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The Rowan's Destiny: An Urban Fantasy Reverse Harem Romance (The Killian Blade Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
The Rowan's destiny is to power the stone and save the magic of witches everywhere. Or is it?
While the past is a guide, its architects relied on visions and suppositions to draw the way forward. Arden must decide which path to follow—the one dictated by others, or the one designed by her.
From the ballroom to the battlefield, Arden and the Imperium Cadre discover an intricate web of deceit and a massive abuse of power. One woman’s need to manipulate the world has changed the course of history, and her continued reign threatens the foundations of tomorrow.
Past and present unite in fury to avenge itself against the Prime. Rulers are displaced, and seats of power change. Allies unite. Battle lines are drawn.
Arden and the cadre must strike hard and fast to eliminate the threat and find their destiny.
This is a why choose, reverse harem urban fantasy romance, with FMMMMM relationship. 18+ years of age due to mature content.
About the Author
- ASIN : B097NHHKCC
- Publisher : Stella Brie; 1st edition (September 15, 2021)
- Publication date : September 15, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1425 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 352 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,746 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I think this might have been my least favorite of the series, but since I loved all the books that doesn’t mean too much. Here are some of my complaints:
I wish we were able to get a satisfactory ending for Vargas, I feel like he was a thread left hanging, an unresolved plot line, a loose end. He’s gotta find a new body? How’s that going to work out? Where is he gonna get a body? How long is this going to take? Will his mate recognize him? I detest when authors do this to readers. It feels like a cheap ploy to get us to read their next series.
I don’t feel like the relationship between Fallon and Arden was very well done. First of all, there wasn’t a good resolution to the issue of him disappearing and ignoring her for the last half of the second book and the first half of this one. Arden just got tired of being mad. Fallon never even apologized, he just gave excuses. Also, they were supposed to be mates, but they didn’t have any sort of tangible mate bond, not like she had with Valerian. They just got a little tingly when they touched…?
There were a few other issues, specifically regarding the next Prime being the primal sources connected to the sanctuaries…that doesn’t particularly make sense. Especially since the primal sources connected to the sanctuaries don’t seem to strengthen the cadre, only the building itself. How is that going to help the masses? It won’t even help the cadres once they leave the property. This resolution won’t keep the balance between free will and obedience. It makes no sense. Needless to say, I was dissatisfied with that resolution as well. Also, the Primal Source threatens to be watching Arden…why? She’s not the prime, she doesn’t have the prime power…? She refused it and allocated it elsewhere. So why do they need to watch her? This was not well thought out.
Will Arden ever learn to use her elf magic? She ignores it 99% of the time and she’s as weak a baby elf. She doesn’t even show interest in learning. Elf magic lessons seemed to be a brief plot devise in an earlier book to give Arden time to bond with Fallon. Once he flaked it was never mentioned again.
What’s going to happen to the light elf kingdom? What about the old king? Is he alive or dead? Was there a new king chosen? Nobody knows. That was left unresolved as well. Another loose thread.
How about Arden’s dad and the whole dark elf king business? Is Arden a princess now? It was never mentioned. Is she now heir to the dark elf throne? Idk. Is she not ‘elf enough’ to be his heir? Does he need to have more kids? Will the magic choose his successor instead? We get no answers. #loosethreads
I think I was dissatisfied with a lot of the resolutions to the various storylines. There were too many loose ends that weren’t addressed. Several things didn’t seem well thought out or had holes in the reasoning.
I really enjoyed the entire series and was very excited to see what happened to Arden and the Cadre. There was so much action in this book and it was really well done, I felt like I was there watching it happen.
The relationships between Arden and the Cadre grew and it was great to see them all come together.
All the questions around Arden were answered but there was hints and some open things that makes me really excited for the next book and a new group of main characters.
I highly recommend this series and will definitely be reading it again.
Arden continued to be as strong, compassionate, vulnerable, and warrior-like as ever. She's just a great FMC in my opinion. The remaining cadre members solidify their feelings and connections with her, bonding the group further. The multi-POV continued to help with insight into each guy, which is necessary at times to get the complete story. Fallon is still not my favorite of the guys, but someone has to be at the bottom of that list I guess, and Theron is probably at the top for me. But this group together has purpose, power, and I felt the love when reading the characters.
There were times when I felt the pacing of the story lost a bit of momentum since, like I said above, there's a lot of ground to cover. I never felt like there was filler though. Sometimes the strategies and fighting were a bit convoluted because of how much was happening too. I loved how so many of the conflicts were resolved and how true to character Arden stayed. The resolution of the witches and particularly the Prime issue for example.
Ms. Brie has said that Meri will be getting a book (not sure if it'll be a series or a standalone) so that's a relief since there's a lot still to unpack. There are some other threads of the plot that may be addressed in future books also that I'm curious about (one that was esp emotional) but can't say because major spoilers. Hopefully we'll get hints of what Arden and her guys are up to but I know they'll be happy together. Overall, this has been a great series with lots of pieces coming together to form a whole, intricate picture.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is filled with content to keep you guessing what will happen next. The plot moves at a very fast pace and a lot happens to the characters. I gulped this book down in one sitting despite my gritty eyes at the end, because I couldn’t stop following what was happening with each new turn of the page.
Arden must find a way to achieve her destiny, whatever she chooses to make that. She has been given the guidance of visions of her deceased mother and other ancestors who set things into motion to provide her with a chance to make things right in the world of magic. The path she was forced to walk has taken her to a place where she can discover who her enemy is and do her best to defeat them. She also has to determine the best way to lead the witches into an age of acceptance of all magic users, no matter how much they hate the idea.
The path to winning her battles is not an easy one and not everything is smooth sailing in her relationships with the members of the Imperial Cadre. External pressures come to bear on their relationships and it may prove too much to accept for Arden when decisions are made for her without her knowledge or agreement.
This book is filled with passion, romance and the love of a family, made through choice. It’s not only the Cadre who are important to this sense of family but also those that raised Arden in the absence of her mother, and the other friends that she makes on her journey.
This author writes such rich and diverse characters they seem to step off the page into your heart and mind. They feel real and believable, as though you could bump into them in the street. The members of the Cadre all so different yet at heart they share the same passion for helping and protecting others weaker than themselves. They are flawed in such different ways and their personalities sometimes may be abrasive, but they are good people and adore Arden and the changes she has brought to their lives. I like how each relationship Arden has with the members of the Cadre is unique and separate from the others. Obviously there is some involvement because these men have been family to each other for nearly 1000 years, but they don’t but in too much and Arden doesn’t let them even if they wanted to. All of them, including Arden, have their own responsibilities separate from being part of the Imperium Cadre and these can take them away from home for days and weeks at a time. However, they are lucky that texting works across dimensions. Technology and magic in conjunction seem to do marvellous things!
There is so much unveiling of hidden truths in this book that it is difficult to keep up. It may be complex and fascinating, but the fabulous plot does not overwhelm the emotional content of this book. The characters and their emotions, their connections to each other are as important to the book as the troop manoeuvres, magic skills and political manipulation. It’s very difficult for an author to maintain that balance in a book of this nature and that this author has achieved such perfectly poised balance is a credit to her. It gives me high hopes for the rest of the series, that it’s not just the fabulous Arden that makes this series so readable but the entirety of the way she writes.
I’m sincerely looking forward to the next section of this series, because even though this section of the plot is resolved, this world is fascinating and the next main characters is just as intriguing as Arden is!
This series hooked me in fast and just kept reeling me along on one heck of a ride. With fantastic story building, and a rich and exciting world as it setting these books never slowed down.
They were so easy to read, and slip away into that i managed to read all 3 books in two days.
I Loved Arden, she was completly kick A**, complex, deep & funny. She was a the perfect FMC and the cadre of Valerian, Daire, Astor, Theron and Fallen, were well written, fierce and her perfect companions. There was just the right amount of heat and steam to their relationshsips without it taking over from the over-reaching story.
I loved this world and can't wait to see what happens next.