I have to say this is the strongest book in the Elemental Mysteries book so far. So much happens here. So much that we have been building toward! This feels like the culmination of a giant build that basically explodes off the page. That being said, don’t jump in the series with this installment. You definitely want to start at the beginning.
For sure, all of my residual angst from the events of the last book is gone. As the story begins, Gio and Beatrice are going strong. In fact, she is working her butt off to get even stronger. She wants to be ready if Lorenzo’s thugs come after her again, and she is contemplating the giant step of becoming an immortal like the man she loves.
There is so much action –especially in the second half– piled on top of mountains of intrigue. There are all of these vampire politics at play. Everyone has their own agenda. And it’s hard to know who to trust. There are sword fights and gunfire, torture and massacres. The pace only grows faster and there is no slowing down. I didn’t want to stop reading.
But the big draw here is what’s happening with our main characters. The relationship between Beatrice and Gio, of course, is huge. They are perfect together here. They make some major strides and finally gave me some of the sexy times we haven’t really seen in previous books. Beyond them, though, I loved watching the dynamics of B’s relationships with others –from the enigmatic Tanzin, to her father, to her new bodyguard. It was all captivating. The best stuff, I think, actually came from just B by herself. She has grown so much. She learns so much about herself. She makes serious choices. She endures trials. And when all is said and done, she is stronger for it all in the end.
I did miss most of the supporting characters like Carwyn, Caspar, and others. There were plenty of new characters, however, that were just as fascinating. And I want to know more about them all. Especially Baojia. There has got to be more going on there than we know about.
I can’t believe this series is almost over, but I can’t slow down now. I’m off to dive into the last installment, but not before I give this one two thumbs up –and a solid recommendation for fans of paranormal romance.
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The Force of Wind
by Elizabeth Hunter
Release Date: March 3, 2012