This is a satisfying last book in a great fantasy series. Jasminda and Kyara face their final showdown with the True Father, who remains determined to conquer Elsira. Recently escaped from the palace dungeons, and potentially getting help from his twin sister The Goddess Awoken, the True Father has a new army of wraiths that can’t be killed and can only be stopped by Nethersong and the help of Earthsingers.
Like Elsira needed any more problems. Jasminda’s husband is on a mission to garner new allies and she is keeping a tenuous hold on her crown. The civil unrest between Elsirians and the Lagrimar refugees attempting to settle in Elsira is heating up. Jasminda must figure out a way to keep Elsira from splintering apart in civil war and fight the True Father for the future of the entire kingdom. With the help of Kyara, and a young sisterhood novitiate Zeli, they may find a way to help the people of Elsira and Lagrimar, as well as defeat the True Father, for good.
This book is fast-paced and full of action. I was a little disappointed that Jasminda’s husband was basically absent for 98% of the book. I enjoyed reading about him in the first book. Kyara and a young Lagrimar girl join the Cave Folk again to learn how to harness and control their power. This part of the book seemed to slow the story down and make it drag a bit. I also grew impatient with all of the inner turmoil in Kyara, as well as all of her family drama. Again, it seemed to slow the story down and could have been abbreviated to sustain momentum. I get it that Kyara needed to heal and feel worthy of having a happy life, but get on with it already! But these were minor annoyances that didn’t affect my overall enjoyment of the book.
Overall, this was an entertaining, fun book series to read that I recommend you pick up. I look forward to reading more books from this author.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. All opinions are my own.
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