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Nightblood: The Frostblood Saga, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Lovers' quarrels stifle this dark fantasy finale.

Book Elly Blake Fantasy 2018
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A romantic storyline usurps the fantasy power of this finale with a vengeful god, fire- and frost-wielding mortals, and mind-control demons. If you stir the pot with just these fantasy elements, there's a chance to overdo. Especially when there are also prisoners to rescue and armadas giving chase and two cults to keep track of -- one that wants only Frostbloods to survive, one that wants no one at all to have magic. Sounds exciting. It is exciting, but it could have been executed much better if the scenes of lovers' quarrels didn't dominate.

Ruby and Arcus are already paired up by Nightblood, and still they fill chapters with petty fights about whether Ruby still likes Prince Kai or whether Arcus is mad at Ruby for her simply following her instincts. This is wasted space that could have been better used to explore the fantasy elements and set up the finale in a more dynamic way. Things wrap nicely in the end but could have been executed with more care.

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