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It's time for war. In the previous novel, Kate built an army to go to war with a god and it's go time. Kate knows the battle will be hard and lives will be lost, but it must happen for Encardia to have light and happiness. Can she do what she was destined to or will she fail and doom her people.
I've been relatively nice in the reviews for the previous books in this series. None of them are bad, but they aren't particularly good either. That ends here. I found this novel to be boring and just plain annoying. Had I not gotten an audio copy, I would have never made it threw this. I found myself listening at every possible moment not because I needed more of the story, but because I needed it to be over. I needed to be done with this and mark it off my list.
Kate is just as bad here as she is in the previous novels. I found her to be just plain annoying and I was wholly ambivalent to her situation. Had she died, I probably wouldn't have cared. That, my friends, is saying something. We all know I hate character death. We all know that is one of my biggest pet peeves. If I can't bring myself to care if the lead character lives or dies, we have a problem, a big fucking problem. But I didn't care. I'm so sick of the special little snowflakes and their destinies. Plus, she's as dense as a box of rocks. She doesn't realize obvious things and her minor screw ups just had me rolling my eyes, instead of sympathizing with her, as I'm sure was the author's intent.
Then we have Arland, Kate's perfect love. That's just what he is, perfect.
He is too damn perfect. He's a goodie too shoes who always says the right thing and does the right thing and I just wanted to punch him. The man needs some flaws to bring him down to Earth and he just doesn't have any. He's a damned robot and I hated him.
Even though I didn't care about most of the cast, I found the fact that almost everyone dies incredibly irritating. If you like any particular character besides Kate and Arland, don't hold high hopes for their survival because there is a lot of death and "sacrificing." Kate isn't worth all this. One of my big issues with this series is that once Kate gets control of her powers, all she has to do is ask her magical god for help in fighting or protecting or healing or whatever she needs and he complies. He sends a bunch of magical sprites to help. This guys do everything from heal mortal wounds to terminate bad guys to lighting the way. Once you learn that, WHY THE FUCK DO YOU CONTINUE FIGHTING?
Why do you do anything except that? Get in the middle of the battle, ask for help, BAM. You win. Oh? The process drains her? Give the bitch a sandwich, let her take a nap, and then proceed to the next damn battle! I had big issues with that. That is an insta-win for the battles.
Basically this novel annoyed the hell out of me and I'm glad it's over. I can't say I'll be recommending this series to anyone. The first two are mediocre and this conclusion wasn't particularly satisfying. Maybe you'll like it more than I did, but I doubt it.
****Thank you to Curiosity Quills Press for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****