K. A. Riley
After her sister’s (Lyrrin) betrayal following the ending of the deadly Blood Trials, Leta is living a life of luxury with the handsome Prince Corrym. She has everything she’s ever wanted; jewels, riches and the love of the prince. And yet, there’s a voice in the back of Leta’s mind telling her that not everything is as perfect as it seems. As she reluctantly listens to the voice, she begins to realise that the voice is right; the prince is using his Blood Gift to bend her to his will. Leta finds the courage to escape the castle, and to try to return to her childhood home at the base of the Onyx Rise – only to run into a Fae tracker. It’s not long before her entire world is turned upside down; and everything she was believed was true were nothing but lies crafted to protect her and Lyrrin. Will Leta discover her strength with the help of the tracker, or is she simply walking straight towards a future in which she’s the deliverer of chaos and destruction?
Of Flame and Fury is the third book in Riley’s Fae of Tíria series; and where the first two books were narrated by Lyrrin, this is narrated entirely by Leta. In places, the story runs parallel with the second book, A Crown Broken, before it overtakes the events that took place in that novel. And, this is a book that’s jam packed of twists, turns and sex – pretty much from the first page. Not everything is destined to run smoothly for Leta Martel, from the moment Lryinn is selected to compete in the Blood Trials in A Kingdom Scarred. She’s bound for betrayal, revelations, love, hate and to wield great, unimaginable power.
With as many bumps in the road that Leta and Lyrinn encounter, the ending of Of Flame and Fury was somewhat disappointing. From the moment the sisters are reunited, things seem to fall into place, relatively easily. The final battle should have been something epic, on a scale so huge that Fae and humans alike would have been feeling the ramifications for millennia. At one point, I was hoping that the Martel sisters’ story would be ending in a fourth book, told from both of their perspectives as they prepare for battle – as it was, the ending felt rushed and underwhelming.
Despite that, though, the Fae of Tíria series is quite possibly Riley’s best yet. The fact that Riley has moved away from the post-apocalyptic teenage stories they’re more well known for, is something to be celebrated. The world Riley has created within this series is rich, wide and devastatingly beautiful and dangerous with characters – both heroic and villainous – that are larger than life. It’s a world I would love to get more and more lost in, again and again. I hope this isn’t the end of the realm of Kalemnar, as it still has so much to offer.
I reviewed Of Flame and Fury through my own volition.
Of Flame and Fury is available now on Amazon, and is available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited.