*I received a free ecopy of this book via Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review.*
Reading this book was kind of bittersweet because it’s always a little sad when series you love end, but wow! What an action-packed conclusion to Piper’s action-packed story.
As usual, the plot flowed so naturally and had me hooked, and the characters were the same ones I’ve come to know and love, but with more growth this time. Piper seemed more mature in this one, and relationships between Piper and other characters (romantic, friends, family, etc.) progressed really nicely and were really touching. *SPOILER ALERT* I was so happy that Piper’s father finally stared treating her with the respect she deserved so that they could finally have a real relationship, and I thought it was so sweet that Miysis took her mother’s body to give it a proper send-off. *END SPOILER ALERT* Oh, and the explanation for why Piper no longer felt the Nightmare Effect with Ash was so adorable I literally squealed!
This book even had more emotion in some ways than the previous two books because of the relationships in the book, but emotion from all the characters, not just Piper. We got to learn a little more about Ash and Lyre this time, and the two of them went through struggles and traumas of their own.
I also loved getting to know more about the draconians, individually and as a caste. They were always described as so ridiculously terrifying yet so intimidatingly beautiful all at once, but their lives and history were also fascinating. And I was particularly fascinated by Raum because I just couldn’t quite figure him out. He was clearly not a bad guy, but he was kind of a gray character, and sometimes he surprised me or made me want to know more about him.
Overall though, this book did an amazing job of wrapping everything up nicely without leaving loose ends. (Though thankfully it didn’t go too far in the other direction either with an epilogue about everyone being married with children.) This whole series has been an intense, fun journey, and I’m so glad I went along for the ride!
Fans of Books 1-4 in Annette Marie's Steel & Stone series. Anyone who likes action-packed, YA urban fantasy with kickass heroines with equally kickass supernatural creatures by her side.
More Books in the Series:
Book Review: Chase the Dark (Steel & Stone Book 1) by Annette Marie
Book Review: Bind the Soul (Steel & Stone Book 2) by Annette Marie
Book Review: Yield the Night (Steel & Stone Book 3) by Annette Marie
Short Story Review: Feed the Flames (Steel & Stone Book 3.5) by Annette Marie
Book Review: Reap the Shadows (Steel & Stone Book 4) by Annette Marie
Book Review: Unleash the Storm (Steel & Stone Book 5) by Annette Marie
Piper thought she could handle the Sahar, the most powerful magical weapon in existence. She thought she could protect her loved ones and stop a war. She thought she could make a difference.
She was wrong, and her mistakes were paid for in blood.
Leaving her world—and her failures—behind, she retreats to the Underworld with Ash and the other draconians. They forge deep into long abandoned mountains, the first draconians to fly the valleys and passes in centuries—or so they thought. Until now, Ash’s mysterious heritage has been nothing but a name, but his presence does not go unnoticed. A new danger stalks him, one that may be even greater than what they escaped.
Cut off from the power she’d come to rely on and lost in a world where she doesn’t belong, Piper has never felt so hopeless. But she must find her strength, and find it quickly, before she loses Ash to an ancient power he can’t fight, before her home is devastated by the daemon war, and before her mind, body, and soul are consumed by the Sahar’s insidious magic.