Dec 13, 2016
Author: Maria Snyder
Publisher: Mira Ink
Format: eBookPublication Date: January 26, 2016
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.
Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek…secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realize it’s far more sinister that they could have ever imagined.
Maria Snyder always writes engaging and interesting stories, whether those stories are unique is a whole different matter. I like Yelena and Valek, they are some of my favorite characters, but I am having a hard time understanding what the point of this 3 book trilogy is. They’ve faced this set of villains before, and it feels like everything that I thought I understood about these characters and this world is just getting overturned, and not in a good way.
I enjoyed the book, Snyder has a fantastic writing presence, and I’m convinced she could make anything readable. That isn’t my frustration with this series, I’m wondering what the point is. In a way it feels like this is a desperate cash grab because fans are so in love with these characters that we will shell out $10 just to see what’s happening. I don’t mind revisiting characters, but if you’re going to do that then you better have a darn good reason for it.
Onto more about the book itself. The big surprise at the end of the last book, turns out to actually be the big surprise. So yay! Except that all it does is introduce all the reasons that Yelena needs to be protected. And honestly with her powers not functioning, Yelena doesn’t need ANOTHER reason to be totally helpless. And of course she runs headlong into danger which as a mother, just makes me want strangle her. I understand her reasons, but there are other people who can take care of that. At this point she has no powers, which means that she’s kind of useless. And it is her rushing headlong into danger that kind of brings everything to a head.
Now from reading this you might think that I hated this book, but I did enjoy it. It’s just those are deep seated issues for me. I did enjoy the fact that we get more scenes from Valek’s viewpoint. That was something that was sorely lacking in previous installments, and is nice to see here. Also Snyder’s descriptive writing is as good as it’s ever been, and despite hesitations I did get drawn into the story. Overall I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars, and I will definitely be picking up the next one and finishing out the series.
3/5 – Worth Reading
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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“Sneaks, spies, defenders, heroes, masterminds, tenacious bastards – it doesn’t matter what you call us. We’re the ones who will do whatever it takes to stop those who believe they’re entitled to wealth and power at the expense of others.”
“The family business,” Yelena said, smiling.”
― Maria V. Snyder
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