It is my understanding that Crimson is the last of Jordan Summer’s Dead World series. This knowledge made me wait until the last minute to read this book; I didn’t want this story to end! Red was such an original take on the werewolf mythos that I instantly became a fan. The character of Gina “Red” Santiago was tough, driven, and melted only in the hands of Morgan Hunter, sheriff of the small town of Nuria. In Crimson¸ both Red and Morgan go through a lot of changes, some of which took me a while to get comfortable with. There was so much thrown at them that Red eventually buckled and let Morgan take care of her. It was such a departure from the kickass heroine from the first two books that I had to stop and evaluate it. This is the first time that I “saw” a character become truly affected by her surroundings. No real person could stand up to the barrage of attacks, both physical and mental, that an author puts her characters through. It was refreshing to have a character actually buckle under the pressure.
Their trip down the road to happiness was full of murderous potholes and evil villains lurking in the surrounding forest. I knew that, eventually, the story would have to end. The bad guy would be caught, and Red and Morgan could go on with their lives. In this final installment, all the conflicts finally come to an end. Red and Morgan had to find a way to clear their names and save the people of Nuria. With them on their journey was Demery, one of the vampire members of the Nurian Tactical Team. He knew the lay of no-man’s land and agreed to lead them to safety. What he failed to mention was that he left something behind in the outlaw territories that he planned on bringing back and it would require a sacrifice that Red might not be ready to pay. Because of this omission, a tough choice had to be made, and I’m sure Red will live with the consequences for the rest of her long life.
Much of Crimson’s plot surrounds Raphael and Catherine, two of the secondary characters from the previous books. I’m still not sure how I feel about this. They were interesting and dynamic characters, and I learned a lot about the Dead World from their experiences, but I wanted more time with my werewolves. If the series were going to continue, then it wouldn’t have been as big of a deal. There would be more time to catch up with my favorite characters, but I’m greedy—I wanted as much time as possible with them but instead had to share it with the Raphael and his lover.
Overall, I’m sad that this is the end. It is rare to find a series so diverse and enjoyable. There was science fiction, romance, horror, and a touch of erotica, all told with a unique and, at times, biting voice.
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Tor Paranormal Romance; 1 Original edition (November 3, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765359162
- ISBN-13: 978-0765359162
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