Writing from Tynga’s Reviews again today! This time, talking about a new book from one of my favorite authors Sharon Cameron. Enjoy!
Today, I’m reviewing Flame in the Mist over at Tynga’s Reviews! Check it out!
The final book in the Lone City trilogy, Violet Lasting and the Black Key rebellion are finally ready to take the battle to the Jewel and allow all sections of society to be free from their social hierarchy. Having found out that the Duchess of the Lake has taken her younger sister, Hazel, in her place and that there are plans by the Electress to murder the Duchess’s surrogate, Violet masquerades as a lady-in-waiting for Garnet’s wife Coral and sneaks into the House of the Lake to watch out for Hazel. As the date of the planned rebellion nears, Violet also discovers that to win, there must also be sacrifice…
This last book did feel very rushed to me, which other reviewers have noted. I didn’t think the pace could speed up any more, but I was definitely wrong. Rather like Violet herself rushing into her hastily concocted plot to be a lady-in-waiting, the book flings itself headlong into an explosive conclusion. There is a lot less character development and descriptive detail and more action, possibly lending to this effect. Since Violet leaves her fellow White Rose conspirators to educate the other girls as Paladins and prepare for the Auction day melee, her boyfriend Ash too disappears from most of the story, leading his own agenda to free and empower the male companions. In the end, we also don’t get much of a sense of full resolution after things are over. I had a lot of questions: how does life go on now? How Ash/Violet last? What about Violet’s poor mother?! One of the best parts about the book was seeing a few characters get redeemed or explored further like Coral and Carnelian. Still, mostly satisfying for readers invested in the series, but could have used a more subtle development and execution.