The finale of the best-selling Elemental Mysteries series, A Fall of Water.
"No secret stays hidden forever."
Still grieving from their loss in the far East, Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo discover that for them, all roads really do lead to Rome. But nothing is quite as it seems in the Eternal City. Joined by Carwyn and Tenzin, unexpected clashes greet them almost immediately, and rivalries churn beneath the glittering facade of the old Roman court. They quickly realize that allies might be enemies, and ancient rivals could hold the key to a deadly secret.
Giovanni and Beatrice will be forced to call on old alliances, ancient powers, and fierce cunning to survive for the eternity they both desire. Sometimes, finding the end means going back to the beginning. Fire, Earth, Wind, and Water finally meet with devastating results in the conclusion of the Elemental Mysteries.
©2012 Elizabeth Hunter (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
After losing her father and becoming a vampire, this story has a slow start with Beatrice adjusting to her new existence. It does get better though, when Gio gets a summons to go to Rome. All heck breaks loose when Lorenzo makes another appearance and the ultimate evil step mother joins the story. Gio and Beatrice's love story grows stronger and stronger, as all the allies from previous books and some new ones join forces to put an end to mystery of the secret formula, that could kill them all.
The main character is bright, well developed, and holds her own throughout. I really enjoyed her intelligence, cleverness, and strength. Premise and characters are the most important things in any series, so I recommend this one to those who enjoy a little history in their paranormal romance adventures. I enjoyed this series very much for what it is, but there are some annoyances with the writing and audio performance though the story is good enough that it managed to pull me in.
My problem with the writing was the author's need for a thesaurus so that, for example, a word like "face" doesn't show up a half dozen times in a single descriptive paragraph (ironic, when your lead character is a librarian, no?)
My biggest issue was the narrator's mispronunciations! These were, at least, consistent so once I got done seething over a newly mangled term I had to go back to listening, because in spite of everything, I really wanted to know what happened next! Steppes are not steppies, signor does not have a hard g, and the name of that wonderful Scotch, Laphroaig, does not sound like L'Afro-Igg. As long as you can grit your teeth and glaze over this type of issue (these 3 terms were the biggest offenders for me)
If you enjoy Patricia Briggs or Ilona Andrews I can say that Elizabeth Hunter deserves a look, we readers can always hope that the editing gets tighter in future works.
There are no words that can express how good this series is. The only bad thing about it is that it's over. Elizabeth Hunter is one of the best writers ever!!!
Yes! The series is well written with believable characters (if vampires were real that is) and all of the stories have strong plus with plenty of drama to keep the reader engaged.
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