by Linsey Hall4 out of 5
Cass Clereaux has a few problems. Sure, she just saved her whole town and is now immortal, but immortality sucks. The same spell that made her immortal also takes away her magic. It’s kaput. Finito. Gone. Being a FireSoul and finding magical treasure is who she is. Now, she couldn’t find her left leg with a map. Not even if a dragon pointed the way.
To make matters worse, her concealment charm is malfunctioning. Demons are showing up left and right, trying to bring her head back to the Monster who stalks her. While Cass is on the hunt to recover her magic and learn about her past, the specter of the Monster is getting ever closer to his mysterious end goal. She’s prophesied to meet him on the field of battle—but if she doesn’t have her magic back by then, she’s dead.
Cass knows that it is inevitable, a fight between her friends and the monster they have been running from all their lives. Which makes it a very inconvenient time for Cass' powers to be handicapped by the Nullifier.
I received a free ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is so far, the shortest book in the Dragon's Gift series. And where the previous books have had individual story arcs, as well as following the series' storyline; this book is purely to do with the series, and getting some major answers along the way.
Which is probably why it's so short, there aren't any secondary themes in here.
I always like Cass, and I particularly liked that until the last book, she has snubbed her powers and done everything the mundane way, out of fear of them. With Aidan's training, she was just starting to accept her powers, when they are suddenly blocked from her.
She starts to realise how much her magic is a vital part of her, and she will go to any length to get it back.
You finally find out the truth of Cass' history, and the mysterious power she lost as a child resurfaces. (Which was really cool. I loved that even though it is an impressive power, it's more of a hindrance than a help for Cass, as she struggles to control it.)
You also discover why Victor is hunting Cass and her sisters, Del & Nix.
So yes, this book is heavy on the discovery, which is awesome after three books of increasing questions.
The threat of demons attacking every time the Nullifier power interfered with her cloaking charm became a little repetitive. I mean, it made sense and it was a constant and random threat, but it almost felt placed to add a little action when the story was getting too focused on history & details, etc.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and how the world is growing and encompassing so much more.
I have to confess I wasn't keen on the ending. Talk about cliffhanger.
It was in the middle of something, and was suddenly just stopped!