Raine Benares was just a seeker until she ended up bonded to a rock called Saghred. After that, she had all kinds of problems. First, Saghred wanted to be fed souls and it wanted Raine to draw power for it which would drive her insane. Now, a power hungry, some what made goblin has stolen Saghred and made a deal with it leaving Raine pretty much magicless. The problem is Raine is still bonded to Saghred.
There is a solution. They have learned that Saghred can be destroyed releasing Raine from the bond. Now comes the tricky part, getting into the goblin capital, locating Saghred and getting out alive. It’s not that it’s impossible but it’s not going to be easy.
Joining Raine is Tam, former chief mage and magical enforcer to the goblin royal House of Mal’Salin; Carnades Silvanus, the best mirror mage and untrustworthy; Mychael Eiliesor, Guardian commander, paladin and special to Raine; Imala Kalis, director of goblin secret service; Prince Chigaru Mal’Salin, brother to the current king and who should be on the throne, and two of the Prince’s body guards. Or, at least that is who was supposed to be joining her. When they finally stop through the mirror, this group will have changed.
No one is sure if this is a simple plan or simply suicide. They all know it is dangerous and there is a good chance not everyone will come home alive.
This is the sixth and final book in Lisa Shearin’s Raine Benares series. This book picks up where the last book left off which is great if you’ve read all of the books. It’s not so good if you haven’t. However, there is enough background information given that you might be able to follow what is going on but it would be best if you started from the beginning. Besides, this is a great series so you really don’t want to miss any of it!
Action packed would just be understating what is in this book. Everything from magical skirmishes to sea dragons to secret passages shows up along with goblin intrigue and revolutionaries. There is nothing flat, stale or slow about any of this book. Just when you think things may slow down enough to regroup, something else comes up. The twists, turns and turn arounds are awesome and keep you turning the pages to see what next or how are they going to get out of that. Betrayal and espionage are every day occurrences in goblin society. Well, maybe not betrayal. All in all, this is one heck of a roller coaster ride and you don’t dare get off!
In all that action are spots of humor and off the wall comments. Those moments are needed as the action can get intense. As Tam, Raine and Mychael try to get Tam’s old teacher to help them, his reply is “There is not enough money to pay me to take this job. But anything that ends with publically humiliating and killing Sarad Nukpana? Hell, I’ll do that for free.” Nothing like a little irrelevance to lighten up the mood. These little one or two liners a like hidden gems and add an extra dimension to this story filled with fighting and death.
The characters are superb. Tam’s family gets introduced. His mother is an excellent assassin and his father has been leading the rebels. Tam has a lot of apologizing to do and he doesn’t do humility well. Raine isn’t too sure about not having magic while Mychael just wants to get rid of Saghred and to stay alive. Each character brings something unique and special into the mix. Some of their special abilities will help keep them and their group alive. And, some of the characters even shock the other characters. It seems Tam’s son, Talon, definitely takes after his father, much to Tam’s mother’s delight.
The world that this story is set in is complex and well thought out. From different societies based on racial types; goblins, elves, and such, to an entire island set up as a school for mages and Guardians. Prejudices abound as some don’t think the races should intermingle, much less reproduce. Also, Guardians are all male but there are some determined female mages who are trying to change that. Complex and complete, this world is alive and interactive.
I couldn’t wait until this book came out and yet I dreaded it too. I wanted to know what was going to happen next in this saga but I also knew this was the last book of the series and I didn’t want it to end. What a dilemma!
So, was this the book I was hoping for? Most definitely, yes. I started it and couldn’t bear to put it down. I was in the action and couldn’t wait to read what would happen next. I was thrilled with meeting Tam’s family. Talon and Piaras, a young friend of Raine’s, entertained me with their antics and their heroics. Tam’s old teacher was the perfect comic relief and was everything I could have hoped for. The surprises and the drama had me wondering if Ms. Shearin could make this story any better and with each page she probed she could. This was a masterful ending to a fantastic series.
Now, before any fans start grieving. Ms. Shearin has said that she will be writing about this world in a new series. I can’t wait because I fell in love with so many of the characters and I hope to see glimpses of them in these new books. And now, I’m back to waiting until the next book comes out.
From national bestselling author Lisa Shearin comes a new chapter in "one of the best fantasy series currently on the market." (Night Owl Reviews)
My name is Raine Benares—and it sucks to be me right now.
I’m a seeker who found the Saghred, a soul-stealing stone that gave me unlimited powers I never wanted. Now I’ve lost the rock—and the magic it gave me—to a goblin dark mage whose main goals are my death and world domination. This is more than incentive enough for a little trip to the goblin capital of Regor with a small band of good friends, not-so-good friends, and one outright enemy. Don’t ask. All we need to do is destroy the Saghred, kill the mage, and put a renegade goblin prince on the throne. Did I mention I’ll be doing that with no magic?