Top critical review
on 10 July 2013
I am thrilled to say the series does actually wrap up here in the third book. I was a little worried that it wouldn't. There is so much potential to this story. I really really wanted to love it. I just really didn't. The whole thing was rushed, nothing was explained deeply enough, and though I initially liked most of the characters I didn't anymore by the end. Cora especially. Her indecision and refusal to face things made me want to shake her by the end. Both because I didn't appreciate her weakness as a character and because as a reader I wanted to see those things she avoided. Most of the other characters piqued my ire by simply refusing information that they could have provided and thereby avoided all of the drama. Cora's mother especially. Then after forcing Cora to deal with everyone's obfuscation, almost everyone was absolved in some fashion. In the end it felt like Ryan-Davis couldn't allow anyone to remain a bad guy. I felt cheated of my anger. Cora deserved to be angry at these people, so by extension did I as a reader.
I also found the book full of small inconsistencies, or matters that were unclear and I misunderstood. For example: one moment Miranda is informing Cora that women can't support dragons, the next she is claiming one of her own. One thing I can't complain about though is the writing or editing. Both were fine. All-in-all I'm fairly torn on how I feel about this one.