Truly enjoyed the series and I listened to them close together. I disagree with the person who said the 3rd book repeated too much information from earlier books. I thought the continuing plot was fresh, well written and the background information filled in any gaps. I am not typically drawn to books with a mystical flair, but I would definitely listen to more of Maria Snyder's books. A pleasant distraction from my normal mystery, thrillers etc... Great storyline. I am surprised it isn't a movie or if it has been, I missed it and I would have enjoyed it. I had a hard time putting the books down. Poison Study is still my favorite in the series, but Fire Study is a close second. Read and enjoy.
I would have liked to see the romance between Yelena and Valic carry on, the third book was not as good as the first and second to me.
The series as a whole was good but definitely not the best books I've ever listened too.
My favorite part was how the audiobook reader said, "Love." When Valek was talking to the main character.
Valek. I'm not sure if I'm spelling it right since I listened to the book. Sorry.
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This book wraps up the long running story line between good and evil. I think Maria leaves us just enough to continue on the love luster melodrama and adventure. I hope there are MANY MANY more books in this series. This book, like all the rest in the series, will leave you stunned and wanting more. GO MARIA AND GABRA!!
My review from book two:
I listened straight through. The narrator was easy to listen to, the story had me hooked. You feel yourself drawn in and loving the characters. There are some books that pull you into another word, another land, another place or time; and this is one of them.
I ADORE Gabra Zackman's narrations and have recently sought out more of the books she reads because she is just sooooo easy for me to follow along. She uses light voice changes to change between characters, but nothing distracting. Maria Snyder NAILED IT with a variety of characters, magical plot and a whirlwind romance that is not over done. GET ALL THREE BOOKS.
Just wish audible would label the book numbers better on the mobile app.
I liked this book. Its hard to compete with how amazing the first book was, but it was still a great read. I recommend it to anyone who liked the rest of the series.
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Overall I was pleased with the third and final book in the soulfinders series. There were a few repetitive scenes but other than that great story! Love the characters and the personality that the narrator brings to them. Great job!!
Excellent story continues
Mystery and counter intelligence is more important to me than the magic.
The barn fire and it's aftermath.
All is not as it appears.
Once you start, you must listen to all three "study" books. This is the third time I have read or listened to the series. I catch additional nuances during each read/listen.
This book has a lot going on but the writer is good at reminding you of past events. The ending ties everything in to the story and explains things.
Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
I was pretty happy with the conclusion to this series. You learn what the power source really is, some traitors are rooted out, more action adventure, and our heroine gets even more powerful. The world the author created is pretty unique and I found the story engaging. She is constantly rushing off into more dangerous situations just like the past book. That's kinda lame but it's an extremely common in books I've read. Plus you can understand, when everyone else delays rescue, she is a woman of action. I like that she usually saves her own butt.
The negative is that she recaps more than needed. She recaps from the previous books, which is fine. But she keeps doing it, which makes you wonder if she wrote the book not chronologically. My complaint about the series is that there's way too many stock characters. Her close friends and parents are annoying stock. My issue with the audio version is that the talking horses stuff was annoying. I guess their personality annoyed me and put into a voice made it worse!
While I didn't find book 3 as exciting as 1 and 2, I still thought it was wonderful. Maria V. Snyder did a great job rounding out Yelena's personal development. I liked how, through the series, she relied less and less on Valek and others for help (not because she was too good for them, but because she was stronger). This book really showcases Yelena coming into her own.
I still had the same issue I had with book 2 though. Since I immediately jumped into book 3, I found I got restless and impatient when storylines from books 1 and 2 had to be re-explained for readers who may not have read the prior books or who may have forgotten details. But honestly, by book 3, I was so over hearing recaps. I wish the author recapped with subtle reflections or memory flashbacks, instead of constantly having to re-tell past events.
Also, I did figure out the villain from the start though (actually from book 2), but I'd chock that up more to the fact that I'm not easily surprised and tend to figure out endings early on; not due to a failure of the author's. There were still plenty of other mysteries I had to discover.
Despite these small issues, the book over all was amazing! I really, really want another book now!
For those of you, like me, who want more, though...I did find that the author had written a few short stories about Yelena and Valeck (one follows book 3). You can find them on her website. Just Google her name.