Monday, May 11, 2015

Book Review: Fury


By:  Krista D. Ball

Publish Date:  May 10, 2015

Format:  eARC

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  3rd in Tranquility trilogy; Book 1 ~ Tranquility's Blaze, Book 2 ~ Tranquility's Grief, Novella (short stories) ~ Interlude: Stories from Tranquility

First Glance Feel:  Warriors have done things they regret, and will continue to have to do the things so others don't have too. The conclusion to Bethany's worries about magic, hers and in the world.

As Lady Champion, Bethany has always made the big sacrifices, the ones that plague her with nightmares so that others can sleep. Trapped behind enemy lines and powerless to take down the barrier surrounding the Magi army, Bethany struggles to keep herself and her small team of soldiers alive – no matter the cost.

However, when Apexia’s daughters discover the true source of Magic, Bethany is forced to make the biggest sacrifice imaginable in the name of peace: the death of the Gentle Goddess herself.

First Sentence:
"She isn't dead," Arrago growled as he thrust a finger in Allric's direction.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
War is waiting for the magic barrier Sarissa has up, protecting her on her island, to drop. Arrago is king with the elves camped at his door, waiting to attack. They all have come to places in their lives that things are complicated and are trying to work through and past it as best they can when letters from Mother Aneese arrive. The letters from the late Aneese bring up strong feelings among our Tranquility crew, and are needed to work through pasts that haunt them all.

Krista has come full circle in this book with having me tear up at the beginning to crying in the end as well. I've felt a full range of emotions while reading this book; sadness, happiness, laughing at quick jokes, and worrying about the war and characters I love. War is war, and it hurts to see the results of it. But I am glad Krista didn't fill it with fake dreams in the end.

This book is a little different in it's telling. The first chapter will draw you in and make you curious to many different things with different characters. Then we will take a small step back in time to see what brought us to this point. I liked this. It gave me a feel of what is going on then how we got to it.

The world feels complicated for all in the beginning - war, royal bills, marriage, friends, love, spying, waiting, food, and so much more. It's a rough patch as winter comes to an end and war waits for her moment to strike.

Bethany is plagued by the nightmares. Nightmares of what she's done for others, the lives she's taken and all the blood she's spilled and seen spilled. But she's not alone in reliving her nightmares. The others who are with her in their duties remember too. And the one who took her power is having troubles with what Bethany's power knows and remembers. Bethany is also working hard to accept Arrago and his situation in Taftlin. Arrago is working hard at getting a kingdom turned around in their thinking of woman and slaves while being patient with Bethany coming to terms with his placement.

Lenhra, Bethany's little sister, is such an innocent, but she grows up in the face of war and is so important in the part she plays. We have all our favorites here when we read and they all steal their moments of bringing a smile to the readers face. But in the face of death I guess if you don't have something to laugh at you will lose yourself.

The letters from the late Mother Aneese... ah. These are precious and full of meaning for the characters and us. They help our favorite characters cope through things and conclude other things. These are very sentimental for me as well, after knowing these characters so well in the books of this series.

It is a bitter sweet read as it's the end of the trilogy. BUT! I have it on good authority there will be at least one more story (novella) that is to come. I do look forward to it!


Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I love it when a trilogy has a good ending... and another book (novella)! :D You don't need cliffies to want more!

Blodeuedd said...

I must say that this cover is better than the other ones

Carole Rae said...

Hmmmm....that girl on the cover looks familiar...maybe she has been on past books?

Melliane said...

It's always sad to finish a good series like that but it's nice that you'll have one more story.

LilyElement said...

Sounds interesting! Glad to hear you had a good time with the series and it ended nicely. Hope you enjoy the novella :)

Alexia561 said...

Love a story that makes you emotional! Might be a little too complicated for me, but glad you enjoyed it!

Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads said...

The cover and setting sound interesting. So hard to read the last book of a trilogy.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa (B&T) haha! No you don't need cliffies to want more, and I'm so glad to hear we'll get to see more of the characters I've come to love. :D

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Blodeuedd, they did change all the covers to this same theme since the books left Mundania. So they'll match now. And there will be another novella with Bethany after this! :D I'm excited to see it come. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Carole Rae, I think the girl on the cover has a few covers with her posing like this or similar out in the world. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melliane, yes! True! :D I'm glad there will be more, but a series is due to end in it's time. So that means new and exciting things from the author next as well. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Lily Element!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Alexia. I do enjoy a story that takes you through all the emotions. Means the author is doing their job right. ;)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Jennifer Bielman. You might have seen the first books when I reviewed them. But the girl on the cover is on a few different book covers, one of I think may be a Kate Daniels novella. But it's always a bit bitter sweet reading the end of a series. *sigh*