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An amazing cliffhanger
on September 11, 2012
This is the kind of book that you read and simply leaves you wanting more, even more so than Fathoms of Forgiveness, which I loved. It is fast paced, full of action, and just seems to keep moving along at a blazing pace. While I enjoyed FoF slightly more, this was still a great book and I can't wait for the fourth and final installment of the series.
This book certainly felt different from the others in the series so far. This of course is not a bad thing and just reveals the flexibility and diversity of Ms. Scrieva as a writer. It just feels like moving and important events seem to occur without end, until the end of course. In fact pacing may be my only complaint for the story. It is so fast that I nearly felt as exhausted as the characters with trying to wrap my head around each new plot point, development, and event. I think the pacing would have been a bit better if the story of Aazuria had been mixed in a bit more at the beginning of the book with the other's stories. Also, how could Ms. Scrieva keep us waiting for so long to find out what happened to Aazuria after FoF? That was simply cruel in my opinion.
Speaking of Aazuria, what an amazing amount of character development over the last half of the book. I had always thought Visola out shined Aazuria (Visola continues to shine, but at this point that deserves little mention), but now they seem to be wrestling for control for my favorite heroine. Her strength, resolve, and determination to escape her prison and protect her daughter are all moving, and frankly inspiring. She shines in her character as the way a true queen should shine. Strong, prideful, just, and kind even to those who don't deserve it. I absolutely loved Clavaria as well. She is everything I think any father would want their daughter to be: smart, strong, curious, loving, kind, and loyal. Sadly, it is these things that also what makes the ending all the more tragic.
I cannot state how much I want to simply deck Trevian and Elandria across the jaw. Trevian especially annoyed me with his constant moping, whining, and complaining. I have wanted to hit him several times in the past, but this time it was especially bad. It just never felt like he truly tried giving his all in looking for Aazuria. He was too logical, too reasoning, and too accepting of losing her. It is not that he is a bad character, bad person, or poorly written. I would argue for quite the contrary in fact. It is simply that he was too good and not bad enough. Trevian was simply not unreasonable enough. Ms. Scrieva makes you like him, care about him, and generally grow frustrated and annoyed with him. None of these are bad things.
Elandria is much more interesting I think. While I enjoyed her finally opening up and developing (I had always thought she had the potential to be an amazing character even from the first book), I was slightly disappointed by the woman she became. She is elegant, gracious, kind, and intelligent, but seems to have reverted in a different way. Now instead of being overly closed, she feels overly open. I suppose that is a good balance for her character and reflects just how shut in she had been. It is still a bit sad and disappointing though to see just how easily she seems to give in to others still.
It is difficult to do this review without revealing the ending and some of the bigger plot points, but that just shows how much fun this story was. It is a great set up for the final book, and I am hungry for more of the story.