Final book in the Return of the Elves series. For all see 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…
Abyss by Bethany Adams
Synopsis From The Book
A mage out of her element
After five hundred years as a magic teacher, Selia thought she’d seen everything. But nothing prepared her for the chaos of her assignment at Braelyn. Assassings, rogue princes, and a grown half-human student — all had caught her off guard. Now things have settled down, and her life has begun to take on a sense of normalcy. Until her seemingly dead husband reappears astride a dragon with a dire warning about Earth.
A adventureer far from home
For seven years, Aris was held captive on the isle of dragons, hidden so well that only his captor knew of his presence. But when a dragon claims him as her rider and flies him away on an urgent mission, Aris isn’t certain he wants to return home. Tortured and scarred, not even thoughts of his lost family renew his desire for life. Unfortunately, death isn’t on the table — not with danger threatening multiple worlds.
A widening abyss
Life might have settled on Moranaia after Prince Kien’s death, but the rogue prince hasn’t gone to his death as quietly as his people believed. As poison seeps into a crack in Earth’s energy field, a greater catastrophe looms. Now a dragon, a broken adventurer, and an uncertain mage are the only ones who stand in the way of disaster.
Short Synopsis By Me
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
This is the last book of this series, and accidentally I read the Novella out of order. I don’t know what to expect with this book. It makes place from a perspective not touched in the first novels. I still am a bit intrigued. Estimated time is 2 hrs.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
I liked how this book was in many aspects. It was not a bad conclusion but it did leave me with a few questions. In truth my mind is mostly blank after reading it, for good or for bad.
Aris is saved by his bonded dragon, Kezari, from the would be soulbound Perim. She saves him to save Earth. They find Lyr and the others at his home. Aris sees his family for the first time. The Earth is confirmed to be having a massive magic leak. Aris’ body and mind are healed, from the seven years of torture, and they save Earth.
What I Liked:
The dragon are very other. This is to say they don’t act like elves. They don’t act like Fae or Humans. Kezari was perfectly dragon and perfectly other when compared to the others. As is the dragon culture: so other.
Selia and Aris are really cute.
I liked how we got a glimpse at some of the perspectives from past books once more.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Mental Trauma; In the books Aris has sever mental trauma. He was tortured for seven years and over the course of a few days this trauma is healed by magic mind healing. Now there was already healing, and I knew that this was a possibility. It just rubs me a bit in the wrong way because his trauma was so real and justified but everyone just wanted him to get better — magically better. Personally I just didn’t like how he got better.
Why You Should Read:
You really don’t have to. The series is over with the first three + novella. This is just an added bonus that isn’t completely necessary. It adds a lot in terms of dragons and relationships on Morania, but that’s about it.
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