At the end of the 7th (disappointing) book of this series, the final destined bride of the eight Corvis brothers stepped through a magical portal to at last meet face to face her destined mate. Yet on her arrival to Nightfall Island Hope O'Niell; Queen Kelly's best friend from Earth reveals some totally unexpected truths to her future husband, his family and her friend.
I don't want to give away Hope's secret, but boy oh boy JJ completely blindsided me with this. There is far more to Hope than anticipated and she becomes an increasingly interesting character because of the events she is involved in. But no more on Hope, I'll let you discover her juicy little secret yourself.
Of course there are three main events occurring in "The Mage"; the courtship between Hope and Morganen, the extraction of the magical fountain from Rora and the re-instatement of the Convocation of the Gods. Well JJ spends plenty of time on two of these events, but completely glosses over the ceremony to remove the fountain from Rora, which I though strange considering this risks Rora's life.
The exciting scenes featuring the Convocation of the Gods make this book, and although Hope is the leading lady in "The Mage"; Kelly is definitely the heroine of this story. If you thought she was pushy when she first arrived on Nightfall and bullied the brothers, wait until she has to deal with over three hundred Gods and Goddesses, some not necessarily in favour of the authority she wields.
The final book of "Sons of Destiny" is back to the high standard of the earlier books in this series and is filled with passion, humour, excitement and intrigue; however "The Mage" is not the conclusion of this series. Although the eight Corvis brothers are now all blissfully married and have fulfilled their destiny, this author intends to write further books featuring other characters found in the magical world she has created. Yippee!