Hey all, Dani here.
So…my home state of Ohio was supposed to have our primary elections today, but late last night it was canceled due to this being a health state of emergency. Everything’s a bit in chaos right now as we all try to figure out what is going to happen next. There are so many people complaining about this frustrating situation and a number of people talking about how this is voter suppression. I don’t want to get overly political or anything, so I’ll just say that my thought on the matter is just to send everyone an absentee ballot and have us all vote by mail. That way we can keep doing the social distancing thing and not gathering in large numbers.
Anyway, enough about the issues and drama and craziness and uncertainty of the real world. Today is a review day, and I have a Middle Grade March review that I’m pretty excited to talk about.
Oh, and I’ll go ahead and say it again, for any author or artist or content creator who has been affected by the mass canceling of conventions and events, I would love to help signal boost your creations. Get in contact with me on Twitter (@DanielleThamasa), Instagram (@danielle.thamasa), or e-mail at email@example.com and we can work out a post to share your work and links to supporting your creative endeavors.
Let’s jump into the review.
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 17, 2019
ISBN: 1484788613 (ISBN13: 9781484788615)
After the events at Llethanyl, city of the elves, Zed is cut off from his friends–unable to warn them about a dangerous enemy on the move. And their recent heroism in defeating the evil that cast the elves from their home doesn’t keep the Adventurers Guild in the Freestoners’ good graces for long. Dangers have infiltrated the city again, killing over a dozen people. Brock finds himself in the frustrating position of being unable to utilize his underground contacts…though the mysterious Lady Grey may not be finished with him yet. To come together in time to save their city, the young adventurers must learn to trust in each other and be willing to do whatever it takes to stop the destruction and tragedy of the Day of Dangers from happening again.
Rating: 5 stars
I didn’t know this was the conclusion novel!! I’m actually really sad that this series is over. So much has happened, and we have seen the characters get through so much in the past couple of books, so to have this wonderful adventure end as a trilogy is just…disappointing.
What wasn’t disappointing was this book. Honestly, I definitely loved it. There were a lot of very great moments that showed deep character growth and development and revelations, and I was so excited by it. One of the male characters reveals that he likes another one of the male characters…and it was just so cute. I mean it was a bit of a surprise at first and they both had to work through their thoughts and feelings about how the revelation happened, but I think by the end there is some hope that they might make a go of it. I mean, the one does give the other some flowers, which I thought was adorable.
Is that my favorite part of the story? My squishy heart wants to say yes, but this book had so much going for it. There were more Dangers to fight off in the story. There were numerous set-ups and betrayals and secrets and scheming, and the story was woven together so well.
It’s obvious to me that the two authors are friends who have played Dungeons & Dragons together for a while. I recognized many of the monsters and several of the spells from my own time playing the role-playing game. So, if you yourself play D&D, then there are definite nods to the races, classes, magic, and monsters that you will find pleasing. And if you are just simply a fan of fantasy adventure tales, then you will still find this book to be greatly appealing.
Also, I definitely think there is room for more adventures set in this world, so perhaps there will be a spin-off, perhaps following the next group of recruits to the Adventurers Guild.
So basically, I’m saying that this trilogy is great for the young or old fantasy lover in your life. There is combat and magic and friendship and adventure, and I’m just so glad that I stumbled across the first book as an ARC while at BookExpo in 2017, because otherwise I might not have ever known about these characters and this world and this story. It’s just great.
Where to Get a Copy
You can also check with your local library.