February 7, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
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The last in the Soulfinders series, Yelena and Valek realize that unless they stop the war between their respective homelands, they’ll not be able to raise their little one in peace.
We’re dropped off right into the action of this book, with Yelena pregnant with what seems a magic eating baby, turning Yelena into a spectacularly magic-free zone after she has gotten used to having a full range of magic, and now vulnerable to all sorts of assassins who are after her.
Yelena seeks to figure out how to break the hold that Theobroma has the minds of the Sitian people, making them compliant and willing to do what the Cartel wishes them to do. Valek seeks to understand what is going on with the Commander, especially now that Valek has discovered that he has magic, a talent long buried in him. This places both Valek and Yelena, as magicians, on the Commander’s most wanted list, and as the Commander seeks to destroy both of them, Valek learns that it isn’t necessarily because he wants to, but because he has come under the control of a magician, the Commander’s absolute worse fear.
As Valek, Yelena, and all the others we have come to love throughout the trilogies come together to stop this war that could not only destroy their lives but the lives of all those who live in Sitia and Ixia, Valek and Yelena discover that there is much more to magic than anyone originally thought.
While I have enjoyed reading these series, it was a lot of reading. And I may have forgotten some points about the series along the way. I may need to reread this series again, but not for a while and at a slower pace. I loved reading about Yelena and Valek, and how they as characters grew, matured, and learned from past mistakes. There are very few people who are able to write characters in such a way, and I believe that Maria V. Snyder is one of those people. I was glad to be able to read all of these books though and to learn what happened to Yelena and Valek after the first trilogy.
What book series were you glad to reread from your childhood? Comment below and let me know!