The last book in the Legends of the Tri-Gard series. For the others, check here.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Mastery of Earth by Michelle Bryan & M. Lynn
Synopsis From The Book
What if you were able to have someone you love back from the dead?
Reunited, they should be stronger than ever, but none of them have returned to the palace the same.
When the man she loved died, Rissa had a choice: fall apart or let the anger take control.
Her hatred, her need for vengeance filled every part of her, turning her from sarcastic princess to unashamed killer.
But now Davion is back. Will he recognize the girl he left behind?
As they return home to a kingdom on the brink of war, Trystan, Davion, and Rissa realize the magic they sought means nothing if they don’t have the right people to wield it.
A rescue mission. A siege. And the greatest battle Dreach-Sciene has ever seen.
The quest is over, but the war has just begun.
Short Synopsis By Me
They have been changed; this much is certain.
For Trystan, he is King. He always knew he was heir, dreamt of it and thought of it as some far off possibility than an actuality yet he became one upon the death of his father. He holds the weight of the country on his shoulders, one he thought he was prepared for but did not understand the true pressure.
For Rissa, she has killed. Her arrows have shot true, and her magic is with her. She has let anger consume her after her grief, and has become a killer through and through. She is no longer the protected princess that everyone tip toes around, but a weapon to be reckoned with.
For Davion, he is scared. His mind has been messed with and filled with false memories that he must discern between: truth or lie. Everything he thought he knew, loved, and hated, are mixed together in a spiral that drives him crazy. Only he can not let others see, for what if their trust is fake.
Drench-Sciene stands at the cusp of war, ready to break at any moment. Even with their magic back, the peace they hoped for may vanish still. They have been changed, and despite that, can they still save their country like they set out to do so long ago?
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Okay third book, here we come. I am excited for you, and worried for you all the same. I have not read the ending, like a good reader. I have instead looked at this book and hoped it would turn out beautifully. I trust it to turn out well, after how M. Lynn’s Rapunzel series turned out.
Here’s to hoping!
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
That ending was great. Actually great. Its not often that I can say that and truly I think I like this book better than book 2. So, it is safe to say this book series only gets better as it progresses, in my opinion at least. What I expected to happen did happen, and it made the book all the better for it.
Trystan and the others have to fight a war. This book essentially deals with all the things they have to do: Save Davi’s cousin, visit the people to make them believe, train in magic, protect against a siege, fight the end war. Trystan, Rissa, and Davi live happily ever after.
What I Liked:
The War; I loved the way that this war progressed. It made sense, was pretty predictable in truth, but it was well written. A well written war, is always entertaining to read. Additionally the brutality of the war was appreciated.
Davi’s Mental Battle; The fact that he has to determine what was real or not at all times, and how everyone who matters is willing to trust him and work with him is brilliant.
Relationship endgame; enough said.
Magic; I do not like soft magic systems but this one worked in its vagueness.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Perhaps had a bit more information on the other parts of Dreach-Sciene: Sona, Alderwood, during the war at least.
Why You Should Read:
It is a well written conclusion to the end of the series. It is well worth the read and if you have gotten this far, I recommend it with flying colors.
Time Taken To Read
“That’s okay. I have enough trust for both of us.” Trystan to Davi
“Truwa Brathair.” “Trust Brother.” – More often between Trystan and Davi than anyone else.
” Could he rule two kingdoms?
No. That was the answer.
But they weren’t asking him to do that. He wouldn’t be king of Dreach-Sciene and Dreach-Dhoun.
‘Dreach,’ he said, reverence tinging his tone. ‘We are one people.’ ” – Trystan to General Mack after the war.