I am so excited to be a part of another blog tour for Raine Thomas! I literally jumped up and down when the wonderful author, herself, contacted me to be a part of it! I have super enjoyed this entire series.
Review of Elder (book 3):
The first book centered on Tate, and the second book was more about Sophia. This third one is mostly about Clara Kate (CK). I was so excited to learn more about this character, because she always sounded so amazing before. She has a lot of Tate’s bravery, but also a lot of Sophia’s intelligence. Any way, her sad love story was always so interesting to me, so I was more than ready to be able to delve into her story!
When CK was in the human realm, she fell in love with Ini-herit (also known as Harry), but when the two returned home, Ini-herit couldn’t remember being in love. He’s actually known for not having/showing much of any emotion at all. And poor CK can barely be in the same room with him. Unfortunately for her though, it seems she is connected to him all the time, along with the rest of the crew of eight destined to find the scroll pieces.
For another Estilorian to become an Elder, all three scroll pieces need to be found. CK, Ini-herit, Tate, Sophia, Tiege, Quincy, Ariana, and Zacharias are all in a race to find the last scroll piece before the wrong Estilorians do. No one wants the scroll to get into the wrong hands, particularly into the hands of those who have murdered, tortured, and attacked loved characters from previous books.
Unlike the last book that began in safety, this book begins right in the middle of a capture! Poor Tate and Ariana are actually in a cage in the beginning! Between the escapes, rescue scenes, flying, fighting, and mind-reading, there really was never a dull moment here! This book also still has all of the wonderful charm, romance, and world building of the first two books! And add to that a wonderful masquerade scene, a scary fall from an insane height, a surprise pregnancy, more avowals, more ceremonies, and more politics, and frankly what’s not to love?
The characters never have it easy. They seem to only escape one capture to be forced into another one. But just as so much hardship is faced, so is a lot of new, positive discoveries about elders, memories, and love. I won’t say if Ini-herit gets his memories back, but I will say there is a whole ton of romantic tension between him and CK.
All of the characters are again pushed to their limits to do what they need to do to protect their loved ones. I loved watching everyone’s reactions to Zacharias change. I loved the sizzling romance between all the couples too! I loved all the scenes about CK in the human realm. The ending scene with the scroll, the elders, and the final decision, pretty much had me biting my nails in anticipation! Everything tied together so nicely in this final installment. And I really felt like the majority of my questions about Estilorians were answered, particularly my ones about the Mercesti and the Elders.
The ending might have been a little too perfect. The bad people got what was coming to them. The good people got what they deserved. And everyone had to work together to accomplish the ultimate ending. It was a little too fairy-tale ending for me. And don’t get me wrong. I’d probably be mad if things ended poorly for my favorite characters. It’s just that these books are filled with some torment, torture, and death, and I thought the fairy tale ending was a little too happy to be believable enough.
Overall though, I’m so pleased to get so many answers! I love how everything tied together. I loved the romance, the characters, the setting, and the action! I couldn’t get enough of CK and Ini-herit. And the book maintained all of it’s humor and charm from before. The ending might have been a little too good to be believable; however, deep down, I’m glad that everything ended the way it did. I give it a 9/10.
About Raine Thomas:
Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.
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