Dark Forces Have Gathered and the Final Battle for Illustra Has Begun.
Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, they’ve been branded enemies of the kingdom.
In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and he intends to marry Adora to bring an heir from the royal line. With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war–and threatened by hostile forces gathering on every side.
A dangerous mission to free Errol is attempted, but the dangers facing the kingdom mount with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferrals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw ever closer. Will the discovery of the true heir turn back the tide of Illustra’s destruction?
I guess I just hate endings. It’s difficult for an author to make it a good one, right? So without any spoilers, I’d just like to say that the denouement for this one was a bit confusing and took too long to interpret for me. I would have liked to see things made clearer. That said, the rest of the book was gripping – epic – but a little all over the place. Literally, the characters were spread out all over Illustra. Adora captured my heart and became worthy of Errol. But Liam was still just a superficial figurehead most of the time. And the fulfillment of the prophecy was confusing and left me with too many questions. Overall though, I enjoyed the ride through all three books. 4 Stars.
*In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my review.*
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.
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