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Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2021
4 stars *I think*
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.