Book Review: Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

Title: Fire Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Rating: 3/5

Summary:  Yelena is a Soulfinder, meaning she can capture and release souls, and she makes people nervous because well, the last Soulfinder wasn’t a very nice person at all.  However, Yelena is at the mercy of the Council.  Yet, when is Yelena’s life simple,  there is a plot rising against her homeland by a murderous sorcerer that Yelena has already defeated before.  Ultimately Yelena will have one chance to prove herself and save the land she holds dear.

Review:  The third and final book in the Study series (not counting the subsequent short stories).  This book, in retrospect, did not really satisfy my hopes for this series.  So, my initial rating of five stars has now been dropped to three.  The first book in the series was by far my favorite, Magic Study was another that was good, but this one was just lacking somewhere, and there were parts that I felt myself skimming through (which is something I very rarely do).

The direction wasn’t what I was expecting, not that it is overall a bad thing, it is just something different than the tone that had been set previously in the other two books.  It frustrates me as a reader, but I do understand that the Author has their own vision of how they wish things to be and I respect that, in this case it just left me lacking.

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Book Review: Wilde’s Fire by Krystal Wade

Title: Wilde’s Fire
Author: Krystal Wade
Rating: 5/5

I would like to thank Curiosity Quills press for allowing me a copy of this book to review for free via netgalley.com.  It has been a pleasure.

Book Blurb: Katriona Wilde has never wondered what it would feel like to have everything she’s ever known and loved ripped away, but she is about to find out. When she inadvertently leads her sister and best friend through a portal into a world she’s dreamed of for six years, she finds herself faced with more than just the frightening creatures in front of her. Kate’s forced to accept a new truth: her entire life has been a lie, and those closest to her have betrayed her. What’s worse, she has no control over her new future, and it’s full of magic and horrors from which nightmares are made. Will Kate discover and learn to control who she really is in time to save the ones she loves, or will all be lost?

Review: Katriona “Kat” Wilde returns from her first year away at college, attending Virginia Tech.  It is Memorial Day weekend, and she, her sister and best friend Brad are going camping in the mountains just like they do every year.  However, there is a slight change in plans when her parents do not come.  This leads to the world as Kat, Brad and her sister Brit know it, shattering and splintering into something filled with sinister darkness.

Everything Kat has known turns out to be a lie, turns out to be tainted with the Darkness that has already destroyed all but a few thousand individuals in the world of Encardia.  Amongst the survivors are Flanna, her cousin Arland Maher (who Kat knows quite a bit of intimate detail of), and others who are under the leadership of Arland.

The Darkness, controlled by Dughbal, a fallen god, stripped of his immortality is consuming all in its path and Dughbal wants the magic, the ‘light’ within Katriona.  However, Kat is the center of a prophecy given by a powerful Seer before she was born, she is the one that Encardia is waiting for, the one that will shatter the darkness and bring the light back to a land cast in shadows.  She has been stripped of all she has, all she loves and now must forge her way along this path.  Will she truly be the one that brings light to Encardia?  What else will she lose along her journey? How many loved ones will she lose in the war against Dughbal and the darkness?

This book made me want to throw things.  Lots of things.  I barely managed to restrain myself from throwing my Kindle across the room when I got to the cliffhanger ending.  I am not normally a fan of cliffhangers, but this one has me eagerly waiting for more.  Krystal Wade has crafted a world of such depth and wonderment that I am sucked in entirely.  I want to know more of Encardia, I want to see the world thrive as it had before Kat’s birth, before the war and the darkness stole the sunlight.  I want to see the world that Arland remembers, and I want to see the world of Encardia after the darkness has been beaten, as the light returns to a world that had been thrown into perpetual shadow for longer than anyone can remember.

Thank you Mrs. Wade for gifting us with this fantastical world where there is magic and fairytale romance and struggles of love and friendship and family.  I look forward to the next installment of Darkness Falls.
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