Another gorgeous cover for this series! ❤
Pub. Date: September 3rd 2019 I Castor Press I Pages: 250 I YA Fantasy
“Jermaine Charm has everything he could ever want: supportive parents, two loving sisters, and a vibrant home in the suburbs of Dewdrop. When the dazzling new girl arrives at his school, she comes to him with a request—to join a band of rebels and save an alternate world from the infamous tyrant Samael, who seeks to take everything from them. Given the chance to be a hero, Jermaine leaps into this new role as the protector of the alternate world of Athre.
But Jermaine learns the shadows Samael casts is ever-reaching. Not only do they threaten him and his new friends, but the bonds between his family and the safety of his world. And the sole power that can defeat Samael slumbers inside Jermaine as Twilight, a power that shines as bright as the sun. Jermaine must harness his power and protect his world and Athre from the looming darkness.” (GR)
The Path to Dusk by Miri Castor is the third book in the Opal Charm series, but it’s not a sequel, it’s a prequel! After following Opal’s journey to Athre, we now go back a bit and revisit the fate of her older brother Jermaine. As we learned with Opal that her brother’s tragic fate was really his journey to the world of Athre, we now learn what happened to him in the time before he reconnected with his sister.
We find Jermaine when he’s 16, in high school, having strange dreams and meeting a new student we’re already familiar with from the last book: Adaeze. Jermaine is a great brother, he takes care of his sisters and he really wants to make the world a better place, but how? Enter Adaeze, who asks him to come to Athre and help save them from the evil overlord Samael Serkhan.
It was really cool to read about Jermaine’s journey and how things really turned out for him the way they did. Loved the contrast to Opal, the reluctant heroine, and how Jermaine is of course less jaded and without grief and jumps at the chance. Of course, that comes with great consequences! I also really enjoyed reading about his relationship with his sisters and how close he was with them. Family, blood and chosen, is one of my favorite parts of the series, it’s at the heart of it. And we’ve got a Black superhero family and Black teens are the chosen ones, we need more of this representation!
It’s so difficult to review this one so Opal Charm fans get some info, but without spoiling things for new readers! I’d still recommend reading them in order, but you could of course also start with this prequel. Anyway, I hope you’ll give the series a shot and if you’re a fan already, you definitely won’t be disappointed, but this one, like book 2 will pull at your heartstrings. But like me, it’ll leave you impatient for book 4! I need to know what happens next with Opal and Jermaine and the others in Athre!! Hope we won’t have to wait too long!
Disclaimer: I received a free e-version of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Miri!