I’m honored to be an early reviewer for this BRILLIANT author’s newest AMAZING book in this OH SO AWESOME series.
With winter solstice fast approaching, Sora and her companions are running out of time. She must stop The Shade from awakening the Dark God, yet a powerful force has overtaken her Cat’s-Eye necklace, rendering the stone almost useless. To use the stone, Sora must learn to trust her instincts and embrace her own inner strength. She joins forces with unexpected allies, Lord Gracen Seabourne among them, to protect the City of Crowns. As the city dissolves into chaos, she finds herself barreling toward an epic battle that will decide the fate of mankind.
At risk to his own life, Crash returns to the Hive seeking aid against Cerastes. However, the events that led him into exile have not been forgotten. Will the Hive offer him redemption, or will they demand he pay the ultimate price for his transgressions?
Join Sora and Crash in their epic battle to save the City of Crowns!
I love these characters, I love this book, I love this series, and I love this author! I have so many feelings. SO MANY feelings. *deep breath* I will try to give you my thoughts in an intelligent manner. It may be difficult.
The plot and pacing:
This story is lean, which is my favorite kind of story. There’s not a single wasted word, the action moves quickly while still giving you the chance to breathe. The suspense and mystery are layered perfectly and I binge-read this in a day. For me, it was exactly the kind of story I love to read.
Sora is reaching the zenith of her coming-of-age story. Faced with gigantic life choices on top of the looming threat of world destruction. She comes face-to-face with life as a noblewoman versus life as an adventurer and that’s a scary decision. She continues to be a badass with a beautiful soul and I just love her to bits.
Crash is the other character I also love to bits. He is a badass, needless to say, but also full of so much emotional angst he’ll never admit to. I just read this and I can’t really explain beyond I LOVE HIM SO MUCH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH.
Krait and Caprion’s story has some major developments that I have been awaiting almost as much as Crora (as they are affectionately called by the fanbase). This story did not disappoint. There was heartbreak, there was redemption, as promised…it was beautiful.
Burn, our Wulven friend, continues to be one of my favorite characters. At this point, he’s more of a father figure to Sora than anyone else and I just want to hug him. He plays pivotal roles at multiple points and doesn’t get lost in the background, which can happen to characters when the cast broadens. But no.
Lori and Ferran continued to develop along their own arcs and I am so proud of them.
There is a lot of death in this book I wasn’t expecting. Minor spoiler: I was furious that Grandmaster Natrix got to live when so many others didn’t (even if she had surprised me as we got to know her). I was angry…and then I wasn’t. Not at all. I am the opposite of angry, but that’s a spoiler.
I am still madly in love with this series and I’m so glad the author’s back! It was totally worth the wait.
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About the Author
T. L. Shreffler is a noblewoman living in the sunny acres of San Fernando Valley, California. She enjoys frolicking through meadows, sipping iced tea, exploring the unknown reaches of her homeland and unearthing rare artifacts in thrift stores. She holds a Bachelors in Eloquence (English) and writes YA Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and poetry. She has previously been published in Eclipse: A Literary Anthology and The Northridge Review.