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Published by Skyscape on February 13th 2018
Genres: Romance, Supernatural, Young Adult Fiction
Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.
That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.
In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.
To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.
Since this is book three, there will likely be some spoilers! I’ll also sound a little bitter and frustrated. So be warned.
First of all, I adore Emily R. King’s writing and storytelling. At the top of my head, I can’t think of any gripes I have with this book’s plot. It was interesting and fast paced as the two previous books. The only thing I’m slightly critical about is the obviousness of what’s to come at the end (too many obvious hints—ugh—and it feels so overdone even though it’s a role reversal type thing). Honestly, this series doesn’t need a book four. It should have just ended here.
Which brings me to why I rated this book as three stars instead of four like the other two. I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES. I hate feeling baited. I don’t like Kalinda and Deven together. Throughout a good portion, Prince Ashwin is dangled on a stick and every time the pairing seems so possible…of course…it’s pulled back out of reach, repeatedly. I despise this.
I love Ashwin. He’s so kind, compassionate. And Deven? Broody, jealous, hates the prince because?? He wants to? I thought Deven was a huge jerk more so in this book than the second one. Kalinda is also guilty of playing with his love for her a few times..and then later to suggest that he should marry someone else and move on even though she’s unwilling to move on herself due to what happens to Deven.