The Time for the final battle has come.
Edmund’s armies have surrounded the Rioseco Abbey, trapping the few survivors inside. The sight that Ilyan was given a thousand years ago is about to come to pass.
If only Joclyn was able to fight.
Joclyn is tormented by the hallucinations that Cail’s mind has left her with, her magic an uncontrollable torrent that even Ilyan cannot control. Her moments of lucidity are broken by fears of dripping pipes and bleeding walls, and a desire to kill Ryland that she is having trouble trying to ignore.
The sight has shown her power, shown her success, but it has also shown her death – The end of her life something she is not quite willing to give up on yet.
Even past her death, the sight has shown her love, and that love may be the only key to her sanity, to her strength, and to Edmund’s death.
That love may stand in her way, and a single choice may tip the scales and secure their future, or destroy their fate.
**I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**
Before I start this review, let me just say that I am a hopeless romantic at heart. So, while there are a million different and equally amazing aspects of this book (and this series), the romance part of it is what speaks to me the most. So there will probably be gushing and maybe some blabbing on about the hero. That’s not to say that there aren’t many more things to love about this series. It really is incredible and I’m a bit obsessed at this point! Also, in true Rebecca fashion, this installment is full of twists and turns and lots of surprises, so I won’t be getting into the storyline very much at all. I would hate to spoil anything for anyone.
While re-reading the first three books in this series, in preparation for Soul of Flame— and obviously knowing more this time around– I was able to see things from an entirely different perspective. So many little things had an even bigger impact the second go around, and it just solidified how much I absolutely love this series! In the third book,Scorched Treachery, I fell madly in love with Ilyan. I was on the fence about him up until that point, but no more. The unconditional love he has for Jocelyn, even at the risk of his own happiness, is heartbreakingly beautiful. He is one of my favorite literary men ever and I so loved being inside his head during that book.
Of course, since the ending of book three, I’ve been on the edge of my seat, anxiously (and not so patiently) awaiting this next book in the series, which starts off right where Scorched Treachery leaves off. Thank goodness!! From the very first page, this book had me! I sat there wearing a goofy grin, while tears streamed down my face while reading the first pages. Because FINALLY! Finally Ilyan gets what he’s waited 800 years for. Sweet, wonderful Ilyan finally has his moment and it. Is. Perfect. It’s beautiful and well worth the wait.
“I have waited eight hundred years to hear you say such things. I thought I had understood the love I felt for you before, but until now, I didn’t fully know how amazing it was. I didn’t know how unworthy I would feel of it. I am lost to you,” Ilyan whispered, his voice breaking as tears threatened.
They’re essentially trapped in the abby, surrounded by Edmund’s ever expanding army, waiting for the time when Edmund will make his move and this final battle will begin. This book takes place in the span of just a few days, so you really feel like you’re experiencing everything, minute by minute, right along with the characters. As I said before, there are plenty of surprises– something this author does so well– including one huge twist– something that the entire series has been leading up to. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this particular turn, but it brought about even more questions and endless possibilities as to where this story can go in the final book, so I’m very excited to see what will come of it.
As always, the supporting characters blew me away. They all bring so much to the story and, love them or hate them *cough* Sain *cough* the book wouldn’t have been the same without them, and I’ll be sad to say goodbye to them when this series is over. Ryland’s struggle absolutely broke my heart. The few moments that he and Jos had together were pure torture, but so beautiful, and I really hope they’re able to continue some kind of relationship in the future. I have my fingers crossed for that. As for Jos, she made me proud in this book. She had a rough time at the start, understandably, but she came into her own quite a bit as the story continued, and just keeps getting stronger.
“You are stronger than any, my love. Your power stretches into the very core of the world, your heart dictating all that you are. I know you feel broken, but this… This is proof that you are not. You are perfect and stronger than anything that my father has imprinted you with. You will always rise up above it. And if you stumble? I will be here to pick you up, to help you bring beauty back to the world.”
“You are my forever. My beginning and my end.”
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