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The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

#34 of 200

Original Language: English
Publisher: Egmont USA
Country: USA
Publication Date: 28.12.2010
ISBN: 9781606840580
Page Count: 416
Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She was infected with the werewolf curse while trying to save him, and lost her beloved brother in the process. When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do. She must become a Hound of Heaven.
Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot—a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero. But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel is put in danger—in more ways than one.
Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace begins to give into the wolf inside of her—not realizing that an enemy has returned and a deadly trap is about to be sprung.
The Divine family return in The Lost Saint six months after the life changing events of Dark Divine. Grace and Daniel are pushing themselves to adjust to their new selves while Grace's family are still suffering from Jude's continued absence. The Lost Saint throws more than one new complications into the romance of Grace and Daniel as another distraction in a new adventure.

The Lost Saint plays upon many of the same themes as the Dark Divine with a special emphasis on the nature of power. Grace is a believer in using power and strength for the greater good and she is repeatedly faced with people who disagree. She must come to terms with her own new powers and learn to use them for herself, all without letting the Wolf loose to consume her. In this way, the Lost Saint becomes a debate on moral responsibility. If you have the power to help, but could be dangerously consumed by it, should you take the risk?

This conflict of interest means Grace is constantly arguing with those around her. Gabriel, a wolfish newcomer, Daniel and even her Father, are all doing their best to restrain Grace and she is determined not to let them win. Enter Talbot. Sexy, sauve and charming flannel wearing Nathan Talbot is a werewolf crime fighter. As Grace's teacher, Talbot assists her to channel her emotion into releasing her powers to take down demons and rouge wolves.

With the introduction of Talbot, Despain brings the classic love triangle to tLS. As Daniel remains mysteriously absent for most of the novel (remind anyone of another Supernatural romance sequel?), Talbot is free to try and worm his way into Grace's favour. The love triangle, as always, brings a new edge to the narrative, as Grace must deal with competing courtships. However, unlike most, Grace is easily able to choose Daniel and is only drawn in by Talbot's prowess over his powers.

Speaking of powers; Grace's obsession with becoming a Superhero becomes irritating early on. In the manner of a broken record, the idea of the werewolf Superhero loses its appeal soon after the return of April : fashion designer extraordinaire. April's incessant mutterings about tiara's and capes, and her desire to 'pimp' Grace's weapons is frustrating rather than endearing. April's character is shallow and fickle. The typical template for a bored teenager, April is a two dimensional character who takes more away from the novel than she adds to it. 

The Lost Divine introduces characters in more depth than the Dark Divine. Gabriel the Beta of the Urbat Pack makes his entrance as the information seeking pacifist. Gabriel is a fun character, one who does more than sit around acting as a page filler. He provides Grace with her moral dilemma, creates a history for the werewolves and acts as a wise mentor figure. Talbot is another great character who provides Grace with the exact opposite. Like the snake and Eve, Talbot provides Grace with corrupted, sinful, power and the ability in an innocent guise. Despain has manage to improve the interaction between her characters, in part because she has introduced new characters. This comes across strongly though a comparison between Divine family interaction in each book. The level of interaction is the same, but in tLS the Divine family start acting like a real family instead of a creepy Stepford family.

The Lost Divine is the latest book in Bree Despains Dark Divine series. It is ideal for teenagers looking for another paranormal romance with a hint of action.

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Judging by the Cover: I'm a sucker for matching series covers. The cover for Dark Divine was a beautiful combination of black background and purple scarf. Continuing the trend in the Lost Divine, another set of pale legs are draped in a brilliant blue gauzy material. The blue is a much more powerful colour than the purple and reflects the changes in Grace from the last book. Even the positioning of the models legs is more powerful. 

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