Elegy by Tara Hudson

Posted May 30, 2013 by Sara | Novel Novice 0 Comments

Tara Hudson’s elegant story about love from beyond the grave comes to a bittersweet and achingly lovely conclusion with Elegy, the third and final book in her Hereafter series.

elegyA stalker ghost, misguided Seers, and spellbinding wraiths—Amelia Ashley has faced them all. Now her greatest hope is to spend the rest of her afterlife with her living boyfriend, Joshua. But the demonic forces return to give her an ultimatum: turn herself over to the darkness or watch them murder one living person per week until she does.

Amelia fears she might really be doomed, until the forces of light give her another option. She can join them in their quest to gather souls, with a catch: Once she joins them, she can never see Joshua again.

Faced with impossible choices, Amelia decides to take her afterlife into her own hands—and fight back.

Love, fate, choice, sacrifice. Hudson approaches each subject with aplomb throughout her Hereafter series, but never so elegantly as in Elegy. Hudson deftly tackles her ghostly mythology, handily steers her characters into new challenges, and brings her story full-circle with an ending that is both achingly sad and unbelievably beautiful.

With the same graceful writing style as in her previous novels, Hudson embeds the reader in her setting — with the Oklahoma pastoral almost becoming an additional character in the story. The grass, the cold, the water, the graveyard — each location comes to life through Hudson’s sweet prose.

Readers will fall in love with Amelia and her sad story all over again, and will marvel at Hudson’s smart and perfectly-crafted ended. This conclusion could have gone in an entirely different direction, but anything other than what Hudson offers up would have felt like cheating. Instead, Elegy is the perfect ending for Amelia and her loved ones.

Elegy is in stores June 4th.

Sara | Novel Novice

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