This is the third (and possibly not the final?) book in the Shades of Magic trilogy. What a way to end this! I feel everything wrapped up nicely and left room for more if wanted or left alone. I will definitely read this trilogy again. This book picks right up where the last one left us, as if you never picked up another book. The excitement never wavered. The tempo of this book starts quick and continues with few slow parts for a breather. This helps if you are reading this back to back.
Our characters Kell, Lila, Rhy, Holland and Alucard continue to grow in this book. The continued trials they face either for themselves and or the group and or kingdom. King Maxim and Queen Emira have taken a bigger and important role in this novel for both their kingdom and son (s). There are other secondary characters who also help with the growth of Rhy specifically. The antagonist (villain) of the trilogy, Osaron, also grew in this book. His power and curious mind turned him dangerous. Osaron is a character who you question on how they will stop him. You know there is a weakness, you as a reader can feel it and see it, with the clues given, but how would the characters use it against him. I believe the characters who grew the most were Rhy and Osaron. I feel as this book shifted and focused on Rhy and Osaron.
This time we head more to sea and explore a pirate’s black market, the Farase Stras. Black markets are not new, but this one was interesting and a neat idea on how it was function. I enjoyed the market always moving and to find the coordinates you needed a certain map. I would have loved to explore this market more, but given what was going on, we could not. The way you had to arrive by either being excepted or denied and the way you leave with only one item, made this market also intriguing. I can see why it would be hard for a thief.
I would recommend this book and trilogy to anyone who loves fantasy.
I give this book a 5/5
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