Back in the Erdemen royal palace, Kemen begins training Elathlo, the young Tarvil heir. His own life and love are finally peaceful. Elathlo, however, is terrified of Kemen and his future on the tundra, making him the perfect target to pressure in a plot against Hakan. Because of a boy’s fear and a traitor’s anger, Kemen may lose everything he loves.
Elathlo must face his fears and defy the traditions of his people if he hopes to be the leader his people need.
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“This book is yet again different from the previous two in the series, but it’s a satisfying read nonetheless.
Elathlo is froma different world, a harsher world where strength matters more than all else. Being brought to Erdem and training under Kemen is culture shock for him on multiple levels. Watching him grow from a terrified boy into a confident young man, through the various trials he had to face, was uniquely satisfying.
And of course seeing Kemen get even more of the happy ending he deserved was just The Best.”
“Reader thoughts: I loved seeing Elathlo’s confidence grow as he got to know Kemen and Erdem better. Kind words and good food do a lot for a soul, and he has his own ideas about how the nations could work together. Elathlo matured enough to realize violence is a worse answer than negotiating and why that was so. Kemen is so full of kindness and honor and hard work. He makes Elathlo train hard and learn much, but he always treats Elathlo with the utmost patience and trust. “He is cunning but not devious.” Ria and Lani are great, too! Their roles aren’t central but still important. Kemen isn’t perfect, and he needs his friends. They were fully-realized characters I would have liked to see more of, but this worked.
Writer thoughts: The actual dangers in this book were side plots to the main story/conflict. Elathlo and his grandfather were the main concern, and what it really takes to be a leader and earn respect. This means this book isn’t an adventure with some complicated relationships thrown in. This is a book about relationships (family and cultural) with a few adventures thrown in.
It’s most interesting because book 1 was heavy on fighting and crowning the rightful king. Book 2 was mostly about a love story and the trust between two people. Book 3 is different again, showing what happens when cultures clash and when grandsons aren’t anything like what a grandfather expects/wants. So, political adventure, romance, then coming-of-age? And the author makes this combination work well in her trilogy.
This trilogy is all first person, which is my favorite pov. So, I like that part, too.”
“Honor, Courage & Integrity
These qualities are reflected in the lives of the lead characters of this great series. You will learn methods of leadership that incorporate these ideals as you read through this 3 book series. I recommend this series highly!”
“Truly excellent. I’m entirely impressed with this author’s ability to bring you into a genuinely intimate relationship with these characters – all of whom are fully fleshed & breathing in my imagination. I can’t recommend this series highly enough!”