Reading Level: Young Adult
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Release Date: April 6, 2017
Stand Alone or Series: 3rd book in the Red Winter series
Rating: 5/5 stars
“Once, Emi believed the heavenly gods were righteous and wise, while the earthly yokai spirits were bloodthirsty and evil. But with a traitorous deity poised to destroy her world, and the yokai standing as humanity’s only defense, the lies of her upbringing have toppled to reveal a far more terrifying reality.
Despite the looming threat, Emi can’t escape her greatest distraction: Shiro, the fox yokai who has so deftly claimed her heart for his own. Soon—too soon—she will have to break the curse that binds his magic and memories. And once the ancient power inside him awakens, the yokai she loves will be changed forever.
As the earthly gods gather to wage war against the heavens, Emi and Shiro must gamble everything to turn the tide against their immortal, all-powerful foes. Together, they will find a way to save her world—even if it means losing each other.”
This is the third, and final, book in the Red Winter series by Marie. This was an amazing book and an amazing conclusion to this series. Definitely my favorite book in this series. I still didn’t enjoy this series quite as much as Marie’s Steel and Stone series; however it was still a very good series.
This book jumps right into action. There is so much amazing magic and fighting right away. The pace of the book is relentless and it took my breath away at points.
Marie not only makes amazing characters (all of the characters in this book are spectacular…even the side ones) but she builds a phenomenal world that complete engrosses the reader. Additionally I am always incredibly impressed with Marie’s ability to write action scenes; some of the battle scenes are incredibly complex and Marie does an amazing job of making these action scenes exciting, easy to follow, and easy to picture.
Emi really blossoms as a character in this book; she continues to have a quiet toughness that is impressive. In this book she really changes, grows, and finds her own place. Shiro is amazing as well; he gets more and more interesting as the series progresses. Then there are all of the other yokai and gods we meet; they are all intriguing and impressive.
Overall this was a phenomenal conclusion to this series. I was incredibly impressed with this book and enjoyed it immensely. I will definitely continue reading Marie’s series as she writes them and can’t wait to see what she writes next.
This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
– Goodreads Reading Challenge