meant that for most of Promise Lirium was referred to by his real name, Joe (which was revealed in the first part anyway).

Promise counts towards Winter COYER