This is my book series review for the Return of the Elves Series.
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
Return of the Elves by Bethany Adams
What I Liked:
Ralan; Best character outside of his daughter. I will not fight on this because this is my opinion. I just love reading characters with foresight and his execution was beautiful. There is something about his execution that captured me. Even his book, told from his perspective, was excellent because of his perspective.
Eri; She is the best character for me, outside of her father. She is a child with a powerful gift. She acts like a child. She acts like a child who has the gift of foresight and thinks herself capable because of it. She is innocent, and yet so knowing. I love everything about her and how others react to her.
The other Main characters: I liked them, and their perspectives.
Culture, bonds, etc; I could go into this but I think I talked about it enough. The bonds are amazing as a cultural aspect. The different cultures of the Fae are defined and explored in their own ways. The fact that when a Fae of another culture, or even the dragons, interacts with the main cast the distinction is clear.
Language; There are distinctions between the languages of the fae, even if we don’t go into it all that much.
Side Characters; All of the side characters were charming in their own ways.
Formatting; The shifting perspectives starting from book 1 only aided with the entire story. I tend to be thrown off by the fact that book perspectives switch, but when there are shifting perspectives from the first book, I’m on board.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Cora; She was just my least favorite female character. I really can’t explain why, I think this has more to do with a personality clash than anything else. Plus I really liked Ralan, so her reaction to him, his backstory, and his power irritated me.
Relationships; In general, while I did like the bonds themselves I found the timeline for all the relationships to be so fast. The bonds was a great device for the culture but acted as a way to be like: they are perfect for each other, the end. I didn’t really see much development at all for the couples (besides the couple of the last book) that had more than, since the bond exists between us nothing else matters. I would have liked the relationships to have more substance and time.
Why You Should Read:
It is a good series for readers who want romance and fantasy, as well as culture but none of the excessive detail. The plot is pretty quick and linear. The shifting perspectives are easy to follow.
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