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- Publication Date: December 1, 2016
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- Language: English
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Legacy of the Devil Queen (Eve of Redemption Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Joe Jackson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Every book in the series gets better and better. After finishing this book, if book five were available, I would have bought it immediately. The only downside to this book, is that if you are reading it while he is writing the series, you have to wait for the next book!
Okay, to this book. This book changes direction slightly from previous books in the series, but I loved the change. Joe took this novel on a more internal journey. The main focus was on the internal change of Kari and the internal struggles within her. She is pregnant during this book and is unable to be on the battle field fighting demons. She has to stay home while others fight for her. The internal struggle is just as rich and interesting as the fighting on the battlefield and I was equally intrigued by both aspects of the story.
I'm totally biased.... I love the character Kari. She is so real to me even though she is technically a fictitious species on a fictitious planet, this makes her no less real to me. She is easily my current favorite female character. She gets more complex and real with every book. I can't wait to read each new book, for the most part, to read about Kari and what is happening to her. Kari is so well written, so complex, and so true, it is amazing. I have to keep reminding myself that a man wrote this stunningly accurate female character. She is full of paradoxes and twists. She is as adept on the battle field as she is with internal struggles. Oh, wait, that's actually Joe. Oh well, Kari deserves some of the credit too.
Back to the story, that's what you want to know about, right? A character from the past comes into play and we have a fresh point of view. This character is involved in most of the fighting that happens off campus and provides a fresh take on the usual cast of characters, from Kari to her in-laws. I can't tell you who, because if I did, it would be a spoiler, and that wouldn't be right. I will assure you that it is awesome, done with exquisite skill, and will blow your socks off!
The story is engaging, entertaining, and keeps you reading with every turn of the book. You simply can't put this book down! The understanding of 'demons' and the underworld or Mehr'Durillia grows more with each book, but also more complex. The relationships with all the creatures on Citaria and Mehr'Durillia become more intertwined and labyrinthine. Every book is more interesting and exciting. Don't let the complexity of the relationships scare you away, because Joe does a nice job of updating you on who each character is and giving a little background when a character hasn't been around for a few chapters.
Now to the writing. His first book reminded me of Ursula K. Le Guin's writing, however, every book after that seems to have lost the Le Guin feel that I fell in love with in the first book. What has replaced the Le Guin feel, is intensity, intrigue, and connection. One thing I feel he has done better than Le Guin, is the connection of reader to the characters. Jackson has made Kari real and available to the reader. The characters in Wizard of Earthsea felt farther away and less real, especially when compared to Karian Vanador.
In summary, this book still has some awesome fight scenes, mainly with an awesome character from the past (before book 1 began), while focusing more on the internal struggle inside Kari. It is equal in both internal and external conflict, and both are done equally well. This book is even more exciting to read than previous books, keeps you on your toes and the pages turning, and is overall well written. While he's lost the Le Guin effect noted in book one, he's gained a fast moving style with deep connection to characters.
I have had the opportunity to read and review the other three books in the Eve of Redemption series and I have greatly enjoyed each of them for varying reasons. I have watched Kari grow from a young and restless demon hunter to the mother-to-be we see in this book. While there are many things that remain constant in Jackson’s writing, this book demonstrated his ability to still, somehow, surprise readers with his talents some four books into the series.
The big difference between book four and the other novels is the integration of a second point of view. With a world as big and vast as what we’ve seen in Jackson’s writing, having another POV definitely provided another aspect to the story—one that was more intimately involved with the events that unfolded.
My favorite part of the story was growth in characters, especially Kari. I’m sure I’ve commented on her in each one of my reviews but I can’t help but feel impressed with her. She is going to become a mother at probably the most inopportune time. Now Kari faces a challenge that most of us have trouble overcoming; trusting ourselves and the decisions we make.
It’s a struggle for Kari to take care of herself while fighting back worries over her friends and families whom she is unable to protect as she did before. It’s a struggle for her to be so removed as she was in comparison to her role in the previous books. This sort of transition was definitely entertaining but it also demonstrated the sort of controlled complexity Jackson has as an author. It isn’t easy to suddenly switch POV’s in the fourth installment, it isn’t easy to have your main character pregnant and detached. But Jackson included such drastic changes to this story and did it very well.
Despite the major changes in Kari’s life, there is still plenty of action and edge-of-your-seat thrills to be discovered in the pages of this book. It is by no means a disappointment and has certainly become the best of the bunch in the Eve of Redemption series.
I can’t recommend this book to fantasy readers without insisting they pick up the other books in the saga as well. It will make a wonderful addition to anyone’s library but has a special place in the hearts of those who enjoy books with a strong female lead and characters who have much to lose. If you enjoy great action, war, and fantastic creatures, then the Eve of Redemption series is a strong recommendation for you.
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