My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
Righto, I’ve had a think and revised up half a star but I have to say – while I enjoyed Hale’s story – it felt a little bit anticlimactic overall as the final book for what has been a truly fantastic paranormal series.
Each of the previous books leading up to this final battle has seen the discovered Weaver drawn into their new world and all the perils they’re facing.
But we’d got a lot of that in the previous book when Hale was rescued from the pestilents.
So it meant things kicked off on a different note from the start. Now, don’t take it as me saying I didn’t like Storm Warrior, my rating shows that’s not the case.
I loved the push and pull between Hale and Harrison, I loved the way the other Weavers and their Soulmates pulled together as they fought the ever increasing numbers of pestilents.
Although, it’s not just me surely, who thought it was blindingly obvious who Hale’s soulmate was from the off?
And I even guessed the reasons why he wasn’t showing up with the red ribbon.
I think part of my ‘problem’ and it’s honestly a very minor one in the grand scheme of overall enjoyment, is that it couldn’t have been anyone else because of the narrowed aspect of the journey the Weavers were taking.
As a narrative choice, I appreciated that they had a connection from the start and that both were drawn to the other. I also appreciated Harrison’s very possessive nature even while he fought against his attraction.
And it was super sweet that they fell for each other even though they thought there was someone else out there for Hale.
Still, Hale’s relationship with Harrison was an absolute delight throughout, as they worked out the strange pull between them.
The sex was, as it always is with these two authors, both ridiculously hot and deeply emotionally connected.
The tensions rose more and more as the Weavers discovered new information from Harrison, who brought them hope in the form of a magic pendant, and then they faced rising despair as it looked like they wouldn’t survive the final battle. All this part of the plot was well done.
But that final battle is where it fell a bit flat for me.
I don’t want to go into massive detail, but I was expecting more from the confrontation.
John, the pestilent’s warlock leader, has been a thorn in their side for so many books now I was sure there’d be some epic scenes with him and the Weavers, especially Grey.
And there just wasn’t.
I mean, I loved how they resolved the final inevitable outcome of the Weavers giving their powers to close the rift, and I loved how the soulmates were what made the difference to all the hundreds of attempts before.
But I wanted John to meet a particularly visceral end, one I could exult in, given all the pain he’d caused, and that didn’t happen.
As Epilogues go too, we get a wonderful rounding off of each of the six Weavers’ futures and a very definite HEA for all.
The Weavers Circle really is a fabulous series, it’s an interesting take on elemental magic blended with the otherworldly villains.
#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.