The townspeople who on t care for her much are as safe as she can make them Host is a satisfying conclusion to the Rogue Mage series I m kinda hoping for Thorn though As a result of her new Seraphic visa and station her birth Enclave sends a metal mage emissary named Cheran to train Thorn However she immediately realizes there is than meets the eye to the pompous Cheran and she senses a underlying current of anger from him than meets the eye to the pompous Cheran and she senses a underlying current of anger from him she IS TRYING TO JUGGLE THE DEMANDS trying to juggle the A Dark Sicilian Secret demands theifferent organizations Wolf Creek Homecoming (Wolf Creek due to her new position and trying to figure out how to rescue her twin the Succubus ueen makes a reappearance threatening the ones she loves When the attack turnseadly the trapped uses that Black Beech and Honeydew: An Autobiography death power to escape his prison and he has his sights set on ThornOnce again the evilarkness led by the Dragon At the Italians Command does all it can to get a hold of Thorn and her power Its up to Thorn to stop him as she cannot call for Seraphic help without risking the town as humans alwaysie whenever a Seraph Oh Baby! draws their sword While she may not always handleiplomatic situations well she never once flinches when it comes to Her Rancher Hero (Saddlers Prairie, duty and honor in protecting others She would rather allow herself to be gravely injured than risk the human seaths A character with less strength and The Maid of Lorne determination could not have survived her perils Through the battles she learns someistressing truths about her past and who she really is as well as what her birth prophecy really means These revelations are bittersweet and many came as a shock to Thorn as well as myself I knew many things were hidden to her in her past but some of them just completely floored me The book ended with most things tied up but still left open the possibility for books The series had a slow start but id not isappoint me as it went on Thorn is really admirable character and her voice makes for a good read The Rogue Mage series is complicated sometimes to the point of being hard to follow but the story is interesting The last book How to Become a Virgin did leave a lot of unanswered uestions enough to make me wonder why she hasn t written another book to completely wrap up this story Even the things thatid get wrapped up were only half answered like what happened to Lo Lo Is Rose evil What s the Dangerous Disguise (Cavanaugh Justice, deal with the lynx What s theeal with amethyst and the wheels and the snake Why The Bosss Baby Surprise don t witches have souls Are they ever going to get souls I personally think Faith s newer series Jane Yellowrock is much better I m still feeling like a moron trying to read this series I think it has too much going on and I m having a hard time keeping track of it all Whether or not they are in Mineral City The Realm of Light or in the here not here I m still confused as shit What is up with those wheels anyway And all the eyes and the cobra There better be some answers in the next 50 pages or I m going to flip a biscuit Update bookseries finished Urgh my brain I m just going to say that Post Apocalyptic fantasy is not my cup of tea I m still not sure I understood what the hell happened If another book comes out I m going to pass The overall plot arc that began in bloodring is concluded really well in this book Most of the uestions are theragondarkness type monsters is concluded and answered Yet while im happy with this ending at the same time im not I need there to be another set of books in this world following thorn and friends theres still too many unanswered uestions about characters and the world Such as are the Seraphs really aliens Is there really a one true god in this world and will we ever see him Also I want thorn to meet said one true god Are the arkness things really just missunderstood like thorn was thinking at the end of this book Will the Seraphs leave now the war is over How will the town rebuild Will thorn have to go back to an enclave after her visa is up or will the town emand she stay will she have little kylenmage kids with thadd and who will she end up withAnd most of all what kind of supernats are lucas and cianna I want to knowwwww If theres another book I will like this one a lo. D and it will soon be free Darkness and its minions overtake the town setting off avalanches and cutting off communications At the mercy of Darkness Thorn must rally the townspeople together for only as one can they survive But her loyalty will be tested by someone she once lost to the Dark her twin sister. Close On The Heels Of Book 2 BuuuuutHunter s mythology with angels and Command Performance demons and mages is shaping up pretty excitingly buuuuuuuuuut takeseep breath the protagonist Thorn St Croix Host finishes up all the Rogue Mage books to Loveknot (Welcome to Tyler, date currently a trilogy There aren t current plans to write to the series and since this one was published around 2010 itoesn t seem like it would happen anytime soon if at allWith that in mind this book The Perfect Blend does wrap up the main arc of the initial 3 books very well You won t be left on a razor s edge when you close the book and while I m not going to put any spoilers in this review I will say this This book ends DARK This trilogy is not the feel good trilogy winner of the past few years by any means That s not a bad thing at all but it sefinitely not everyone s cup of tea The imagery in this book is incredible In the final third it reads like a modern version of Revelations with the amount of seraphs oing battle between our existence and the between time space they can flit around to We get to the source of a lot of the big bad uglies we ve been ealing with and Thorn gets some very big surprises hardly any of them good A new neo mage shows up as well with an unhealthy interest in the goings on of Mineral City Thorn has way too much to worry about without adding a possible backstabber to the ranks As if that isn t enough The Dragon has finally woken up What impressed me most in the span of these three books was how much Thorn utterly changes and grows
a character entire life living in hiding is uprooted and by acknowledging and accepting what she is as a neo mage she can never go back to it again There is an incredible sense of loss in that for her and as a reader it helps ground you in the midst of all the strangeness that is this book with the relate able feelings of irreversible change Her friendships and idea of family are pushed to the absolute brink and the town she stands in at the end of the third book is nothing like the one she rides back into at the start of the first For a trilogy that never leaves the confines of a small post Apocalyptic mining town in the Appalachians this is a huge achievement Overall I Wanted (Sealed with a Kiss don t feel this is written as tightly as Faith Hunter s Jane Yellowrock series and Iidn t exactly like seeing as much repeated imagery as I Rayuan Sang Bos [Seduced By the Boss] did be it in manners of speech certainescriptive vocabulary or location To my knowledge these aren t supposed to take place in the same universe so that Bachelor to the Rescue (Home to Dover, definitely pulled me out of the immersion of this new world than I like That being said the concepts at play here are amazing If you are a fan of anything angel related lore behind the Book of Enoch or Revelations or even some lite sci fi supernatural stuff there s a lot here for you in this trilogy The writing is fantastic as are the Secrets At Maple Syrup Farm descriptions It sneaks up on you how much you care for this cast of characters and I know I was lefteep in thought after the last page Definitely check this out It s not terribly long in terms of page count and it s very uniue It s not perfect but still a worthwhile investment Warning This review contains massive spoilers I reveal the end of the bookIn many ways this book fell into familiar patterns Darkness attacks Thorn and Co beat it only to have an even worse Darkness rise upThe book also suffers the everyone is in love with the protagonist who is in love with everyone problem I pick Eli He knows what s he s getting into and wants it anyway They seem to have genuine non mage heat induced chemistry The attraction between Thadd Thorn seems to be mostly hormonal There seemed to be in the first two books but that s not evident here Lucas apparently has great charisma but I ve never felt it Thorn knows but that s not evident here Lucas apparently has great charisma but I ve never felt it Thorn knows will never be faithful so espite shared history I The Dukes Gamble d say beone with him However I like that Thorn is not Unmasking the Marquess (Hold Your Breath, described as beautiful In fact she now has so many scars from various battles that she isefinitely not beautiful which lessens my annoyance with everyone being in lovelust with her Eli and Lucas lean tow. In a post apocalyptic ice age envisioned by Faith Hunter in Bloodring and Seraphs humans continue their fight to survive amid the warlike forces of Light and Darkness and struggle to understand the seraphic and emonic beings who have invaded their worldAfter risking her life to save the residents of Miner. Ard love I think Thadd is mostly lust and since it s completely beyond his control that helps too I enjoyed the political intrigue and the useless visaI really liked Eli s uestion about whether we and the useless visaI really liked Eli s uestion about whether we automatically assume that the Seraphs were the good guys if they were ugly and the Darkness was beautiful It is amazing that the Seraphs killed 6 billion people and yet humans assume they re good I hope the EIH is wrong I ig the idea of itas a character
Being A Religious Thing Thata religious thing that t uite what anyone expected Besides if they re right why Chatsfields Ultimate Acquisition does scripture bother Darkness I m conflicted about Hunter addressing homophobia I liked that Rupert and Audric are or less accepted but I always thought it was unbelievable that they re branding people for swearingrinking etc and yet leaving homosexuals alone Today the far right would have blamed them for the apocalypse happening in the first place Also feminists Though for a very traditional society there seems to be remarkable parity between the sexesHerein lies the end of the book Read at your perilIt was really the last 30 or so
Pages That Made The Novelthat made the novel me I Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward (Hh didn t care all that much about Rose or whether she could be rescued it actually seemed like a pressing concern in the first two books but Rupert seath was terrible and tragic His final Audric was heart breaking I loved them togetherEven so I was glad that once Rupert had Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward died he couldn t be brought back Doing so would have lessened the impact of hiseath It would have cheapened it and his sacrificeI couldn t help wishing it was a character I cared less about Lucas Failing that I would have taken Thadd I liked him a lot in previous books but his presence here was almost non existentI understand why it had to be Rupert It sets Thorn against Rose and I would imagine it at least istances Audric from Thorn Intellectually he probably knows it s not her fault but emotionally it s a ifferent story I think his How to Disappear duty would keep him bound to her but I know things will be strained between them I m not sure their friendship will survive I also think the narrative was at a point where a greater sacrifice was called for Audric is too important to the story line toie and possibly Hunter realized that Lucas wouldn t have the same impact But as terrible as Audric s life has been I wanted him to be happy And he was happy with RupertLike Thorn I hate Rose though it s no Rose s fault than it is Thorn s and intellectually I know that Rupert would have Act Like You Know died either way since the Seraphs were already going into heat He was beyond saving and had Rose not taken his life hiseath would not have been as meaningful and they may have fallen to the Dark But irrational as it is I blame her Rupert s A Guide to Americas Sex Laws death was necessary butamn if it Agewise doesn t hurt like hell I struggled through this one andidn t enjoy it nearly like I id the previous two in the series Did you ever go to the movies and buy a too big popcorn then find yourself 30 minutes later giving a ueasy look at the bottom of the empty bucket and thinking jeez why id I That s how I feel after reading this series It was entertaining but not at all nutritious and I shouldn t have overdone it like that Hahahahahahahaha Thorn gets a new buddy in Host This one was sent from her former home the New Orleans Enclave Yes the one that threw her out in the first place Cheran Jones is a prissy and arrogant metal mage whose A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World duty is to instruct Thorn in the arts ofiplomacy Apparently she s not polished enough to represent the neo mages in Mineral City even if she s been too busy hiding killing Anthropology as Cultural Critique demon spawn and containing the Dragon to worry about media relations Along with the Seraphs the Earth Invasion Heretics her ex husband the town preacher and all the colorful cast members in the series Thorn must nowefeat the succubus ueen if they are to live to see another Anyone dayI like Thorn She tries too the right thing she really really oes But when the right thing is asinine or completely objectionable she redefines the meaning of right to ensure that her loved ones her friends and even. Al City from a fallen seraph of the underworld Thorn St Croix finds herself finally accepted albeit warily Not so the mage who arrives from the Council of Seraphs and who could be her greatest ally or her most angerous foeBut a terrible Boggs danger threatens Mineral City The bonds of the Dragon have been loose.