Friday, 25 April 2014

The Rising King (Keepers of Life #3) by Shea Berkley

The Book
Release Date: 23 April 2014

The summer before Dylan Kennedy’s senior year in high school is turning out to be anything but boring. Ridiculously hot girlfriend? Check. Killing evil Dark Souls who suddenly have aspirations of taking over the magical realm of Teag because its protective spell is gone? Check. Not even Teag’s King, Dylan’s father, Baun, can stop them. People are dying, and a dark magic that his girlfriend, Kera, received from Baun is growing stronger. Dylan wants to believe Kera is suppressing the darkness that’s in her, but every day he sees that control slip just a little more.

Baun sends Dylan to find a powerful magic that stop the Dark Souls, a magic so strong that Baun hid it so no one else could use it. When Dylan doesn’t expect to find along with it, are consequences that could end the lives of those closest to him.

My Opinion 4.5 STARS
** Copy provided by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for an honest review**

In this book, the last of the series, we find Dylan getting stronger and with his magic and as a character whereas Kera seems to struggle so much more with the darkness rising in her.  Everything she does though, she has an excuse for, until she doesn't know who she is an knows she needs help.

Baun turns out to be the man Dylan had thought him to be and worse, completely power hungry.

More humans die, and others show their strength in the midst of everything and show loyalty to Dylan as a friend and leader.

There are a few twists that you don't see coming and Dylan is shown again by his grandpa and grandma that he very much matters and that they love him no matter what.  They certainly let him know that they don't care what he is, he is still their grandson.

The ending is satisfying to an extent but the show-down happens all too quickly, even the last chapter, although good feels like something is missing, hence the not quite full star rating.

One the who though, this was a brilliant series to read.

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