First Lines: I lean against the dusty Elementiary shelf crammed with books and jars of animal bits, and stare at my father’s letter. His nearly indecipherable scratch strikes me with swift disappointment.
I’ve read this entire series in a year, which is kind of unheard of (partly because we’re always waiting for the next book for a year or more!), but I was happy to find this at the library and knock another series off my list. Though I was a little nervous that our main character from the last two books wasn’t going to be a narrator this time around.
For twenty years, women with magical powers calls Channelers have been persecuted and killed in Malam for their abilities. King Aodren is desperate to change that. The persecution was wrong when it started in his infancy and it’s wrong now. The only problem is that 20 years of prejudice aren’t easy to erase overnight. Rumors of a deadly Channeler-made substance are only fanning the flame of hatred. Lirra, a wind Channeler and the daughter of the most hated man in Malam, has every reason to distrust King Aodren when he asks for her help. But she can’t help but wonder what’s going on herself. Who is making this substance? Could they possibly know how dangerous it is? With Lirra’s help, Aodren sees a way to end the prejudice and begin a new world in Malam. But his enemies are powerful and it only takes one mistake to topple a kingdom…
Hmm. This was not my favorite book in this series, something I worried about when I saw Britta’s story line ended with the previous book.
In this book, our main characters are Aodren and Lirra, two characters we met previously. Both of them are great characters and I’m not knocking them in the least. I like Aodren’s personality a lot, especially his drive to make up for his mistakes and make his country a better place, no matter how difficult that job is. And Lirra’s determination and skill set as a spy made her interesting to read about as well.
My problem more stemmed from the plot, which felt very simplistic. It’s basically a mystery the whole time and yeah, there’s a subplot about this kingdom summit that happens once every five years and all that, but the crux was the mystery. And I don’t know, the mystery was fine and everything but since it was basically the whole focus of the story, I eventually kind of got tired of it.
That’s not to say the story’s bad by any means. Some of the things that happened to Lirra and Aodren were suspenseful and interesting and I didn’t want to put the book down. But when I look at the bigger picture here, my impressions overall, I was just a little underwhelmed by it all.
Still, I won’t say I’m mad that I got to see these characters again. Aodren became my favorite with book 2 and I don’t hate that I got to see his story get a better resolution. Also, this book was a fast read and I’m not mad about that either. I just wish there was a little more happening in the plot.