Reviewed by Chris Phillips
This Young Adult fiction is the 3rd in the Fire Chronicle series. It is very good and thoughtful uplifting even when presenting unsurmountable evil and odds.
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In a fantasy world where races of creatures, usually humanoid, are often fighting each other, order has come to much of civilization. The Alliance was formed in fire with a great battle where Lord Luminor was injured deeply. He leads this group of people beneficently with powers that have been unmatched until now.
There is danger now, a new and fearful evil has begun to invade the Morvians. These people live beyond the Impossible Mountains. Although, this does not affect his domain, Luminor must defend these people from the encroaching menace. He forms his army, the greatest so far, combining many groups into a single fighting force. He heads North leaving hearth and home behind protected by a regent and wise Elders to protect his domain and his family.
This leaves Espira, Essie familiarly, and Ardientor sitting at home and worrying about their father. As hybrids, combining human and Gaian ancestry, they are the first and possibly the only salvation of the domain, but they must overcome sibling rivalry and a confining spell placed by their father. When all seems lost, they find the way, Espira especially, to reconcile the personalities and the powers, first to summon assistance from the Ancient Realm and then to lend its use to the army across the Impossible Mountains.
The danger is real and present. The rivalries are deep and ultimately fatal. Can Espira rise to the occasion and continue the legacy? Can Ardientor help or fail his older and more powerful sister? Will the Ancient Realms help save the day?
The plot is tried and true, with more than enough twisting and turning to keep interest and supply motivation to see it through. The characters are well-developed, if slowly. The flow of the narrative goes well with clear transitions between character thought and actions and that of the story itself.
This series, if this part is a good measure, is a great idea and should be inspiring to any reader.
Satisfying and complete enough to stand alone, this book is a great example of good YA fiction as well as simply great writing.