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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.
This is the third book in the Killian Blade series and the end to Arden’s story.
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.
I re-read books 1 and 2 before beginning The Rowan's Destiny and I do recommend it for readers like me, who read them closer to their release. This series has such detailed world building and connections between the characters, places, and events that it's both amazing and sometimes you need a refresher. For this final book, we get to see Arden finally fulfill her destiny with the support of her family (found and blood) by her side. There are a lot of moving pieces, strategies, and fights between the start of the book til the end, because the final showdown with the various enemies was never going to be simple. New allies pop up (one in particular made me smile a lot) and enemies are finally revealed. No worries though, even with all the challenges and battle prep, we get lots of emotional and steamy moments between Arden and her guys.
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.
Omg, what kind of ending was that! So everything is tied up in this book series with the rowan, enemies are finally found, war, new allies, family found, and a new witch coven. All around the book was crammed to the breaking point of everything that needed to be said and done and it was one hell of a rollercoaster ride. My only issue is that it was a bit cheesy with the tears and smushy stuff I felt we really didn't need. I'm sad to see the ending end the way it did. I really wanted a HEA, but with Vargas not back, it just didn't seem like one. I'm not sure if we are getting spin offs from this, but I'm hoping for some.
You got me intrigued with the first book. I wanted to know and understand your heroine and these men more. It's why I got the second in the series. But it takes more than this to get me to follow. When you have a story to tell, a romance story, that includes intrigue, drama, suspense and you find yourself skimming over the sex scenes to get back into storyline, you know it's a awesome story and you're gonna go on an emotional rollercoaster ride. That! That right there tells me to follow and look for more from this author. I will be honest and say I should have gone back and read the first two to catch up and make the story more seamless to me. I guess that's why I didn't feel her bonds as much as I wanted too. I felt like she became a member of the Cadre more than a mate bond. I did love the story and do recommend highly.
I really loved this whole series, you have a strong heroine who is well-rounded and finding her way after being hidden away from the world for 300yrs. Then a reverse harem of strong different sexy warriors, all working through their own personal complicated lives for the greater good in the hopes to make the world a better place. The whole series built up to a great finish. You’ve got series with hope, love, heartbreak, drama big and small and a story that will leave you reading up late for the next turn of the page. The story line of romance from fizzle—sizzle—smoldering—dragon fire is a sizzle-smolder; romantic scenes are present involving some description and this doesn’t involve sex every few pages because there’s actually a story line.
I loved this world and characters. It was a story that pulled you in from the start and stayed consistent through the three books. Arden was a kick butt woman but she could be soft and vulnerable. The side characters were also interesting but didn’t overshadow the main characters. They were a very nice compliment. My only criticism is that the ending isn’t very satisfying. I would have liked to have seen more resolution with Arden and her dad, her Elven powers, or even how things go with the witches. While the main plot was resolved, all the little things were just dropped.
Hopefully we see more of these characters in Meri’s story.
What a conclusion to a great series. Fierce and bad@$$ FMC ✅ Five delicious alpha males ✅ 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Rollercoaster of emotions ✅ Can’t get enough of it!! I’m just sad it’s over for Arden and her men, but so much potential for Meri, Solandis, and Lucifer and his second in command.
I enjoyed this series a lot. It was a satisfactory ending to a story that had lots and lots of threads. All of those threads got tied up nicely but there's definitely room for more in this universe if the author chooses to continue it. I would definitely check out a story about Meri. Overall I was very impressed with the series, especially considering it looks like this is a newer author. I'll be adding her to my watch list so I can check out anything else she writes in the future.