This installment is second best to Lover Awakened. Naturally, Tohr is the next favorite brother, following Z.
Tohr is actually nice, and kind. Given the possessiveness of vampires in this series, I think he growled just once, and wasn't that a joy! His true worth as a male has already been displayed in Lover Unleashed, and Lover Reborn is an extension of that. It was sad, seeing him torture himself over the loss of his shellan. It was sadder, seeing him fall in love with someone else but he cannot admit it because he cannot let go of Wellsie.
No'One was a surprise, but given her history with Tohr (and I love their back story!), it made sense. Her quiet strength unhinged Tohr, her submission wholeheartedly given to the male was something to be admired. But when push comes to shove, I am happy that she stood up and held her ground against that jerk.
John and Xhex are all over this book, as if I couldn't get enough of their drama in their installment. Still, John bore witness to Tohr's downfall, and it only goes to show that not all of the mating goes well once their installment has concluded.
But of all the pairings J.R. Ward has done, Layla and a very unlikely male is probably my least favorite. Meaning, whoever opposes Wrath and the Brotherhood, will never be in my favor, ever. Ha.
No threats of lesser here. Wrath is so badass, I'm liking him more and more as this series continues!
After closing my copy, I hugged it tight. I had stars in my eyes, the biggest smile in my mouth. My husband stareI highly recommend The Crimson Crown.
After closing my copy, I hugged it tight. I had stars in my eyes, the biggest smile in my mouth. My husband stared at me, asking, "What is wrong with you?" and I just murmured (without looking at him) that the ending of The Crimson Crown was sooo beautiful...! Of course, he doesn't know what I'm saying. I kept on smiling. What a fantastic way to conclude one of the best fantasy series in YA!
I would not have it any other way. :) There are little questions in my head, but I didn't mind them much. I am delighted with how everything fell into place, whether for better or for worse. I am utterly delighted!
The strength of the Seven Realms series lies in the tremendous amount of development that Cinda Williams Chima put into her characters. Han and Raisa were spectacular, but unbridled praise must also be given to Fire Dancer, Night Bird, even Micah Bayar! There is no good or bad, just the resolve to prove something or someone that they are worthy - of respect, service, and love. Woot!
The maturity of Raisa as a queen, and as Han's partner was incredible. She's out to get what she wants. She thereby complimented Han's determination to be the best person he can be. After The Gray Wolf Throne, Han now lives with conviction. He's no longer a thief, he said. He's resolute to make things work between him and Raisa, stands up to the challenge, just for the slimmest chance that they can be together. *happy sigh* Han was magnificent! He still have trust issues, and I loved that this is consistent with his character. He struggled with his secrets, and sharing them to people he cared the most.
Dancer's transformation was amazing! He was the epitome of the hope between jinxflingers and copperheads. And Night Bird was a pretty surprise. I did not like her in previous books, but now? Wow. Lord Bayar's fate was unsatisfying, but neatly done. Averill Lightfoot and Elena Cennestre are two of my least favorite characters. Such sneaky and insensitive Demonai warriors!
More than the superb plot, these character developments drove The Crimson Crown to the top of my favorites list. Han, Han, Han. I don't think I will ever forget you. Swoon!!!
And that Epilogue? Oh my goodness! So uplifting, and sweet, and undoubtedly kind. =)
Similar to Lumatere Chronicles of Melina Marchetta and The Queen's Thief series of Megan Whalen Turner in terms of epic love stories and intriguing politics, Seven Realms series is a must read for every fantasy lover. So Read. It. Now!...more