Patercius—once the Incan Sun God, Inti—is on a path of destruction. Believing the spirits to be demons, the knight has tasked himself with fulfilling the Light's prophecy and ridding the world of shapeshifters once and for all.
The great dragon Nwyfre, having reunited with his true love, is on a similar path of hatred. As the young Guardian's memories return to him one by one, he remembers just how much Patercius has ravaged his and Nessie's lives.
As the final battle grows nigh, spirits from around the world must work together to commune with the essence of Earth itself in order to keep the two from tearing each other—and the planet—apart.
K.V. Wilson is an urban fantasy author obsessed with mythology and culture. Some of her influences include Kenneth Oppel, Julie Kagawa, Kevin Hearne, and Christopher Paolini. Born in Alberta, she currently lives in British Columbia, Canada, where she plays the piano, hikes, swordfights, and reads and writes stories.
What a finale! This book took the world established in books 1 and 2 and brought it to an awesome, global scale. Storylines and POVs converged, epic spirit battles were fought, and questions were finally answered. I loved learning about the different spirits in this one, and the mythology Wilson draws upon is richly portrayed. It was an emotional journey, and I can say with absolute certainty that I had no idea what would happen in the end. I started this series a long time ago, and it’s bittersweet for it to finally have reached its end, but I’m so glad I got to see all these characters grow and change. Don’t for a moment think you should miss this conclusion.
*Review may contain a few spoilers, although I will try my best not to delve much into characters’ fates*
Incarnate ~ Book 3 of the Spirits’ War Trilogy
Patercius is determined to destroy all shapeshifters once and for all, while the Earth spirits are doing everything they can to help Patercius remember the past he has forgotten, and that he is a spirit himself—the Incan Sun God. But instead, he is hell bent on destroying every shapeshifter, since he believes they are demons. More than that, he is deeply affected to this day by the loss of his family, and he mistakenly blames the Earth spirits. Nwyfre is finally reunited with Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, after she was locked up by Patercius for 16 years. Following his reincarnation, and as the memories of his previous life return to him, especially about Patercius cruelty towards his beloved Nessie, he becomes increasingly blinded by resentment and anger. The spirits from around the world must put differences aside and work together to stop Patercius and Nwyfre from destroying each other and consequently, Earth. They are definitely my favourite characters. I love how complex they are. Neither see themselves as a villain. They believe to be doing the right thing, particularly, Patercius. I really enjoy seeing the softer side of Patercius when he is with Skye’s sister, Arwyn. At times, he feels very conflicted because physically she resembles so much Skye, a spirit, and someone he regards as a demon. But he truly believes that Arwyn is different and good. Even though Arwyn comes across as a spoiled girl in the first chapters when she is introduced, then I realise it is not really the case. She is actually very mature and she is trying desperately to understand both sides, even wanting to know who she truly is—only human or a shapeshifter. She secretly wants to have a magical power within herself, so her ending is very satisfying. Likewise, I find the relationship between Nwyfre and Nessie extremely engaging. She is his anchor and often a voice of reason—he really needs a voice of reason sometimes! Regarding the twins, Damian and Ace … initially, I thought that Ace would grow up to be like his father, who was not a very likable character, but eventually Ace wins me over all through the series. He ends up being my favourite twin, and how he and Xera become finally an item is very sweet and makes me smile. It is impossible not to like Aelshen, and his voice with a distinctive accent and unique personality, which makes him a remarkable character. He becomes a husband to the woman he loves, and together they have twins. His scenes with his young children are adorable, particularly when his son is trying to produce and expel fire like dragons do. Really fun! Skye’s relationship with Thirteen is really solid at this point. He is a great support to her, also bringing to her the comfort she needs. It will take some time for her father to stop trying to protect her, but I can tell that towards the end he is accepting her daughter’s mission and the risks that might entail at times. Overall, excellent character development. Patercius bitter sweet ending is perfect and what moves me the most. Moreover, the concept behind the purpose of the spirits’ existence is fascinating. Longing to have a human experience, and unable to be everywhere, God created the spirits to keep Earth in order and safe. That revelation is really amazing. The conclusion of series is amazing! I love stories told through different POV’s and using the present tense, so it is great to see that in this series. The mythology included is impressive, and the magic and battle scenes are exciting and beautifully described. I’m really looking forward to read more books from this talented author.
A great ending to the Spirits' War trilogy. The characters grew and developed--as all should--the details of the landscapes were on point, there was still humor/witty banter and action throughout, and all these books have an important message meant for the world. If you want a good YA Urban Fantasy read, check out this trilogy!
I thought this was a great ending to Wilson's Spirits' War trilogy.
Throughout the book, as well as the series, the characters developed wonderfully to take the story to its ultimate climax. The characters are very human in their behavior, and the author shows how even heroes have flaws, which I always appreciate in fictional characters.
I loved how Wilson incorporated the spiritual world into a modern environment and showed how everyone has a duty to the world, even if they don't immediately know it or know how to help.
There's also a good amount of fight and battle scenes in this, so it keeps the action going.
It's a great read if you enjoy urban fantasy/fantasy with meaning!