Monday 27 June 2011


Passion by Lauren Kate (Random House)
PB RRP $24.95
ISBN 978-0-3856-1808-3  
Reviewed by Oliver Phommavanh

Passion is the third book in the Fallen series for older readers. It works as a semi-prequel and intermission before the final showdown. But hey, it’s still essential reading for fans who want to find out why Daniel and Luce are destined for each other. Is it true love or a curse? Luce is determined to find out as she travels back in time to see her past lives. She wants Daniel to be free, hoping to find a way to break this spell between them.

When Daniel says that their love will never die, he means it. Passion takes you back to various moments in time. Luce will see herself in many other girls but essentially they share the same soul. Being immortal, Daniel’s more like role playing, trying to get close to her by pretending to be different people. Luce is aided by Bill, a gargoyle who lays down the facts for each scenario. It helps Luce and the reader prepare for when she confronts herself and old-school Daniel. Its part historic novel and mystery as Luce learns more about Daniel’s past. But will it also change her future? Daniel chases Luce through time, trying to save her. There’s also other forces at play, both good and evil, urging Luce to spark a war to end all wars.

Luce gets stronger with each book, unwilling to be passive and passionate with Daniel. She wants to know the significance of their love. She also falls back in love again. Kate has fun, mucking around with history and dreaming up different types of Daniel to woo the fans. It doesn’t really propel the main arc forward but still gains momentum. If anything, you’ll be gagging for the thrilling last novel, Rapture.  

Passion is a wonderful side-step for the series and it might just be the catalyst for new readers to discover the Fallen books. It’s not too late before ‘Rapture’ begins! Recommended for ages 14 and up.

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