Since Zoe and Quent’s first encounter in Beyond the Night when Zoe saved Quent’s life, and every combustible meeting since then, I have been dying to read their story. Abandon the Night was just as full of the explosive chemistry between the two as I had hoped. Yet, the rest of it wasn’t quite up to par.
Quentin Fielding had everything. Money. Power. Women. But now that civilization is all but annihilated, Quent wants only one thing: revenge. Harnessing a strange new “gift,” he embarks on a deadly mission to find the man responsible for the chaos and destruction, the man he should have killed years ago: his father. Only one thing stands in his way–a mysterious, arrow-wielding beauty . . .
ZoË Kapoor is on her own quest for vengeance, searching for the monstrous fiends who murdered her family. Soon she and Quent join together, journeying through the ruins of the world they once knew as a desperate desire builds between them. Drawing closer to an enemy they never imagined, ZoË and Quent must abandon all fear, abandon all regret, abandon the night . . .
Zoe and Quent have no problem setting fire to the sheets or any other horizontal (or sometimes vertical) surface. However, when that ended and they were left in each other’s company with nothing to do but talk, that was when Abandon the Night started to annoy me. Because when they are just talking, Zoe and Quent did not get along. They fought, they bickered, they lied to each other. It was like half the time they acted like children and the rest of the time they were ripping each other’s clothes off and not acting like children.
Both Zoe and Quent were seeking vengeance against the Strangers (the people who somehow caused the apocalypse fifty years ago), they teamed up to accomplish their mission together. However, their bipolar attitudes towards each other kept them from actually working together. The upside to that was that it kept the plot moving along fairly quickly and filled Abandon the Night with many unexpected twists and turns.
The fight against the Strangers started back in Beyond the Night and reached its zenith in Abandon the Night. The fight scenes and the anticipation of the final battle between Quent and his father was enough to keep me from putting the book down completely, as I wanted to do almost every time that Quent and Zoe started talking.
Abandon the Night had all the potential to be the best book in the series, but it fell flat of my high hopes when it became apparent that Quent and Zoe couldn’t get along. I can only hope that the next book, Night Betrayed, will be better.
Beyond the Night
Embrace the Night Eternal
Abandon the Night
Night Forbidden (2012)