The champion must not waver.
The champion must not fear.
The gate of darkness closes.
Elisa is a fugitive.
Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. Her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.
Her Royal Majesty, Queen Lucero-Elisa née Riqueza de Vega, bearer of the Godstone, will lead her three loyal companions deep into the enemy's kingdom, a land of ice and snow and brutal magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history.
But that is not all. She has a larger destiny. She must become the champion the world has been waiting for.
Even of those who hate her most.
©2013 Rae Carson (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
This was a wonderful end to an exciting trilogy. I really liked the character development and the development of friendships and relationships over time. The only thing I didn't care for was Hector's POV, which wasn't in the first or second book. Some reviewers said the narrator for Hector did a poor job and I would disagree. I don't think he did a poor job but his POV was bland compared to Elisa's, maybe because much of his POV was done without interacting a lot with others. I also think that the narrator tended to read at a slower pace, so it did stand out next to Jennifer's faster paced reading. Still, I loved this book and thought Rae did an awesome job.
It was fiction for sure, including some light romance, and the author encouraged me to dig deeper for information as Elisa had to do with Storm. Some people will just give you enough information leaving you blindsided because you didn't specify. You need to think critically before asking to assure the wording of your question gets the response you really need.
Moreno has too strong of a slurred s. It drove me nuts listening to his chapters. I kept envisioning an overbite and it kept distracting me from the story and just ruined Hector for me.
I really have enjoyed this series I went through the first two books very quickly and was excited to hear how the third would end, until I got to Hectors part. They ruined it with the male narrator. He drones on and on in a very monotone voice with occasional emphasis on the end of the sentence... I can't finish listening to this I'm buying the book.
This series was long and BORING. I kept thinking it would get better but IT NEVER DID. Contained a lot of extraneous details that had no point. What was good? The narration.
I very much enjoyed this book series. it was exciting, original, and unexpectedly riveting. Elisa begins as a boring, weak, and fairly uninteresting character who grows into an overwhelming strong and wisely empowered emporess. Her journey unravels truths and deception s of every variety which helps her to discover that the true power isn't the mystical or magical but her own inner being. Great Author! Tremendous Sorry!
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Nah. One of my friends actually read this series and I was curious about it, but it wasn't something that I was overly impressed by plot-wise.
Maybe. Her writing was nice even if I wasn't fond of the story, and she seemed to do some research about things that are actual old terms used in mysticism and such.
There were some good ones but probably when she is stuck and has to blow chunks out of rocks with her stone.
Definitely was a long story so it was worth it. It was so action packed throughout it, but sometimes I felt,"when will these problems end.
I Think Jennifer Ikeda is a great narrator. Whomever casted the male narrator made a big mistake. He is terrible. Every line is said the same exact way.
I love this series. It is a great escape into the Fire and Thorns world so wholly different than ours. Very original. The last book was my least favorite performance wise - yet the story and writing are great.
I really enjoyed this book as the end of the trilogy. I liked there were some chapters from Hector's perspective but the narrator sounded so stiff. Not at all like what I imagined Hector to sound. Jennifer Ikeda was excellent as always. I was a little disappointed to not have an epilogue updating the reader on the other couples but I guess I can imagine their endings just as easily. Overall I highly recommend this series. Wish it would continue.
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