Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 278 pages
Publisher: Annette Marie
Release Date: March 27, 2015
Stand Alone or Series: 3rd book in the Steel and Stone series
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the third book in the Steel and Stone series by Marie. I just love this YA urban fantasy series! This whole series has a wonderful world, with wonderful characters, tons of action, interesting magic, and some romance. I have devoured all of these books and find them incredibly hard to put down.
Piper returns from boarding school only to have her home Consulate burnt down around her. When she wakes up she finds that she has been kidnapped by her mother and the Gaians. The Gaians want to unlock Piper’s sealed magic and offer Piper the chance to help lead the Gaians in a rebellion against the Consulate. However when the seal on Piper’s magic is broken things don’t go as planned and her very life is at stake. Now Piper and crew must go on a quest to find a healer who can help her control her magic. It’s a quest that will answer many questions about Piper’s past.
This has been such an excellent series. I love the characters, the world, and the magic. The book is incredibly easy to read and super hard to put down.
I will admit a bit part of what makes this book wonderful is Piper’s relationship with Ash, the Draconian. Ash is still such a mystery and such an interesting character. The scenes between the two of them are absolutely engrossing and captivating.
Piper is an amazing character as well. She goes through many trials and much pain in this book, but some of things we learn about her abilities and past are amazing. This is one of those series where things just get more and more interesting the longer you read it.
I love this world with Earth, an Overworld, and an Underworld. This book expands on our understanding of these planes of existence. You find out more history behind this world and behind the conflict between the Overworlders and the Underworlders.
The action scenes are amazingly written; it’s so easy to picture what is happening and the story is absolutely edge-of-your-seat engaging. Additionally there is a lot of humor in here and witty dialogue that make the book very entertaining.
Overall this is just a perfect urban fantasy read. This book is a perfect blend of interesting world-building, amazing characters, action, romance, and fascinating magic. Really this book just has it all. Right now this is one of my favorite urban fantasy series and I am dying to read, Reap the Shadows, when it releases. This whole series is highly recommended to urban fantasy fans.