Date Published: October 23, 2012
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I thought this book was the perfect ending to this series. If you haven’t already, you need to check out the first two books in this series, “Legacy” and “Allegiance”. This book just really opened up the world even more and allowed the reader to get more connected with the characters and their conflicts. I didn’t feel like I was cheated of any experiences the characters should have had, I believe the author did a great job tying up any loose ends and making the ending enjoyable to just about any audience. This was a moving and exquisite read. This will definitely be a series to reread in the future.
So you pick up right where you left in “Allegiance”. You see the old characters come back into action and start to continue this extensive plot. I found all the sub-plots and conflicts to be fitting for this book. This was definitely filled with a lot of suspense and action. Theories after theories were tested till the end where everything was revealed. I thought the ending of the book was one of the best things about this story because it ended in such a great and hopeful way. I loved the how the author created a sort of maze of a plot, where some of your theories led to a dead end while others darted forward forever chased by conflict. I love this world and sad to see it ending but I also think this world doesn’t need any more telling, all that happened was tied up and nothing was left unanswered. I think if we were to continue with this book it would only be extending the unavoidable and therefore the conclusion of this world was much needed. But overall I thought the plot was just as great as the first two and thought the ending was just perfect.
The romance was excellent in this book. I loved just about everything about it and the questions to the romance of the couples were definitely fulfilled by the end of this story. I loved that it was such a sweet and gooey kind of love but at the same time had some touch edges to it. It was almost like a truffle, with the hard chocolate on the outside and the gooey chocolate in the inside. So overall I enjoyed the romance in this book and didn’t think it detracted from my view of it in any way like some YA books have done in the past.
Loved the characters just as much in this book then in the first two books of this series. I found them to be just as comical, sweet, unpredictable and catty as we’ve seen them before. I even enjoyed some characters I had disliked in the first books, which I must say surprised even me. I just loved the introduction to a few minor characters, they seemed to fit into the world and story just right. Overall I enjoyed the characters and are sad to see them go.
Transformation of the Character:
The main character did finally complete the transformation that had started in the first book and it was so beautiful to see all the changes and new beginnings of her. As for the other characters they as well made some small transformation and I have to say they all turned out beautifully. So overall the transformations in this book were good and finally finished.
The description is one of the things I loved about the author. She has a knack of describing the simplest of things and turning them into these amazing objects. I love her writing of the landscape; I could literally picture each scene as I read through the pages. As for the battle scenes, I thought they were well thought-out and well described. Coming from an amateur writer, fight scenes is one of the hardest scenes to write due to the intense fast action happening. This author really seemed to be able to zero in on the action and describe it to her readers. As for the amount of description I didn’t think it was too much, I think it was the right amount for this story. So overall I loved this element of the book just as much as I loved it in the first two books.
This was written in multiple POV’s and in first person. I think this was best suited for this world because of all the sub-plots and detail to the world. The first person allows the reader to get familiar with the characters and feel more connected both to the character itself and the world around them. I love this author’s writing style, it’s like a delicate type of writing, something that not all writers can accomplish. It was definitely just as good in this book then the other two books previous to this one. So overall I very much enjoyed the style of this book.
Quote of the Book:
““I think you’re only a problem for those people who are trying to turn you into something you’re
“A lady?” I wryly suggested, regaining my sense of humor, I leaned back on the fence, certain he would agree.
“No,” he said “They need to stop trying to turn a free spirit into a traditional wife.””
This is not the time for the fight to end. Now is when the fight will begin. This is the time to regain what has been lost. Alera.
Queen of a fallen kingdom, secretly in love with the enemy.
Daughter of a murdered father, rebel with a cause.
One lives behind the former Hytanican palace walls and walks the razor's edge to keep the fragile peace in her beloved homeland. The other slips through the war-torn streets, seeking retribution for her family's tragedy, following whispers of insurgency.
Both face choices that will separate them from those they cannot help but love. As their stories intertwine, a conspiracy ignites that may end in slavery or death—or lead to freedom anew, if only each can face what must be sacrificed.
Loved almost everything about this book and found it to be an enjoyable read. I would recommend this to any YA reader or fans of the “Legacy” trilogy. Sad to see this trilogy end but glad on how it ended. This was definitely the end of one of my favorite trilogies. I look forward to reading any future books by this author, she has a knack of getting her characters to worm their way to my heart.