Series: Ondine Quartet Series, book 3
Author: Emma Raveling
Genre: Urban Fantasy, suitable for YA
Illusion. Power. Identity.
Tensions are reaching a fever pitch everywhere Kendra Irisavie turns.
Darkness settles over elementals as a new threat stirs suspicions of a betrayal from within. Details of recent events spread through Haverleau, prompting doubts over Irisavie leadership. The mysterious Selkie Kingdom finally opens its doors, but the gesture only fans the flames of division. And despite the perils involved, Kendra finds it difficult to ignore the demands of her heart.
As the body count rises, pressure also grows to shift the tides of war. The sondaleur is on the hunt, but tracking the Aquidae leader is the greatest challenge she's ever faced. With the Shadow playing a deadly game of obsession and horror, Kendra's best chance to win is to unravel a tangled web of deception spanning back to the origins of the elemental world.
Nothing is what it seems and the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her pursuit for answers becomes. When the unthinkable happens, Kendra must decide if survival is worth the sacrifice.
Conflicting loyalties, fierce passions, and irrevocable choices ignite in the electrifying third installment of the Ondine Quartet.
Ondine Quartet is one of the best Urban Fantasy series I have ever read,! It has completely won my heart, and that is why it has earned a spot on my Must Have Books of 2013. Emma Raveling has done a wonderful job creating a world, and characters, that instantly draws the reader in and never lets you go. Each installment gets better and I am on pins and needles waiting for the next book!
Get ready...because from the very first page, you are thrust into a world of magic and mayhem. Crest is an adventure filled with mystery, romance, danger and suspense that grips you from the very beginning!
Kendra has faced loss, love and betrayal, but none bigger than the one she faces now. As she gets closer to finding the Shadow, she realizes that all she thought she knew is not as it seems. People she loves are dying, and the Shadow is always a step ahead of her. To make matters worse, the love she has for the Selkie King is growing, but the fact remains that theirs is a forbidden love that comes with a price.
As Kendra races to end the war that will save all elementals, she is forced to face the fact that she may have to give up everything to save the ones she loves. What do you do when those you trusted are the ones that turn on you? Will Kendra have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her people, or will she lose everything she loves to the Shadow?
This book is amazing! Every page brings a new clue to solving the mystery of the Shadow. And with each clue, there is also loss. People are dying, the elementals are looking for answers and all eyes are on Kendra. With the pressure building, she soon learns that the one person she can trust is herself.
The Shadow is the most important issue, but definitely not the only problem Kendra is facing. The feelings she has been running away from, for Tristan, has only intensified. Along with learning how to fight the Shadow, she is also trying to fight the budding romance that is not only forbidden, but impossible. The problem is neither knows what to do...the heart wants what the heart wants.
There is also the problem of Julian. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Julian has always been a favorite of mine, but when he doesn't get his way...watch out! I am still rooting for him, but the question remains...can we trust him?
The rest of the gang is also there to lend Kendra a hand. But, as the puzzle pieces come together, the target on their backs have grown and the Shadow is ready.
With love, friendship and the survival of the entire elemental race on Kendra's mind, we have to wonder - can and will she be able to save them all? And if she does, will she have to sacrifice herself to make it happen?
This is truly a nail-biter of a read. My heart was elated with each battle won, filled with love as Kendra faced her feelings for Tristan, heartbroken with each life lost and completely torn as the secrets are revealed, and we must face the fact that the people we thought we could trust are the ones behind the war.
This book is rated 5 Fangs - Incredible!!
Run don't walk to go and pick up this read. You can thank me for it later :-)
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