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Vine Gate (The Elements of Kamdaria) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B086J9H1GN
- Publisher : Marten Press (May 12, 2020)
- Publication date : May 12, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 5211 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 107 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #416,962 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Talise hears of the chaos erupting in Kamdaria. Civil strife, violent battles, fires, and more plague Kamdaria, which devastates Talise. Her efforts to improve Kamdaria have mixed results, and Talise realizes that there is no easy fix to the deep problems that riddle her world. I found this delve into the socio-economic system and the inner workings of Kamdaria very interesting. Talise witnesses a complex ripple effect, as a result of her benevolent actions, that has benefits and disadvantages. I have a feeling that this experience will help her become a better leader, as she will be better able to predict smart and appropriate ways to help the people. Of course, first, she has to get that amulet, defeat the Kessoku, and usurp her father.
I love that this story included fast-paced and nail-biting action, especially when Talise and her team infiltrate the enemies and try to retrieve the amulet. As the previous story was more about Talise’s spiritual journey, this is more of a physical one. Talise is emotionally stronger which empowers her to act. Her surety, as well as the support of her friends, also gives her the strength to confront her feelings for Aaden.
In Vine Gate, Talise and Aaden finally reunite, though only briefly. I thought these were important scenes for both characters. Talise still misses and is confused by Aaden, and she needs closure. Their lives are complicated and headed in different directions, and they needed some finality before they could fully move forward. I have a feeling that their paths will cross again, but Talise has finally realized who she can depend on.
This is the first book where Talise makes a concerted effort to trust her friends. She is slowly learning that keeping secrets and trying to do everything alone is not always the best way to succeed. Wendy and Claye, in particular, have proven trustworthy, intelligent, and loyal to a fault. I like that Talise is listening to, learning from, and trusting in them.
There is also a bit of a romance developing, which I like. Talise won’t give her heart too easily now, but I have a feeling her love interest is willing to wait. This seems like it’s going to be a slow-burning, slow-developing, deeply loving relationship (or, at least, that’s what I’m hoping!), not a relationship built on mistrust, secrets, and competitive pressure.
This is an excellent continuation of The Elements of Kamdaria series. Thanks so much to the author for a copy of the story in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
This world continues to grow increasingly complex on all levels. Every time Talise moves we learn more about the fantastically layered world and varied peoples. She's learned that Kamdaria's history and leadership was not what she though, and that her helpful actions sometimes have completely unintended and sometimes even harmful results. Now we learned that even the enemy is not as single dimensional as they originally appeared.
Good news for #TeamClaye fans, he gets an expanded role in this book. We've been meeting the families of Talise's friends as she journeys, and this installment gives us a glimpse into Claye's home. turns out he might just be good for more than gardening after all. For #TeamAaden fans, it's complicated! but it always has been with him.
This is a series that should be read in order as the story line builds from one book to the next.
This is an honest and voluntary review of an ARC
I have mixed feelings about this book. I have loved the series so far, and I will always love Talise, but what the heck, Aaden! Have you really switched sides? Or are you just too good an actor for your own good? I also don't ship Talise and Claye. It feels off somehow, not that I think class matters, but Talise and Aaden were a better match for wit. Claye is too nice. But we'll see how that goes. I'm also still at a loss about the emperor. He seems as bad as the Kessoku, just using his power to benefit a different group of people. It's up to Talise to change things and repair an entire kingdom all on her own.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and have reviewed it willingly.
Kay L. Moody continues to a great job creating conspiracy and excitement in this series. Talises has undergone a lot. It has become difficult for her to know who she can trust. I appreciate that she realizes that she cannot to do everything on her own and needs to be able to rely on others.
Vine Gate had a conclusion that is making me anxiously waiting for the next book in the series. I would love to see The Elements of Kamdaria turned into a television or movie series. It would be visually appealing. This book is suitable for young adults. I recommend it to people who enjoy magical fantasies. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.