My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I yearned for this book. After reading the first two in the series, I forced myself to take a break. I was getting too invested in the characters. But I couldn’t stay away for too long, I needed to know what happened next – and if this third installment will be the one that will finally disappoint me. It didn’t, I didn’t think it was possible, but the story just got better.
There are a lot of coming of age stories out there, but I truly love Kip’s and Teia’s. The author has a great way of getting the two supposed underdogs to control their powers and reconcile themselves with the responsibilities that come with them.
Karris Guile’s and Orea Pullawr’s story lines are wonderful tales of women empowerment – or a guide to wielding power in a male-dominated society.
I read a lot of reviews with spoilers before purchasing this title – but the author’s creative imagination still blew me away. I don’t think I’ve ever gasped, chuckled, and held my breath so many times while listening to a book before.
And the antagonists in this book are awesome – not just the very obvious Andross Guile – but those who were later revealed. Brutal, brilliant, and so easy to hate – but the obstacles they create for our heroes are awesome.
I think Simon Vance is an excellent narrator, he makes the characters come alive – I know every one of the cast just by the voice he uses for them. His narration creates a lot of the suspense and delivers the author’s punchlines perfectly. He is the last puzzle piece that makes this series a real work of art.