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3/5 Stars I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ***** SPOILERS***** After finishing the second book in this series, Red, I began this book with lower expectations. Despite my low expectation, I did thoroughly enjoy this book. Though war was a solid conclusion to the series, I felt like there could have been so much more that was expanded on to make this book even better such as the world building and the character development. As for the world building, we are told that there are vast differences between the kingdoms but are hardly shown them. I felt like that visual aspect was something that was lacking in the series overall, and is something would have loved to see in this fantasy series. As for the character development, the characters, by the end of the book, did not change very much, if any over the series. I would have loved to see more character development for the main cast of characters – but especially Rema and Darmik. Darmik went through extensive character development in the first book, learning to step aside from his father and brother’s unethical reign and take a stand for what he believes in, defying all he grew up believing. In the second and third books, however, he is belittled to a mere love interest, whose only goals and desires are to protect and love Rema. Because he was a prince and had control over his father’s armies, he could have had weight in persuading others to support the rebels and Rema, as well as helping to over throw his father and advance things politically, and I was disappointed that he did not fulfill any other roles, making his character seem somewhat one dimensional. Because Rema began to become a more complex character in Red, training both physically and mentally for the upcoming challenges, I expected her to stray away from her naïve mindset and become more queenly and prepared to rule. However, she did not change in that aspect and it made me question her ability to rule. For example, when she was on the ship with the assassin and finally had the opportunity to ask an important question, she is quickly distracted by the sight of dolphins and forgets the question. As for Savenek, I was never a fan of the love triangle between him, Rema, and Darmik since the second book, and his fate really solidified my dislike of the love triangle in this novel. I feel like his storyline could have been so much more powerful if he and Rema overcame their differences and became strictly friends, which would also further develop their characters. Instead, when he died, as a reader I felt a sort of indifference towards him. Despite my issues with this book, I did enjoy the book overall. I loved how fun and fast paced it was, and how it was a solid conclusion to the series.
I waited after reading all three books before leaving a review. Started out good, but then became too predictable and unrealistic. I must say I felt sorry for Savenek. It seems he was only in the book for flattery and to fill in some pages. It didn't take long to notice that a lot of the story seemed to work around the benefit of main protagonist Rema. The first book was good and good for the price; free! Rema's free spirited persona reeled me in right away. But the first clue of things working towards her benefit happened in book 1, only I didn't realize it because it was the first of many to come. Long story short; book 2, 3 are definitely not worth the price, I was annoyed with how things started to play out, I can't say more otherwise it'd be a major spoil alert. Would I recommend these books? Unfortunately no, I regretted paying the price I did,
Despite it being a good end to this trilogy, some of the character development was a bit irritating at times. I realize that Rema stepped into a sovereign position, but the original spunky, witty and rambunctious girl just ended up overly diplomatic and too intense. I understand it to some degree but the read became a little tedious.
I won't describe the story as I am sure others have already done it better than I could. I wasn't really impressed by this book as I found it rather simplistic & naive compared to books by Diana Gabaldon etc which have more substance & are more believable. A more experienced editor would have helped I think, even so, making eyes at each other while in the midst of fighting a war is just ridiculous!
Book is quite well written but seems like everything is tied together to fit a happily ever after. Was looking for details, finer details in the development of events. Everything just seemed to be too contrived/kings dethroned too easily. Feels like this book do not deserve its amazon price. The price is too expensive for the quality it offers.