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Freedom's Slave

(Dark Caravan Cycle #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  432 ratings  ·  69 reviews
An Empress Fighting for Her Crown
After three long years in exile, Nalia is ready to return to her homeland and sit on the throne that is rightfully hers. But the gods might have other plans. Forced to endure untold horrors on the journey to Arjinna, Nalia learns that it will take more than cutting down the tyrant Calar to get her crown.

An Army Fighting to Survive
Raif’s ret
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Balzer + Bray
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Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases

Beautiful, heartbreaking, and utterly satisfying.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Freedom's Slave by Heather Demetrios
Book Three of the Dark Caravan Cycle series
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

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An Empress Fighting for Her Crown
After three long years in exile, Nalia is ready to return to her homeland and sit on the throne that is rightfully hers. But the gods might have other plans. Forc
Jun 10, 2014 marked it as to-read
Hum hum, I don't see any reference to my dear Malek in this synopsis (yes still hoping and in denial).....

(going back in my dark corner to mourn)
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

The message in this book is loud and clear: Never stop fighting for what you believe in no matter how bleak the circumstances might be. The characters' journeys and unrelenting fight will resonate with readers of today as our world faces pain, oppression, brokenness, and an innumerable amount of other issues—things that Raif, Nalia, Taz, and everyone else in FREEDOM'S SLAVE had to face.

FREEDOM'S SLAVE tops out at over 600 pages, which is admittedly a little intimidating and quite a commitmen
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Reading Freedom's Slave after Blood Passage (which ended up being an epic disappointment) was extremely hard for me because I didn't know whether or not if I should read it. Exquisite Captive is still one of my all-time favorite books and Malek is one of my favorite characters, ever. I was so upset about the development of his character in Blood Passage. I still am. I still hoped for the best but that didn't exactly work out.

I don't like Nalia and Raif's relationship. Everything happened too fa
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book-2019, 2019
Great finale to a series I have really enjoyed.
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Emotional ending to a jinn rebellion / revolution series.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing

By now, you may know that I am a big fan of the Dark Caravan Cycle by Heater Demetrios. Exquisite Captive  is "a story of passion, of pain and ultimately of the power that can be found in freedom." and Blood Passage is filled with "precise detailing, inspiring character growth and absolutely gorgeous writing", making it an equally fabulous sequel. It's no wonder that I went into the final book in the trilogy with exceedingly high expectations. All I wanted was for Nalia and Raif to finally fi
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
REALLY GOOD!!!!! Nalia and Raif are amazing together. My favorite characters are Taz and Thatur. Thatur was strict but funny towards Nalia and Taz went through a lot and still didn't give up. All of the characters throughout the books were amazing. I like this book a lot. I look forward to reading more books about Jinn, love, happiness, and defeat...... ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you want a trilogy where everyone fucking dies. I don't know why I love it so much after my heart being broken multiple times. Oh right, because it's beautiful. The world and characters are so vivid.
Highly underrated trilogy, which is a real tragedy.
*Synopsis to ADD*

Freedom’s Slave is the exhilarating final book in the Dark Caravan Cycle—a modern jinni fantasy-adventure trilogy from author Heather Demetrios, perfect for fans of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.

An Empress Fighting for Her Crown
After three long years in exile, Nalia is ready to return to her homeland and sit on the throne that is rightfully hers. But the gods might have other plans. Forced to endure untold horrors on the jour
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a stunning conclusion to an equally stunning series. Nalia was so regal and had such an empress like quality, and she had really grown up. Her stint in the Eye was almost necessary in proving how much love Raif and Nalia had for each other. This is one of my favorite series of all time and I hope you love it as much as I do.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, new-world
Freedom's Slave is the dramatic conclusion to the Dark Caravan Cycle. There was a lot of great jinni magic, creative world building in Arjinna, epic battles, and clever escapes in this finale; however, it was probably 200 pages too long. I wanted to take all of these good parts and cut and paste them together to make one, more compact, thrilling conclusion. I didn't see the point in having Nalia get lost in the Eye, other than for us to spend 200 pages on relationship drama. There were other way ...more
Initially, I wanted to give this book a 1-Star rating but then stopped myself and decided not to give it a rating at all. I actually finished this about a week ago, but have been trying to organize my thoughts as to how I felt about it (hence the hemming and hawing on the rating) - and, ultimately, I can sum it up in two words (one, I understand, is not technically a word) - heartbreakingly disappointing. I really, really enjoyed the first two books in this series and I absolutely love Heather D ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I heard that I’d get to review FREEDOM’S SLAVE by Heather Demetrios, I was ecstatic! FREEDOM’S SLAVE is the final book in the Dark Caravan Cycle. I read the first book ages ago on a whim, and devoured it. I read an ARC of BLOOD PASSAGE in 2015, when it was supposed to come out that October, but got pushed back to Spring 2016. As a result, I ended up reading it almost two years before FREEDOM’S SLAVE came out, which was quite a wait!

I had to wait a while for FREEDOM’S SLAVE, but boy, was it
Cassie James
DNF @ 41%.

First of all, I really love this series. The story, the characters, the magic, the romance, the worlds, just everything about it. I read the first two books in three days and they are quite lengthy. I was excited to start this final part of the series and also kind of sad because that would mean leaving them behind. Freedom's Slave started with the POV of Calar's lover Kesmir. He's a very interesting character, and also the revelation of a person that was thought dead. Then it contin
Rebecca Veight
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Nalia disappears during the group's journey through the Eye of Iblis. Things ha be become immensely dangerous for the rest of the group so they are forced to continue to Arjinna without her. All roads lead to Arjinna & war.

The book starts with the POV of Kesmir, Calar's consort, reminding us that there are 2 sides to every story. I really really like this character.

It still took me quite some pages to get into the book, the first chapters were like incessant chatter, then I started to relax & en
Cappacino Assasin
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great end to a fantastic series. The first part of the book was a tad boring, especially Nalia's time in the Eye. But, after she left the Eye, the book came alive.

At the heart of this series is the love story between Nalia and Raif, the empress and the revolutionary. Two people who would never have come together, the Ghan Aisouri and the Djan who would never have met each other before the war but whose love story would allow Arjinna to rise again. Their love story broke the traditions, t
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing series. The first book I was skeptical until about half way through the book and then the second and third book I was not able to put the book down. This book was majestically written in a way in which I was captivated, Nalia was in the Eye and lost in the darkness, found and became a warrior a leader and a wife, and then reborn into a slave of freedom and royalty. She is a true heroine and a feminist.
This book has underlying messages and awareness of race, oppression, and h
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an amazingly whimsical, sensual and enthralling series. It was reminiscent of Alladin in how it incorporated the magical jinni elements and my notion of them, but it never became too stereotypical or expected so as to steer clear from becoming a ridiculous representation of jinni fiction. It was well written, action-packed, and I love how the main character and her love interest had this star-crossed lovers feel to them, ever since the beginning of this series. The message was also a ve ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I like Heather Demetrios' contemporary novels immensely, and I even really enjoyed the first book in this series, but I should have stopped there. This book was too long by half and it suffers from the same horrible narrator as the previous book. So much happens and the reader is given little time to react before something else happens and the cycle starts anew. Also, the whole book focused on this person or that pining away for someone else, Nalia was a non-character for a big chunk of the book ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
I enjoyed the first two books in this series, but this book was a mess. I gave up around 1/4 into the book. Too many points of views and Nalia was hardly in it (the 1/4 that i read). The story was a bleak mess that i could not wait to leave. I hate when the readers knows something that most of the characters in the book does not, and the author then drags out the reveal for the longest time, while we have to read through angst and excessive mourning. It is so annoying. It is a pity. The first tw ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: d
So this book pulls a New Moon and (view spoiler). Normally this would piss me off, but I think other stuff in the book makes up for it and it all works out okay. New and interesting characters are introduced, we see things from different perspectives, and I think the ending is a bit refreshing since (view spoiler) Though the final one-on-one battle be ...more
Zoe ♫
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I began reading this book with the expectation that I would enjoy it as I did the other two books in this series, but alas Freedom's Slave was terrible. My two main problems were that the plot was just so SLOW and I just couldn't connect to the characters or form any sympathy towards them. I honestly don't know how I managed to finish this book as the first half was basically Raif grieving for Nalia. I gave it two stars because despite it's MANY flaws, the book does a good jobs of closing the se ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a short review here but I finally got around to reading this book (been wanting to read this book for a while now) but unfortunately I was disappointed with it and if I'm being entirely honest here . . . I preferred the first two books over this one, especially the first one which will always be a favourite of mine. But overall I thought this book was a decent read but I think I've left too much time between reading the second book and this one and because of that I have forgotten some t ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 3.5

I enjoyed this but it had been awhile since I read the other two so I kept feeling like I was missing something so that’s on me. However I also felt iffy on the ending as it included a trope I tend to have mixed feelings on.

Overall, though, the writing is beautiful and lyrical, and I did love the characters.

FYI in case you can’t tell from the book or series title... this is quite dark.
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Mar 21, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: did-not-finish
I read 38 pages (up till chapter 5) and was kind of disappointed about the lack of Nalia and I read some other reviews. This book is 580 pages and I am very busy with school, so struggling through this long finale is not going to be an enjoyable experience, especially since I got this from the library and it has a due date. I shouldn't request books when I'm this busy. I'll just check it out again in the summer hopefully. Or maybe listen to the audiobook, which sounds pretty good.

Also I can't re
Kelly Sierra
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
So... I read this book, before I realized it was the end of a series. It was so intriguing, so I will go back eventually and read the first 2 books. That being said, I was in somewhat of a disadvantage, but truly enjoyed the snippet I read of the series.

3 stars
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This book had really great moments and potential but it just felt like so much was crammed into this book without the proper time to flesh it all out. Honestly it was hard to keep up at times. I think it would have been better to have spread it out to at least another book.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such an excellent series. This final book was all I wanted and more. I’m going to miss these characters a lot. I really hope this is the first of many other fantasy series or books by this author.
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Heather Demetrios is a critically acclaimed author, writing coach, and certified meditation teacher. She has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her novels include Little Universes, I’ll Meet You There, Bad Romance, as well as the Dark Caravan fantasy series: Exquisite Capt ...more

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I’m going to kill you, Calar. And it will hurt like hell. And then I will take that crown and put it on my head. Time’s up, bitch.

It was something Malek would have said and it made her smile, pleased at the little bit of bad in her.”
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