This is the final book of the Advent Mage Cycle. Here is the conclusion to Garth's amazing story.
©2012 Alisha Yockey (P)2015 Alisha Yockey
This was a typical Raconteur book. By that I mean you get the magic and joy of returning to a familiar and innovative world.
My one complaint is the fact that all of the plot threads weren't competed at the end. I'm sure this is because she is not done writing in this world with these characters just from this perspective.
Overall great book though.
This book made the hero and party boring. Everything happen that happen to him was too convenient and only the bad guys died. There were no rememberable moments.
i knew i shouldn't have continued this series but once i start one i usually compulsively follow through til the end, no matter what.
the whole series was written rather shallowly which was why i labeled it as a YA series when i reviewed jaunten, but amazon has it listed in the adult section.
i found this series unsatisfying and it left me rather irritated more that anything else.
i had several WTH moments in this particular novel so read on at your own risk, possible SPOILERS ahead.
first, the king of his adopted country welcomed him in, became his friend, and paid for his schooling. he earned garths loyalty.
as a matter of fact, garth swore an oath to the crown and as jaunten he was already supposedly in the kings service. why then did he suddenly do an about face in this book and accept a position in his old country without even notifying the man he owed so much to?
i found this betrayal hard to accept, even more so when the king seemed to have no reaction to it at all, which is far out of line for a king, or, in fact, any person in power. even if they were not friends, garth is one of the men under his command and a valuable resource.
the author made a big deal in pointing out over and over again that garths oath was binding and all of that, then she turned around and made it nothing in the eyes of the readers.
if anything, this fickle change of loyalty and mind made me dislike the main character.
second, once he betrays his oath to one king (though it is not mentioned as betrayal in the novel; his former oath of service is conveniently not mentioned) he not only abandons the country that took care of him and took him in, but he takes away ALL of their mages as well.
and he abandoned his duties as jaunten. in fact, his jaunten heritage is not explored at all. it seems to have been nothing more than a way to give him white hair and the automatic ability to speak foreign languages.
and what happened to trevnor? when he abandoned his adopted country did he abandon his adopted brother as well? we are not told.
did he abandon his family, too? did they stay in the new home where they'd made a life for themselves or did the get uprooted again?
why did the magic council not protest when all of their new mages were stolen away?
so many loose ends and plot holes in this novel.
i would NOT recommend this series unless your looking for a light read to kill some time and you posses the ability to overlook those gaping holes and unanswered questions.
Well now of coarse I am 65, but still a great fan of Audible
If you have read any of my reviews on these books, you already know that I love this series, so I won't go on about it. I was sorry when I purchased it, as it seemed to be the last one, and then I spotted another title on Audibles shelves. I won't be a spoiler and tell you all about it, just know Honor has made another trip into this world.
This book like the others is written with her usual flair, but this time with some romance to go with it, not so much Garth thrashing people, but more interesting stuff about how he does his magic. Ok not quite a 100 star work but 99 at least. J
Really think about it (Everybody saying "what are you talking about"). Does anything really happen? Garth beats up on people who are way beneath him. No body is really in any danger (Except in 1 fight where Garth wasn't there). And Everybody is happy in the end. Where was all the drama! Then when you think about it, the whole series was this way. And so much for the Jaunten Knowledge after the first book. It was practically useless! I don't even want to start with the next series. Very annoyed at the end!
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