Reviewed by Nikyta
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Series: Torsere #3
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 284 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 17, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press and Amazon
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Blurb: King Ryneq and his dragon rider consort, Nykin, return to Torsere to defend the kingdom against the lowland armies already camped along Torsere’s borders. Seran wants the dragons, and with a new witch in his ranks, war is inevitable.
With the elves of Hervath now helping them, Ryneq has a chance at holding Seran at bay. But the witch is using old dark magic, and as Nykin and the dragon riders battle her deadly attack, unexpected betrayal forces Ryneq to make a difficult decision.
Faced with the prospect of losing his kingdom, Ryneq gambles on a plan that could ultimately save Torsere, if they can stay alive long enough to see it through. With Ryneq standing against Seran and his witch, time is of the essence, and Nykin must make a sacrifice to end the war. Only then will Ryneq and Nykin be able to start a life together.
After escaping Seran once then causing him to retreat in Alel, Nykin and Ryneq are back in Torsere with the expectation of a full blown war. Unfortunately, while the elves have offered their aid, Seran has such a vast army and a powerful witch at his side that being able to defeat them is unlikely. But Ryneq won’t give up and he’ll even make some hard choices to finally beat Seran. But when Ryneq is betrayed by someone close to him, all Torsere’s advantages are gone and it’s up to Nykin to make the ultimate sacrifice to put an end to the war.
I’ve been reading the Torsere series since it came out and eagerly awaiting the next installments. So, when I saw this was the last in the Torsere series, I was quite saddened because this has truly been an awesome series. In this book, as with the other two, it’s filled with a ton of suspenseful moments that kept me on the edge of my seat with its intensity. I loved that each book has it’s own major conflict but also that there’s an overall story arc that keeps them all connected. As this one is the final story, it’s the ultimate showdown between the key players in the game (I won’t say who, though!). A lot happens that makes the story very fast-paced and exciting. I won’t go into details because, one, I don’t want to spoil it for readers, but also because there’s just so much that happens that I think readers should discover each event as it takes place during the story. Trust me when I say, this book takes you on a wild ride and it’s not all about the war. It’s about Ryneq and Nykin’s relationship but also about Nykin and Fimor’s relationship, too.
As for the characters, if you’ve been following this series, you know that Nykin is an impulsive almost stubborn guy that once he sets his mind on something, he plans to follow through with it. At the start of the series, he was almost innocent but now he’s more assured of his place and taken to his role as king-consort quite well. Ryneq is still the serious King but now he’s feeling overwhelmed and almost helpless. This book, though, shines more light on their relationship, how new it still is and how they haven’t had much time to really ‘explore’ their relationship. They have a few rocky moments and feelings they have to work out but considering they’re at war, their stress is only highlighting those tough moments. I still adored them just as much as I did before. Ryneq is still somewhat jealous and possessive but he’s come to accept that Nykin is his and that won’t change. I just love them together so much! And I loved that their bond grows deeper with each day but also that Nykin included Ryneq more when it came to Fimor.
My only little niggle with this one is that there were moments when I wanted to be ‘reminded’ of what happened in past books. Such as when it mentions Thane’s injury or when certain people were mentioned. Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember what happened or who they were while reading so I was always curious to know more about those tiny details, which were never elaborated on. Also, while there is a glossary, it’s at the end of the book so I didn’t see it until I had finished reading, which wasn’t that helpful at that point 😦
All in all, this was a fabulous conclusion to an already fantastic series. As far as I know, this is the conclusion of the Torsere series and while I’m sad to see them go, I’m quite happy with the way things ended. I do hope the author considers a spin-off because I’d love to see more of the dragon riders and the elves, especially if Jaken gets a story of his own!!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*