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Book Review: Dark Harmony by Laura Thalassa (The Bargainer Series, Book 3)


Dark Harmony by Laura Thalassa is the final book in the Bargainer Series, though there is a novella called The Emperor of Evening Stars which I do plan on reading after this. However, I don’t think I’ll write a post about it as I normally don’t when it comes to novellas. But there’s no way I’m not reading it. I want to see things from Desmond’s POV. I don’t know all of what’s going to be in the novella, but Desmond is such a romantic I need to read it at least once. But this post is not about the novella, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on the final book of the series.


There are worse things than death. Things that lurk in the shadows and slip into your dreams. Things that have no business existing. Things that once slept … but have now awoken. For Callypso Lillis, the fae magic that now runs through her veins is equal parts curse and good fortune. For the very thing that bonds her to Desmond Flynn, the King of the Night, also makes her vulnerable to the Thief of Souls, a man who wants to break the world … and Callie along with it. But it’s not just the Thief whose shadow looms over the Otherworld. Des’s father is back from the dead, and he wants revenge on the son who sent him to the grave in the first place. Des and Callie must figure out how to stop both men, and time is running out. Because there are forces at play working to tear the lovers apart once and for all … and unfortunately for them, death is no longer the worst thing to fear.

Book Info

  • Published: October 28, 2018
  • Page Count: 434
  • Genre: YA Fantasy & Romance


Dark Harmony is the final novel in the Bargainer Series by Laura Thalassa. This story picks up right where A Strange Hymn epilogue leaves off. The sleeping soldiers have woken up and they are out for blood. The Thief of Souls is no longer waiting around and he’s ready to carry out his plans. Destroy all of the kingdoms in the Otherworld and take Callie for his own. He’s still visiting her in dreams, only now they are more real since his magic is compatible with Callie.

Des and Callie relationship is a give and take. Desmond still holds secrets from Callie, but he also shares more things with her. Not giving away what happens with their relationship or story/plot, but there’s a lot of tension there that gets wrapped up by the end of the story. Callie comes to terms fully with what the bond between them means. That not only is she in love with Desmond but that means she’s the Queen of Night. Not only that but Callie comes to terms with her powers now altered after taking the lilac wine that made her immortal. She can now glamour fairies not just humans.

The story wraps up the mystery over who the Thief is and there are plenty of twists along the way. Not only that, but there’s good foreshadowing throughout the series about it. The prophecy of Gallagher Nyx (Desmond’s father) comes into play more with the ending of the series. It has you on the edge of your seat especially as the twists occur. I was holding my breath at a few parts. The ending was perfect for Callie’s story and a fitting end for the Thief and Gallagher Nyx after everything those two did. She finally felt like she found her place and felt comfortable in her skin with her power. Something that she had been working towards throughout the series.

I have a feeling I’ll be returning to this series in the future for more re-readings. Some aspects made the plot feel a little slower at times, though I have to say I love all of Callie’s thoughts. It’s raw and real like we’re in her head experiencing everything rather than a retelling of the events. This isn’t a spoiler really, but I was dying of laughter when Callie got drunk on truth wine and started saying all of her thoughts out loud. Not that anyone decided to point out that fact to her until the very important, very serious royal meeting was over between Night and Day.

But I do feel like there were some areas where things were added just to fill time between the action. Not that I didn’t enjoy them, but they do feel a little out of place compared to the rest. Which is the only reason I’m docking a few points from the rating.

Overall, I give this book a 3.75 out of 5-star rating.

Love ya,

Mae Polzine

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  1. Brooke Carrington – Los Angeles, CA, USA – I'm Brooke, a woman in science, wife, and bookworm that loves to babble about books. My husband and I created Quill Quotes, a blog where I enjoy discussing my favorite books, quotes, and authors.
    April 17, 2021 / 4:24 PM

    I don’t read a lot of YA fantasy but these sound good!

    • Mae Polzine
      April 17, 2021 / 4:25 PM

      They were very good. More NA than YA when it comes to the romance scenes.
      ♥ Mae

  2. Lu Reviews Books – USA – Bookworm, book enthusiast, book addict, Janeite. Book art, book reviews, and book-related articles. I read historical fiction, romance, and women's fiction.
    April 18, 2021 / 9:43 AM

    Great review! I try to stay away from 400+ pages books, unless is an author that I already know and love. Did you feel it dragged or where the pages necessary to the plot?

    • Mae Polzine
      April 18, 2021 / 11:01 AM

      The pages were not necessary to the plot. They were funny, but they could’ve been removed. It was basically just a drunk scene that I don’t think really needed to be there.
      ♥ Mae

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