Things aren't looking great for Cass Clereaux. For one, her greatest fear has come true. She's stuck in the Prison for Magical Miscreants while her nemesis, Victor Orriodor, is out in the world, putting the last pieces of his plan into place. He's wreaking havoc, all while she's stuck in a stone box, awaiting likely execution.
Fortunately, Cass has just discovered that she's the most powerful Magica in the world. She may have no control over her massive new power, but that won't stop her from using it to break out of the world's strongest supernatural prison. As for how she's going to stop Victor when she gets out? She has no idea.
To have any hope at success, Cass will have to learn to control her magic and figure out exactly what he's trying to accomplish. She's going to need all the help she can get if she wants to survive, much less save the world. Luckily for her, she's got Aidan Merrick and her sisters at her back, along with her allies in the League of FireSouls.
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"One arc concludes as another opens."
I enjoy the way Linsey wrote this series. I could easily feel and relate the connections of what Cass does here with what she's learned through the previous books. Well planned out and connected. That makes it clear how much Cass has grown as a character from the beginning of the first book. So well done!
We meet Emile briefly in the end of the previous book, we get to see him more here. He's the new friend we meet, him and Ralph and Rufus, his little friends. We also get to see our close friends; Nix, Del, Aidan, Connor, and Claire as well. And we get to see those we've worked with or against as well. This story ties together everyone and many things for Cass.
We get lots of action here. Fighting physically and magically. Sweet! I so love the artifacts seen in the story. They are all we've seen in the previous books and why they are so important. We also see some new ones. We also get a bit of additional help from mythology related to the land. Very neat as it brings a bit more magic to the world and story.
Laurel is the voice of Cass and the story for me by now. I don't even spend time mentally grading her narration as we dive in. Laurel has proven she's worthy of the mic and the story. This is a great thing to have when you're a narrator. Laurel only enhances the story as we listen as she gives voice and emotion to the words of the characters.
We pick up exactly where the previous book ended. Cass is in prison at the Prison for Magical Miscreants. It's great that things pick up and run in the first chapter. We are well adverse in who the characters are by now and Linsey moves forward with the story, not wasting time reminding us of who everyone is. Awesome! I want to get to the story and go, and that's what she does. The author also is great about not adding extra scenes to prolong the story. She's to the point that moves the plot and characters along, which means the characters grow in their actions of each scene and event. Great use of time and words.
This book concludes the major story arc with Cass and the monster. We also see an opening to Del's story and her adventures next. And I look forward to see Del in her own adventures as she'll have a different view and adventure after how this book ends.
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review at my request.
"Dragon's Gift: The Huntress" series follows Cass' quest to discover her background, learn how to fully utilize her magic, find love, and defeat evil (and save the world, of course!). The series truly is an epic quest and we follow along as part of Cass' journey. It culminates in this last volume.
The series borrows from the stories of treasure hunters (Indiana Jones, Lara Croft) and traditional stories of quests (Princess Bride, Labyrinth) and gives us a fun, fast-paced, tale of magic and loyalty. I enjoyed being a part of Cass' journey and look forward to the next series.
A few notes.... 1) The books are short and end unexpectedly. I almost think it might've been stronger to make the series into 3 books rather than 5. 2) The books would also benefit from more editing -- a number of facts are repeated over and over. The readers are smart enough to remember them the first time! And "_____ said" is really repetitive. Probably you notice it more when it's read out loud but there were a lot of places where the wording was: "_________ I said._________ Nix said. ____________ Del said." and so on. 3) Is this a YA series? The romance/sex was sweet but rated "G," and honestly pretty anti-climatic.
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