Thursday, October 6, 2016

#Thursday Review - Fall of Thrones and Thorns by Jennifer Ellision #YALit #Fantasy

Series: Threats of Sky & Sea #3
Format: Kindle, 234 pages
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Jennifer Ellision
Source: NetGalley
Genre: YA, Fantasy

War hurtles in, a typhoon over the sea.

After Bree’s life was torn apart, Nereidium had represented a haven to her. A place that—if she could save it—was beyond the King’s reach.

And, at last, she’s arrived upon its shores. But things in Nereidium are not what they should be.

The land is plagued by a rash of mysterious earthquakes, the likes of which it’s never known. The governors are distracted by old traditions, while Bree and her friends grapple with changing identities and the sense that the longer they wait to take action… the greater the danger from Egria grows.

Bree is tired of living under the shadow of King Langdon’s power. And she’s tired of waiting for him to be the first to act.

In this final chapter of the Threats of Sky and Sea series, it all comes down to Nereidium or Egria. To Bree or the King. It’s kill… or be killed.

And not everyone will escape the battle unscathed.

Fall of Thrones and Thorns is the third and final installment in author Jennifer Ellision's Threats of Sea & Sky Trilogy. The story alternatives between Bree, Aleta, and Prince Caden which gives it more depth by not sticking to just one or two characters. When last we left Bree and her allies Aleta, Caden, Meddie, Elena, Liam, Lilia, and Tregle at the end of Riot of Storm and Smoke, Bree's secret had been revealed and it caused all sorts of shocking reactions to everyone involved. 

Bree, not Aleta, is the real Princess and heir to the crown of Nereidium. Bree now has to deal with the fallout of deceiving her friends for so long, while also learning how to be the Queen of Nereidium.  It is a story that shows how much secrets can really harm those who are supposed to be your friends and allies and forces one character, Aleta, into looking at her own life more closely to see what exactly she is supposed to do mow that she's not the destined Princess.

To be fair and honest, most of the first part of this book is about the characters recovering over the fallout of Bree being the real Queen and thus having to learn how a monarch is expected to rule over her people who are having major problems with earthquakes. She has to learn the job from her Aunt Helen who has been the Regent of the country ever since Bree's parents were killed. She has to hope that her friends will forgive her for her misleading them for so long so that they can focus on defeating King Langdon.

There's not a whole lot of romance in this story, but I was happy to see Aleta making the right choices with Tregle who has been with her since the beginning of this series. I am curious as to the reasoning behind the Epilogue, but since it really didn't have a heavy impact on the story itself, I shall let it slide. Open ending stories leave me with a headache. I want more of a solid closing to a series than what we are left with. Overall though, I am glad that there was enough action, magic, and a grand confrontation between Bree's allies, and the dreaded King Langdon. 

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