Review: The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost

Reviewed by Jen

Jeaniene Frost goes out big with this final book in her Broken Destiny series, though really, when you’re talking about an epic fight between ancient factions of good an evil, anything less would be a total letdown. This third installment picks up right on the heels of book two, where our hero Adrian has betrayed his wife yet again. It’s in his Judean blood… it’s his destiny… but this second betrayal is almost worst than the first one because A) they’re married now and B) he does it for love. On one hand, there’s no doubt of his devotion, but on the other, you just want to shake the guy for being so thickheaded. Then the waiting begins for the other shoe to drop.

This book follows our couple on their search for the final holy relic that can defeat the demons and free their human slaves. Unfortunately, Adrian’s really leading them on a wild goose chase for a while; he just wants to protect Ivy from the unavoidable death she’ll face if she tries to wield the spear. Of course, the truth comes out–it always does, and these two have to come to terms with their conflicting priorities.

There’s a lot of action and the plot moves at a good pace. The romance is really more of the same from book two, which is both good and bad, depending on how you look at it. It doesn’t really tread any new ground, but if you liked this dynamic in the last installment, you’ll probably enjoy it again. There are some good sexy times and a fair amount of teeth gnashing, but the growth is less about the relationship and more about the main characters as individuals. That is to say, Ivy must grapple with whether she wants to sacrifice her life for others and Adrian must determine whether he is capable of overcoming his destiny to let his wife follow her chosen path.

There are times it feels a little trite or kind of on the nose with the religious themes, the self-determination and sacrifice. Ivy comes off a bit too good to be true here and there. And there’s a special bonus for her and Adrian that defies explanation a bit. But the ending is sure to satisfy anyone who has stuck with the books from the beginning. I thought it was the best in the trilogy. (This is not a standalone, BTW. If you want to try the series, start with The Beautiful Ashes, book one, but be warned, it feels a lot closer to YA/NA than the series ends up.)

Though Frost’s Night Huntress books and spinoffs are a bit more in my lane, I’m glad I gave these books a try and followed through to the end. It was worth the read.

Rating: B

*ARC provided by publisher

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The Brightest Embers
by Jeaniene Frost
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin

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