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Crest (Ondine Quartet Book 3) Paperback – October 21, 2013
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"Deadly battles, heartbreaking losses, steamy romance, painful betrayals, Crest is filled to the brim with it all and so much more...Emma Raveling is a spectacular storyteller." - Word Spelunking
"Crest is yet another amazing read in the Ondine Quartet." - Book Passion for Life
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Also, characters have developed, therefore there might be light SPOILERS ahead for some. Go finish Whirl and Billow! Now, onward!
Crest was the perfect continuation of Emma Raveling's Ondine Quartet. Romance, action, and intrigue combine to create an amazing story that grabs you from beginning to end, and will make you want the last book even that much more (if you thought that was even possible).
Kendra is perhaps one of my favorite characters in anything I have ever read. She is headstrong and brave but also becoming increasingly aware of her flaws. Her development throughout the series is something to behold. With each experience, good and bad, she becomes stronger and more willing to take on all the responsibilities that were thrown at her in the last two installments of the quartet. And this development would not have been able to happen, and would not be the same, without Tristan.
Tristan is, befittingly, probably one of my favorite male characters in anything I have ever read (power couple!?). While his character and deeds are usually seen in a noble light from Kendra's point of view, Tristan constantly acts in a way that supports all of the trust and respect that Kendra feels towards him. Their relationship in this novel is fraught with many obstacles but works to strengthen their characters both as individuals and as a political, as well as *SPOILER* romantic, partnership.
The other characters are explored in Crest as well. Secondary characters became much more real and influential to me (and to Kendra), becoming friends and allies that are capable of having their own part in the large scale conflict that is being forced upon them by The Shadow. They invite readers to become that much more invested in their actions and the consequences and I cannot wait to see what Breaker will bring for them.
In Crest we are introduced to the mystical Selkie kingdom and I love how Raveling created such a developed, fantastic world. All the societies introduced in this series are great but the Selkie Kingdom has a special place in my heart (as it does on many of the characters). This also allowed for us to finally have Kendra interact with Dax, Tristan's brother, and Ancelin, Tristan's father. We also encounter some more powerful, mystical forces that are tied with the lore Raveling has created around Ondine's, chevaliers, guardinals, etc. and why everything in this world works the way it does. I really enjoyed getting a look at the history of the magic and hints at what is going to happen in order for Kendra to (hopefully) prevail.
One of the things I liked most in this book in comparison to the others are the hints that Raveling has placed as to what is to come. I love trying to figure out all the clues, though for the life of me, Raveling still has me in the dark about what is to come (kudos). Kendra is becoming more aware of the role she is going to have to play, both through her own growth but also through the help of other forces. I can't wait to find out exactly who these other forces are and how Kendra's interactions with them will play out in the final installment.
Overall, I loved Crest (could you tell?). With wonderfully developed, and ever-developing, characters, fantastic world building, and complicated and intriguing lore, this book invites you along for the continuation of Kendra's journey and will make you wait in anticipation for more.
Dialogue was great, plots were interesting, and outcome was satisfying.
What I am really impressed is that the author really has excelled with her character development. They are older in this book, and they have all matured and grown accordingly, not only because of the passing of time, but also because war and conflict tends to make you grow faster, yet they all have remained true to who they really are. If you liked the characters in the first book, you will still like them in this one.
Anyway, read this, you will not be disappointed.
Can't wait for book 4. Particularly after the cliffhanger ending.
I am over flowing with pride for Kendra. She has grow so much, and become such a remarkable woman, warrior, and overall person. She has bested all sorts of odds thrown at her and persevered with flying colors. She humbles me with her dedication to, not only succeed with any and all goals she sets for herself, but also for the loyalty she has for those she protects and the people she'd die for.
I cannot wait to see just how much more she will continue to grow and wow us with her awesomeness.
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