Review: Lux (The Nocte Trilogy #3) – Cortney Cole


My name is Calla Price and I’m broken.
My pieces are all around me, floating on the wind, even as I desperately try to grasp them.
Who is dead? Alive? Insane?
What is the truth?
I don’t know.
I do know this: The darkness is strangling me. With every breath, I choke on another lie.
My mind has protected me, but that shield will soon be lowered.
All will be revealed.
Every answer to every question.
It’s all been leading to this.

Don’t be afraid.
Be terrified.


**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

Since NOTE was released last year, I was fascinated by its cover. It awakened a fascination and curiosity in me as few covers have succeeded. Along with this fascination at first sight, every time I saw a post, comment or rant about the book, my curiosity grew. I almost read Nocte when it was released, but when I found out it was going to be a trilogy and not a standalone book I decided to wait a little longer to be able to read the series. With the release date for the third book set for October 2015 and with the pleasant surprise to be able to read an ARC of Lux, the third and final book in the series, I finally got into this serie.

NOCTE introduces the story of Calla, Finn and Dare, bringing a story full of mysteries, twists, theories, surprises and a tangle of possibilities that awaken the mind of its readers and often lead them to despair in their eagerness to solve its secrets.

As a reader who loves theorizing during her readings, I do not deny that several possibilities permeated my mind while I was desperately trying to put the pieces of this puzzle into place. At times I was sure of the outcomes, but then a few pages ahead I had completely changed the course of my ideas.

And it is with this rhythm, this pace, that the author leads us through the first book, and in the followings VERUM, INITIUM and LUX. From the first till the last page of the trilogy, the author Courtney Cole launches numerous clues to, on the following pages, undo them completely or further confuse her readers. Perhaps the word confusion is the best word to describe this series that I honestly do not know how to classify and describe. NOCTE pleased me a lot. I liked the narrative pace, I thought the order the facts were presented very interesting, I was fascinated mostly by the chapters in Finn’s POV and by their narrative style, and the book’s ending leaves us breathless and in an uncontrollable despair to know the following events.

VERUM, on the other hand, is…weird. Do not get me wrong. I like weird, but VERUM reaches a new level of weirdness, most part not making any sense, and absolutely unconnected with the first book, so much so it seemed the author had written a new book, whose only similarity with the previous book were the names of the three main characters. Multiple pages that seemed to be pointless, comings and goings that took my patience to its limit. Maybe if it weren’t for my complete inability to give up things and my uncontrollable curiosity, I would have given up on the series right there. Or maybe I didn’t give up for the simple fact that even not comprehending what was going on and not seeing sense in those pages, I was completely absorbed by the way the author chose to narrate the book. I can not explain, and perhaps ultimately this is the author’s intention, to leave us in such position and state of mind that we don’t even know how to express what we feel while reading these books. What I know is that from the last five chapters of NOCTE, Courtney Cole’s narrative acquires a cadence, a rhythm, a fluidity pace that fascinated me, just as the covers of her books did. I really cannot explain, but that style of narrating Finn’s chapters in NOCTE took over the book, giving a pace that deserves to be highlighted and congratulated.

With the same narrative, the author brings INITIUM, a novella that introduces us the circumstances of Dare’s birth. Once again the author, rather than putting a few pieces of this crazy puzzle in place, throws new pieces that apparently don’t fit… Rather than undo the nots, she further entangles the lines of thoughts and theories of her readers.

Finally, Courtney Cole brings the outcome of this tangle of theories, mysteries and confusion in LUX. The third book holds the same pace in the narrative and, initially, it appears that the comings and goings will never end, the tangle become something impossible to solve, the puzzle has so many broken, missing and wrong pieces that you think you’ll never be able to put everything in its proper place. However, after a certain point, the tracks seem to start to get us somewhere; this time, some questions are answered; this time, some nots were finally undone. In the end, I came across an outcome I suspected, among many others I thought throughout the reading. I will not deny…I created so many theories that I would have plots to write a thousand books after reading this series. I found the choice of the author to leave an opening interpretation of the facts very interesting , although for me there isn’t another option, an opened interpretation. I’m an eclectic and open-minded reader. In fiction, I accepted as real the rational as much as the not rational. It is suffice to say that my line of reasoning followed the author’s line of reasoning.

I still don’t know what to make of this series, but in the end I think this is exactly what the author wanted, for us to come down into the rabbit hole with her and these characters and accept our own madness and inability to distinguish real from not real. Or maybe not… Actually I think everyone who finish these books becomes a little crazier,  incoherent and confused. And is there really a problem with that? In this craziness? Well, the interpretation is up to you!

By Fernanda Aragão

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Reading Order: Nocte (#1); Verum (#2); Initium (#2.5); Lux (#3).

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About the author:


Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist who would rather write than eat chocolate. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, but no amount of working in the corporate world could quell her urge to write.

Courtney was born and raised in Kansas, home of incredibly friendly people and the most horrendous weather on the planet. Because summer days were so hot, she grew up reading stacks of books… and when she didn’t like the ending, she wrote her own.

Courtney has relocated to Florida where she writes beneath palm trees. To learn more about her, please visit her website, To sign up for her newsletter and receive exclusive sneak peeks and super-fan perks, go here:

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