Valac has stolen two of the sacred objects. In a bid to rule all four courts, he has threatened to use Excalibur to cut the mist that protects Avalon—ultimately ending the lives of thousands of elementals. As the Akasha, Kalin has the power to stop him. And she refuses to lose anyone else she loves.
Will she have to sacrifice herself to save them?
Desperate to save Kalin’s life, Rowan searches for the long-lost creator of the mist. But what he finds is the very last thing he expected. Everything he thought he knew about his past is turned upside down, and he questions whether he’s meant to be the savior or the elemental that destroys them all.
Told from Kalin, Rowan, and Marcus’s perspective, the final installment to the series follows their journey of courage, duty, sacrifice, and love.
This book was sent to me in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.
This was an action packed conclusion to a series that I fell in love with during book 1. That love continued on with books 2-3 and rests now with book 4.
All of the characters that I loved played a pivotal role in the taking down of the antagonists, but there are even some surprise characters that impress me along the way. Marcus, my favorite character, even gets his time to shine throughout the book and I think that O’Neale knew how loved Marcus was by the readers, so it only makes sense that she gives him some spotlight time!
As the book begins, the reader will see that there are no bars held and we get right into the meat of the story. It’s go time. Gloves off. No more time for story building. It’s time to end what books 1-3 set up. And I think that the tone book 4 sets from the very beginning is a good and solid one. I went into the story knowing exactly what I would be getting.
Now I will say that, if there is ONE critique I can give this book — it’s that it’s TOO fast. There were some times that I felt a bit rushed and I think things could have been slowed down. Just a bit. The action scenes were spot on, but there were a lot of character moments that I felt were rushed in favor of getting to the big climax. And I felt a little slighted because of that. I wanted to know more about certain characters during certain scenes and just when I thought I was going to get it, I was taken to another part of the story. It was a tad bit unsatisfying.
I obviously got over that because as the story continued I found myself appreciating the fact that O’Neale cut out a lot of the fluff and got down to business and really explaining a lot of the context that was presented by Valac and what he was trying to do through the plot. I enjoy the redemption that I felt some of the characters got. I also appreciate the shattering of the assumed notion that everyone will “be okay”.
No one is safe throughout this book and I found myself getting nervous from time to time. And there is a moment within this book that hurt by heart a bit. In the best and worst way. And it again proves why I trust O’Neale with storytelling. It’s why I trust her to give me a good story. Because I can see that every decision made within the pages of this book was intentional. And I appreciated it. A great deal.
Overall, I am satisfied with the conclusion to this series. I think everything was handled as best as it could have been, with the exception of my ONE critique, and I think that readers will be satisfied with what this book has to offer!
About Stacey O’Neale
Award-winning author, Stacey O’Neale, lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult fantasy and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.
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