*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*
This was the final book in the Spell Weaver trilogy (which is kind of a prequel to the Steel & Stone series, at least for me since I read Steel & Stone first), and it was just as amazing, action-packed, fast-paced, and gripping as all the other books. I had planned to read it over the course of several days, but I ended up reading it in two because I didn’t want to put it down.
One of the things I liked most about this book, surprisingly, was getting to see more of Miysis. In Steel & Stone, he was this “never quite a friend, but never quite an enemy” character to the trio. I was never really sure what he was thinking or what he might do. He was interesting; in this book, maybe even more so. As Lyre said, he was manipulative, but not a bad person. *MILD SPOILER (it happens within the first 34% and doesn’t actually spoil anything, but just in case)* And he and Lyre were buddies! I wasn’t expecting that friendship, but I liked it. And Miysis possibly checking Lyre out? I don’t care that it’s not actually a thing, I want some Lysis fanart of the two of them in the Ra garments and body paint :-P *END SPOILER*
Then there was Ash, and seeing the formation of Lyre and Ash’s friendship, seeing the two of them actually starting to trust each other, was adorable. I mean, Ash fell asleep with his head on Lyre’s shoulder. How cute is that? It’s easy to forget how young Ash actually is in this series and that, underneath the scary assassin he’s forced to be, he’s not all that different from anyone else.
As for all the rest… Lyre, Clio, and Ash were all badass, as usual, and I felt for all of them, especially Lyre. The characters actually did get a bit of a reprieve with some down time to enjoy themselves, but aside from that it was pretty much one terrible situation after another (which kept me gripped). The battle/fight scenes were all incredibly well-written (these books have possibly the best ones I’ve ever read, what with all the magic being flung around and everything, interesting magic that Annette Marie describes in amazing ways). Lyceus was more powerful and terrible than I had even imagined. There was romance, and although it got more serious, I feel like it took a bit of a backseat in terms of focus this time and was well-balanced with the other plotlines. There was also a bit of humor amongst all the chaos (I just about died at Ash’s reaction to something Clio said near the end). Overall, it was a great ending to the Spell Weaver trilogy, and I’m already anticipating the series coming out about these lovable characters that will take place after Steel & Stone!
Fans of Books 1 and 2 in Annette Marie's Spell Weaver series. Anyone who likes new adult urban fantasy, incubi, romance, action, and lots of magic.