The group heads out of Outpost City, all the while Alexei somehow plagues Emma's dreams with his terms for Arthur's release – Arthur can go, but she must stay and be his. Despite this horrifying concept, Arthur's rescue is surprisingly easy, although he is near death. The group splits up with Emma and a broken and dying Arthur heading one way and the rest, the other way in the hopes of meeting up again in six months. Emma is determined to heal Arthur, since he is the only person alive who has any control over the mists, but her healing power doesn't seem to be working the way it used to. When she finally is able to make a difference for him, he isn't the same mentally and she is faced with Alexei interrupting her at a reclusive cabin she has made into a temporary home for her and what's left of Arthur. Once again, Alexei has a bargain for Emma, but this time it could mean permanent freedom and safety from him for both Emma and Arthur. Can she make a deal with the devil one more time and survive?
Far Shore is, just like its predecessors in the After series, a great read. As I approached the end of the book, I found myself a little panicky at the thought of the end of the series. For whatever reason, I was thinking After was a trilogy and was quite relieved to see Far Shore was set up for another book. I love the characters and the post-apocalyptic universe that Traci Slatton has created in the After series and I enjoy seeing where their lives go in this strange and dangerous new world. Keep 'em coming Traci!