Fire Study

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Goodreads Summary:

The apprenticeship is over—now the real test has begun.

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder—able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena’s unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena’s fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before…

Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself—and save the land she holds dear.

I had a lot of problems with this book, and almost set it aside to finish it later.

I hate Yelena for so much of this book. All the angst and insecurities and isolation we normally see from characters in the second book came out here, and it really disappointed me. One of the reasons I liked Yelena so much was because she always found a way to prevail, she trusted her friends to help her, and she trusted herself. She throws all that away for the majority of this book and it’s so annoying. Also, there are so many new issues introduced that I was nervous they wouldn’t be resolved well.

And they kind of weren’t. The real baddie wasn’t too much of a surprise, and Yelena is in the parallel world while all her friends deal with the problems left in Sitia. Also, Yelena almost gives up AGAIN and resigned herself to living in this other world and never returning back to the people she loves. Everything is basically tied into a pretty little bow, but I felt like it was too easy.

Also, there was SO MUCH summary! It was ridiculously annoying and left me scanning paragraphs of the book. I mean, we’ve all read the first two books, yes mention an event to refresh our memory, but don’t give us the whole run down again, if we want that much detail we’ll re-read the books. Without so much summary I’m sure the book could have been cut down by at least 30 pages and not suffered one bit.

This one, in my opinion, was the worst of the three. And while I am still planning to read the rest of the  books set in this world, I’m going to take a break first.

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