If you’ve been following my reviews of the first two books in this series, then you should know I have really enjoyed them. But this book ROCKS! Holy Hera! There is something so intense about this installment. There were multiple times I wanted to grab Zach by his (adorable) trademark bow tie and shake the living snot outta him!
Each book has built in intensity, drama, and action. This version finds young Gabrielle inhabiting the body of a newly widowed woman in Civil War-torn North Carolina. Something about this period in American history has always tugged at my heartstrings, and this book’s undercurrent tapped into that. But the main theme of Gabrielle & Morrigan saving souls from Arawn, and Arawn’s relentless pursuit of Gabrielle, took on several new dimensions. Secrets are revealed, new threats against Gabrielle are unleashed (the sluagh! jeepers creepers!), and people close to Gabrielle pay the ultimate price in her quest.
I’m not kidding when I say there were moments in this book that forced me to put it down, walk away, and take a few deep breaths to calm down. I actually gasped “No!” in the middle of my kids’ swim class, then had to apologize to the surrounding parents who, hearing the sheer panic in my voice, thought something bad happened in the pool. Whoops!
Yes, this is billed as a YA Fantasy series, but the emotions and overarching themes are something all readers will enjoy. I will be figuratively holding my breath for the fourth and final installment, due out this Fall.
Bravo Bow Tie Author! You knocked this one outta the park and have earned a fan for life. If you haven’t started this series yet, you should. All three current books are, at the time of this posting, available for free via Kindle Unlimited HERE so don’t delay!