Fantasy of Fire (The Tainted Accords) Hardcover – June 19, 2017
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Kelly St. Clare has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I am now a fan for life." - Amie's Book Reviews.
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I wasn't sure what I had expected to happen next after the ending of book 2, but this wasn't it. It was really interesting reading how things progressed and especially how Olina handled it all. She has changed and grown so much in this series and this book is another very important step in her character development. She embraces her role as future ruler a bit it seems, she takes responsibility and makes some big decisions. There is also a decision she makes and I enjoyed seeing how she handled it and how everyone reacted to the news.
I also liked how in this book we get to see more of the side characters from previous books. And it feels like almost everyone has a role here, which was great. I enjoyed seeing more of the side characters again and how they were doing. This author writes such a great cast of side characters! I also was happy to see more of Olandon in this book and there are some important changes in his character as well, which I enjoyed seeing. There are some side plot lines that come to a conclusion in this book and some other plot lines that continue and even some new ones that are started. While the book might feel a bit gentle paced at times, which totally works here, there is a lot going on.
Olina goes through some amazing character development in this series and I think I say this in every review for this series so far. But so far in every book she has changed as a person and every book presents her with new challenges and decisions and she continues to change. It really is amazing to see and she really grows into her own as the series progresses and every time I think she has found her place there is more to happen. There were a few things I wasn't 100% sure about that she did, but I liked reading how it all played out and in some cases she might not go about things the right way, but I could see why she went this route and in the end I am glad she did what she did.
There also was a bit of romance in this book and while at first I wasn't as sure about it, I am totally rooting for this couple now. Although this book did have some moment where I wanted to push their heads together and have them kiss instead of the half misunderstandings and avoidance and trying to do the right thing. I get why they acted that way, but at the same time I just want them to be together. But there were some great scenes that totally made up for the slightly frustrating ones. And by the end, I just hope they keep following this trend in this next book. They still have some things to work through together and I hope to see some of that in the next book.
To summarize: Fantasy of Fire is a great third book in this amazing fantasy series. I easily got sucked back into the story and I really enjoyed this book. There are some interesting plot developments in this book. There are also some side plot lines that got resolved, others that continue and some new ones that pop up. I wasn't sure what I had expected to happen in this book, but I am sure it wasn't this. The book had some great twists and surprises. One of my favorite parts is seeing how Olina develops over the course of the series, it's awesome to see how she changes in each book. There are new challenges and decisions she has to make in this book and I enjoyed reading how she handled it all. There is a bit of romance as well, by now I am fully invested in this couple and while there are some frustrating scenes there are also some beautiful and touching ones. I am looking forward to see how book 4 wraps this series up!
..... I'm at a loss for words. lol That's not meant as a negative thing, quite the opposite. Olina and Jovan has literally made me speechless...
In this tale of two worlds we have Olina and Jovan trying to figure out how to stop the war they know is coming. Her mothers army has been foiled for now, but as with any good plan things creep up that cause the well thought out and adaptable plans to go arse over tea kettle so fast they forget where they were going.
The war is not the only battle they're both facing. They have Olina and her multiple personalities, the lust and attraction they share amongst themselves and the traitor among Jovan's men to run through. The battles come fast and hard and with the impending crisis coming at them full force the only way Olina sees to gather allies is to her side is to unveil herself to a select few.
The reaction is taken better than expected which boosts moral. But now it's onto face the threats before them... all the while both Olina and Jovan have to fight the feelings that grow stronger and stronger daily.
In the end though, it's that choice alone that will solidify their future. Do they give in... or call a truce and go their separate ways? What's better for the people of both worlds...
So many questions. So many options, but their is only one way to fix it all... it's time to take her life in her hands. Olina is no longer afraid to do what she knows she must. Time to fight one last battle.
I loved how the relationship between Olina and Jovan is developed, and their respective sense of obligation to their own kingdoms. This series keeps getting better with each book.
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Kelly manages to have plenty of originality in her story - and this comes from someone who's read countless fantasy books (not a young adult anymore), the characters are wonderfully appealing (who's not infatuated with King Jovan?) and the plot is full of twists.
All the praise is well-deserved. I expect even greater things in the future from this writer. Late 2016 for the final book can't come fast enough.
Try a free sample if you are unsure, I'm betting you will love this series as I have. These books were hard to put down.
Well done again kelly St Clare.
I'm loving these books !
This story does get better by the end. Once again I believe this series could be great with some revising, and editing out of unnecessary parts. Perhaps if it was shortened to a trilogy?
Kelly St. Clare you are exceptionally talented and I highly recommend everyone to setting in for the day for a great read!
Olina is such a strong fabulous women who stands on her own strength but has such a beautiful caring heart.