Rating: 4 stars
An army is half way to Glacium.
And not just any army – it belongs to my mother.
Time is running out as I rush to prevent a war which will kill thousands; The Solati people, my brothers, and the many Bruma I’ve come to care for.
Yet it appears preventing this interworld war is just one snowball in an avalanche of problems as the situation in Glacium becomes volatile and destructive. My various identities hover on the edge of discovery forcing me to consider drastic action, and questions I’ve had since the abrubt end of the peace delegation are answered.
The two halves of me tug in opposite directions. The Tatuma of Osolis knows what she should do, and the Olina of Nowhere Special finally knows what feels right.
What it really comes down to is, am I brave enough to follow my heart?
My Review:I was happy to return to this fantasy world. I decided I wanted a book I would be sure I would enjoy after I just DNF the previous book I attempted to read. And returning to this series was a great decision. I quickly got sucked back into the story and I really enjoyed this book from start to ending. Book 2 ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and in this book we get to see what happens next.
I wasn’t sure what I had expected to happen next after the ending of book 2, but this wasn’t it. It was really interesting reading how things progressed and especially how Olina handled it all. She has changed and grown so much in this series and this book is another very important step in her character development. She embraces her role as future ruler a bit it seems, she takes responsibility and makes some big decisions. There is also a decision she makes and I enjoyed seeing how she handled it and how everyone reacted to the news.
I also liked how in this book we get to see more of the side characters from previous books. And it feels like almost everyone has a role here, which was great. I enjoyed seeing more of the side characters again and how they were doing. This author writes such a great cast of side characters! I also was happy to see more of Olandon in this book and there are some important changes in his character as well, which I enjoyed seeing. There are some side plot lines that come to a conclusion in this book and some other plot lines that continue and even some new ones that are started. While the book might feel a bit gentle paced at times, which totally works here, there is a lot going on.
Olina goes through some amazing character development in this series and I think I say this in every review for this series so far. But so far in every book she has changed as a person and every book presents her with new challenges and decisions and she continues to change. It really is amazing to see and she really grows into her own as the series progresses and every time I think she has found her place there is more to happen. There were a few things I wasn’t 100% sure about that she did, but I liked reading how it all played out and in some cases she might not go about things the right way, but I could see why she went this route and in the end I am glad she did what she did.
There also was a bit of romance in this book and while at first I wasn’t as sure about it, I am totally rooting for this couple now. Although this book did have some moment where I wanted to push their heads together and have them kiss instead of the half misunderstandings and avoidance and trying to do the right thing. I get why they acted that way, but at the same time I just want them to be together. But there were some great scenes that totally made up for the slightly frustrating ones. And by the end, I just hope they keep following this trend in this next book. They still have some things to work through together and I hope to see some of that in the next book.
To summarize: Fantasy of Fire is a great third book in this amazing fantasy series. I easily got sucked back into the story and I really enjoyed this book. There are some interesting plot developments in this book. There are also some side plot lines that got resolved, others that continue and some new ones that pop up. I wasn’t sure what I had expected to happen in this book, but I am sure it wasn’t this. The book had some great twists and surprises. One of my favorite parts is seeing how Olina develops over the course of the series, it’s awesome to see how she changes in each book. There are new challenges and decisions she has to make in this book and I enjoyed reading how she handled it all. There is a bit of romance as well, by now I am fully invested in this couple and while there are some frustrating scenes there are also some beautiful and touching ones. I am looking forward to see how book 4 wraps this series up!