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Torsere trilogy wraps up with two fabulous action packed instalments

Tensions are rising and the love is growing stronger

54820865._SY475_Union by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this middle instalment of the Torsere trilogy Annabelle really amps up the tensions as the visit to the Elven kingdom draws close.

For our two heroes, they’re much more settled, and the exploration of their growing feelings is twisted into the narrative alongside the ceremony making Nykin officially Ryneq’s consort.

I absolutely loved everything about the Elves, the way the city was revealed is so vivid, the sights and sounds are tangible.

There’s danger of course, this time in the form of a witch testing the magical barrier and almost killing one of the elves.

And while everyone sits around waiting for the marriage to be finalised, evil lurks, bringing an end to the happy visit.

I think the pacing was just right in this, I like it when a book pushes away from the formula of a danger point at the 70% mark, here tensions built right to the very end.

Now the race is on to get back to Torsere and find out just what the bad guy has up his sleeve this time!

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A fitting and action-packed ending

54589180._SY475_Alliance by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Annabelle Jacobs wraps up this excellent high fantasy trilogy with a final book which is action packed and plot heavy.

Things move so rapidly from one beat to the next that it’s like being taken on a blindfolded horseback ride with only a sure hand on the reins to keep on track.

Both Ryneq and Nykin have their own journey to undertake and the pressure on each of them is immense.

There are some sad losses along the way too and my heart was in my mouth for so much of this book.

No spoilers, but I felt the ultimate outcome had a good grounding in what had gone on before, no sudden deus ex machina to save the day.

I think there was scope for perhaps a bit more after the ultimate challenge and I still have a few questions left outstanding, but no quibbles about the main arc being nicely tied up.

#ARCs kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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A solid opener for this high fantasy series with dragons!

54580624._SY475_Capture by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first book of a fantasy series always takes a bit of bedding in as world building sits alongside the main plot lines.

However, for most of this opener in Annabelle’s high fantasy, the two intermingled quite nicely together without needing a lot of exposition.

I loved the dragons in this, the idea of bonded riders isn’t new but the restriction on time served together was a cool twist to the trope.

Both main characters had interesting personalities, I also loved the Princess and the brief glimpses of the elves.

There’s clearly a series long story arc going to run through all three books but this particular plotline wrapped up suitably for me.

There’s a sort of cliff hanger for the overall story but I’d expected that and it didn’t feel like things were being pushed over to drag it out.

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What an amazingly satisfying conclusion to this fantasy tale

54612826._SY475_The Assassin’s Dragon by W.M. Fawkes & Sam Burns

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I need more stars!

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Right, first things first. I am not ready to say goodbye to Tristram and Bet and all the rest of the cast of characters in the Fire and Valor Series, not by a long shot.

Things are wrapped up beautifully, all plot lines are given thoroughly satisfactory endings and I was only disappointed that I ran out of book!

I won’t be revealing any spoilers but I just want to say that the major twist was one I didn’t see coming for a long time until it all of a sudden pinged into view.

A really clever idea and I loved how, once it was revealed, all the hints and clues had been carefully laid down before that I could now see with the benefit of hindsight.

Tris and Bet are solid, their relationship is firmly established and I loved how at first Bet was uncomfortable with the respect being shown when they were at Tristram’s family home. There no-one knew of Bet the Assassin, the King’s Shadow, he was just Tris’ partner.

I’ve also really enjoyed the other two “main”relationships that have run paralleled to that of Tris and Bet. Here we see more of Sir Sidone and Rhiannon as well as the solidification of Maddox and Princess Gillian’s love. We also get closure for Rhys and Tris’ mother Elinor as well, which made me happy.

Dragonwise, yay! Lots of dragons, dragons becoming friends, dragons finding each other, dragons overcoming their hidebound arrogance and dragons realising working with the humans of Llangard is their only option for a long-term future.

Waverly and Sam individually are wonderful authors, but when they collaborate on high fantasy they take a lot of beating imho. This series has been a true delight for me.

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