Author: Karen Brooks
Publication: Random House
Source: Kindly sent to me by Random House Australia
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A breath-taking and intoxicating finale in the Curse of the Bond Riders trilogy. Tallow flees, struggling to be accepted in a society she was never fit for, looking for her people- the Estrattore in the brink of war. Enemies hunt for her destruction knowing her place within the prophecy; she is betrayed, sought after and used. She has a choice but will the sacrifice be too much? And will she risk everything including the man she loves?
The elegantly written and beautifully descriptive prose really was at the forefront of this novel. The words and paragraphs eloquently blended together to form rich descriptions of sceneries that were beyond comprehension yet were formed so vividly in my mind. Intertwined within these luscious descriptions were historical facts dating back hundreds of years placed so inauspiciously that they to blended within the words and were extremely interesting to read about. I also loved how Brooks used many words deriving from the language that was spoken in her dialogue. The dialogue itself flowed from one sentence to another and was extremely intriguing and so was the excellent world building. I also loved the structural hierarchy of power from the Doge to the Council of Ten to the nobles and finally to the peasants. The constant hunger for power and money mixed with political intrigue against a backdrop of the beautiful city of Serenissima in Venice was very interesting and always gave that feel of tension and suspense.
The ending was unexpected yet seemed right at the same time. The way Brooks writes really demonstrates that she's a natural born story-teller. It's sad knowing this is the last book of a trilogy having read each book over the years and eagerly anticipating the next but I extremely encourage anyone to read the series, you won't be disappointed and I assure you that you will be captured and enthralled in the beautiful writing.
A Favorite Quote from the Novel:
"Light can destroy dark, and dark can destroy light, but if they co-exist, can we not find harmony?"