[Review] Truth of Embers

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Title: Truth of Embers

Series: Dragonsworn #3

Author: Caitlyn McFarland

Genre: Fantasy

Published: December 14, 2015

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley.

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads


Months after bonding with Rhys, Kai is finding her place among the Wingless—humans who have heartsworn to dragons. Determined to help her new people, she's delving deep into her magical training and is the first Wingless to ride into battle with her dragon mate.

Going against customs as ancient as dragons, Rhys is forming his own vision for dragonkind. But the Council have plans of their own that don't include a Wingless queen. Meanwhile, the war with Owain is finally here and the fight for control of dragonkind could destroy everything—including humanity itself.

When unbreakable bonds are torn asunder, Kai and Rhys will learn exactly how deep their love goes. The battle has begun, and no matter what happens, this one will be the last. If they can't come together, their lives are forfeit—as well as every other life they hold dear.
Pssst. Spoiler alert!

I cannot believe the trilogy is over.

It seems like not long ago, I was given a copy of Soul of Smoke to review -- seems like not long ago that I fell in love with the story and its characters, and now I'm here, having just finished the end of a wonderful trilogy.

Truth of Embers truly did not disappoint with its action-packed story, building up to an epic battle between Owain's forces and the others. Ms. McFarland knows full well how to keep her readers reading and completely engaged and committed to the story. From the moment I picked up this book, to the moment I put it down, the final sentence read, I was hooked.

The complete character development coming from all characters was amazingly well done, causing me to root for more than one character, hoping they would all get their happy endings. The tension remained high from the beginning to the end, making it hard to put my Kindle down for even a second.

Out of the whole book, I only have one con that I found:

When Deryn died, it all, to me, happened way too fast to make a true impact. I wanted to cry... I should have because she was a really great character who held a very important role in the story. In fact, I felt the urge to cry; so close, yet so far. The scene should have been a bit more detailed or dragged out or whatever, but because it happened so fast, the emotion didn't build enough to make an impact on me.

All in all, the trilogy itself along with this specific story was absolutely astounding. In fact, the trilogy is in competition with the few books in my favorite series list. The author stole my heart with her characters, her story, the love between Rhys and Kai, and so much more. It's hard to make me feel like characters were a part of my life, like my long-distance friends, but Ms. McFarland most definitely succeeded in doing so. I just hope at some point, I will be able to buy the physical copies of these books so that they have a place on my bookshelf. I also hope that though the trilogy is over, there is another story for Rhys and Kai, and that their story continues where it left off, so that I can see them through their future ordeals in hopes they finally get their happily ever after.

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