I should not be surprised that Magen McMinimy has yet again written a story that sucked this reader in so fast and held on so tightly that in less than two days, I had started and finished Immortal Rapture.
Many McMinimy fans have been waiting - some patiently, some not so patiently - to hear Uriah's story. The steadfast warrior who always seems to put his wants and needs second - the perpetual middle child constantly wrangling his brothers - finally got to come first. This man with a heart of gold was put through hell in previous books but stoically remained true to his brothers - blood or chosen - through some of the worst situations a person can imagine.
In the Immortal Heart series so far, readers have seen Uriah find love, deny himself that love, give in to love and then lose his love. It seems like a lot for one character to go through in such a seemingly short span of time. I was incredibly happy to see that after a particularly grievous injury he suffered in Immortal Promise, Uriah finds himself in situations that allow him to be healed in body, mind and soul. For a warrior who tends not to acknowledge just how badly he's hurting (and who can't relate to not wanting people to know you're hurt), it was such a moment of relief when he finally found what he's been looking for.
McMinimy truly has a way of never forgetting a character even when you wonder if she has. Readers got a little more closure on what happened to Immortal Blood bad guy/luck eater Zander (is it wrong I still feel the guy can be redeemed?). We also got a bit deeper look into the world of fan favorite female character Izzy. Izzy rocks some serious power in these stories, but it's her human life that drew me in from the beginning and we get to see how her having fae blood will affect her family back in the human world. It pleases me to no end when authors remember that just because a characters particular "story" is finished that their overall story still has chapters to go. Making sure that characters still carry importance from book to book in a series - even when they're not the focus - really keeps the reader caring about the world that's been created and adds so much dimension to that world. I truly feel as though the lands that McMinimy has created are places that could legitimately exist - when tours begin, I'd be first in line.
And lest you think that McMinimy has only given the reader more background on one male character they've become emotionally attached to, she's finally -- FINALLY -- begun to reward her readers for their devotion to Immortal Four brother Makyle. I can honestly admit that in each series I read there is one character that no matter what stands above all others - in this series (for me) that's Makyle. No, Makyle doesn't get his full story yet, but that's going to be a great book when he does. We do get to see more of the "human" side of the elusive Immortal. His bond with Izzy is most definitely one of my favorite parts, but seeing this seemingly standoffish, stoic, emotionless man experiencing things for the first time with the fae warriors and their mates made my day. It's not hard to write a character that doesn't care - it takes talent to turn them into someone your reader cares about.
Magen McMinimy has talent in spades. I truly hope her Immortal Heart series continues for years to come - maybe we'll get to see her do a time jump and we can see the future children finding their own ways in the world. For now though, I'll happily go back to the beginning and start the series again.