Author: Kelly Walker
Published: May 31, 2013
Blurb from Goodreads:Unable to avoid her destiny any longer, Emariya has become the leader her mother always envisioned. Before she can focus on embracing her gifts to unify her three lands, she must first stop her own land from dissolving into civil war. Spurred by her brother’s devious policies and thirst for power, the people of the Uplands have surged into revolt. If Emariya cannot convince her own people to stand down and follow her, she will never convince her uncle she can lead all three lands. And he’s only given her half a year to do it.
As she tries to win her own people’s hearts, the love of her life, Torian Ahlen begins to lose his mind. While Torian is driven into a dark depression by his visions of Terin, Emariya realizes the only way to bring him back from the brink is to confront her brother once and for all and rescue Torian's sister. Unfortunately, because of the pull of the stones, his sister isn’t sure she wants to be rescued.
If Emariya is to have any chance at saving Torian’s mind and his sister’s virtue, she will have to go directly to the source, those that bestowed the gifts (or curse) in the first place. But will whoever is waiting at The Cradle Of The Three be willing to help her? Her only chance to get Terin away from Reeve will be to nullify the pull of the Stones, accepting whatever changes that may mean for her and Torian.
Review: *** I would like to thank Kelly Walker who provided me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review***
Okay so I fell in love with this series a few months ago and I am really sad to see it come to an end, but I don't think there could have been a better way to tie up the series.This finale was filled with loss, intense action, betrayal, forgiveness, love, friendship and family bonds. It was definitely the edge of your seat read that had me flipping pages at lightning speed... well I wasn't actually flipping them but still.
This book definitely takes a different approach to fantasy and it's really different from your typical fantasy novels, which is my main reason for liking this book so much. Riya's world is magical and Kelly Walker does an amazing job describing it.And I mentioned this for the previous books but I'll say it again... few authors can pull off the whole third point person of view without making it awkward for the reader. Luckily Kelly Walker is one of the few.
While I liked Riya in the previous books, I LOVED her her. She became so much more reasonable, selfless, mature and intelligent. She forgave the people who deserved it and she became a better person. She made such hard choices but she was never really selfish making them. Riya came a long way since the first book.
Torian oh Torian, he was perfect as always. He was still the gentleman but there was playfulness to him as well as the whole alpha vibe. Just like Riya he developed a lot as a character and he was in every way her match. They are perfect for each other.
The plot as I said before is involved and intense and every moment of it is amazing.
I give this finale