First, I want to thank J Taylor Publishing for providing me an early access of "Rise of the Magi". I am a huge fan of Jocelyn Adams writing and world building and can't wait to find out what she has up her sleeves next.
Rise of the Magi completely and absolutely wraps up the Lila Gray trilogy without leaving any lingering questions for readers to ponder for months or years to come. The world this story is set in, could be considered Dystopian in nature because humanity has faced severe challenges from the Fae and others and struggles to remain cohesive and viable on a daily basis persist.
The story of the Magi and the machinations they created in order to get to Lila and her awesome abilities that grew exponentially over this trilogy was surprising and revealing to say the least. There were so many different angles, situations, and dangers that all forced Lila into making difficult choices along the way while attempting to unite the Fae, Dark Elves, Witches, Mountain Trolls, Humans, and Selkies to fight for their very survival. There were also many tender moments between Lila and her Fae family and friends that it really choked me up at times.
I absolutely love Lila Gray. I love how determined she was and how she changed from when she was introduced in The Glass Man until now. I loved how she finally allowed herself to be loved and touched by the Fae that have come to follow her to the ends of the earth. If you haven't read this series yet, please feel free to start with The Glass Man and then Shadowborn. You won't be sorry you did. You will see a young woman who lost everything, including her mother, and then went on the run in an effort to survive under brutal conditions when she was all of Thirteen years of age. You will see a person who grows exponentially with determination, strength, and without giving up any of her morals in the process.
I loved Garett! Seriously, Lila and Liam Kane's child is really amazing and powerful in his own right and really shines at the point where things are gloomy and gray. I also loved Cas, Andrew, Brigh, Neve, Parthalan, and especially Gallagher who's Lila's advisor and telepath. There were others as well like James from the Canadian Mounties, and Laerini of the Dark Elves who opened Lila's eyes in Shadowborn and then stood by her side when the Magi became dangerously aggressive to the point of bring an end to the world.
I loved Lila and Liam's romance and the fact that Lila has come a long way in that she actually trusts Liam completely and without hesitation. If you've read this series, you know the couple has had a bumpy road from the point when they first met in The Glass Man to when they became a mated pair in Shadowborn and the creation of the Fae kingdom of Iress. However, with Liam alongside her to give strength, faith, and determination to not let anything happen to those she considers family, Lila becomes a much better queen and the leader of the Fae.
I am happy to say that not once did I feel that I was burdened into reading this trilogy. This trilogy is filled with mystery, suspense, danger, and romance. Definitely consider adding The Lila Grey Trilogy to your TBR pile. You won't be disappointed!
Title - Rise of the Magi (Lila Gray # 3)
Author - Jocelyn Adams
Publisher - J. Taylor Publishing
Releases - June 4, 2013
Genre - Paranormal Romance
Received ARC directly from J. Taylor Publising
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