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WOW!!! (cue jaw dropping). This series keeps getting better and better. I honestly love Sage. Her resourcefulness, resilience and strength to fight. The pace of the story flows well, keeps you engaged, detailed when needed and eager to learn what happens. Highly recommend both book #3 and this series as a whole. Well done.
WOW! I love this series! Sage! I love a strong heroine! This story was quite hard for her but she is a Brave Warrior! LOVE LOVE LOVE! I cant wait for the next one in the series! Keep up the Awesomeness Frost Kay!
I love it when you can get into a story and have really enjoyed getting to know the characters. An easy read, which I found difficult to put down. Only complaint, I now have to wait again for the next book! Keep them coming.
This book is the most brutal. The Scythian warlord is crazy and deranged and you want to tell and scream at the Injustice of her being tortured again . It was very hard for me to read. The ending was great but man this book was darker then the first 2. Great book tho and you must read to the end.
The H and h literally only reunited at about 80% into the book and only physically touched 99% into the book. This is UNACCEPTABLE! How am I supposed to connect with the couple if they hardly interact? However, I did love when Sage would hallucinate Tehl. That was super cute... those little glimpses of imagined interactions gave me hope that the couple Will have potential in the future. Can we finally have a love story though... some romance and passion between Sage and Tehl. I'm rooting for them. Honestly, Tehl is the only reason I will continue to read this series. I'm just wondering how he's going to mend a woman who has been through so much trauma and suffering in the hands of men. Sage is kinda annoying in the beginning but she grew on me towards the end. The villain Zane was kinda annoying...I hated him so much, but I guess that was the point. I just find it unrealistic that a man like that did not rape his victim. Despite the little things that annoyed me about the book, I came to enjoy it. It's just annoying how practically EVERY man finds Sage attractive, amazing and magical. The special snowflake thing was VERY annoying. No single woman can be so attractive. I'm still going to continue the series through... If only to see TEHL get his happily ever after.
"He'd always been the hero, albeit an awkward one." Hands down, best line of the book. So this is a book that is VERY difficult to review without spoilers, but I will try. I debated a lot between 4 and 5 stars because there isn't much here I could call a con, but personal preference puts this closer to a 4.5 for reasons that are, well, Spoilers.
Overall, what made this book as good as the two before it for me was Frost's ability to get you to connect with her characters on an emotional level. When you care about them, about what's happening to them, when you feel every tiny nuance in their emotions like they're you're own, there really is no substitute for that. Throw in some awesome world building and an intricate plot, and you've sold me. I will now attempt to organize this review into something resembling coherence.
THE PACING/PLOT: Is very similar to the first two books. Sometimes slower than we might want in a society of immediacy, but ultimately allowing for a more realistic and poignant character and relationship development. As the MCs grieve and want and hope and pontificate and suffer, you have time to do the same, whether you want it or not.
THE CHARACTERS: The addition of new characters that were actually unique and interesting and pertinent to the story here combined with revisiting our favorite familiars and each character developing in a way that was realistic and reactive was also true to form. BEST NEW CHARACTER goes to Nali, one hundred percent. Sadly, I did not connect with Jas as much as I was hoping to, but I have a fan theory I'm about 90% sure on what her upcoming role will be, so she's all right.
THE RELATIONSHIPS: This one is especially tricky. No spoilers, but I was extremely impressed with how the main relationship progressed despite limited actual interactions. Impressed, sometimes devastated, but always fully invested. Some side familial relationships that came into play were equally touching, and of course, there was one big, fat, unignorable relationship that was equal parts fascinating and disturbing and rarely failed to make my skin crawl.
THE WORLD BUILDING/HISTORY: Was a massively important part of this story, but doled out in such a way that it neither alienated nor bored the reader.
Overall, this was an outstanding installment that will leave you hopelessly, desperately waiting for the next one, as I am.
I don't know what I expected from this book based on where the last one ended, but I could have never predicted this.
Just when you think Sage has suffered all the ways a person could possibly be broken, Frost throws more at her. I'd say this novel deserves another trigger warning as it has Sage dealing with her worst nightmare of being captured by the man who tortured her and taken to the Scythians. It isn't pleasant.
This book has less physical action and a lot of psychological actions/drama. The war isn't with weapons, its with words. I really don't want to say too much as a I feel with psychological novels you need to go in blind. Frost does a great job of making you see things from Sage's POV to the point it impacts how you perceive what is happening.
I will say we get to see more of some previously mentioned female characters. I loved their development and I adore that Frost gives female friends and family as much weight and importance as romance.
You may be asking, wait what about Tehl? Or Sam? Or Rafe? Well that's the reason for four stars instead of five. This was incredibly well written, don't get me wrong. The men have their place, but its smaller and mostly searching, worrying, plotting and waiting for the right time. I don't see how Frost could have done it differently, but it left me missing them. Sage's kidnapping does give both Tehl and Sage (and Rafe) a chance to step back and evaluate their situations and feelings and come to some conclusions. Those conclusions along with what happens in this book have me really excited for book 4.