Author: Lexi Ander
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Everything Tristan, Ushna, and Brian have fought for comes down to the moment they face Inanna and Marduk. Before then, Ushna must embrace his destiny and be transformed by Tiamat. But he returns with a fractured mind and will need the help of the new firebird or he’ll be lost to the insanity of a primordial God. If he’s lost, so is the balance Brian and Tristan sorely need.
Tristan has vowed to care for his ex-Flame, Theo Sullivan, who is doomed to forget more and more with each use of his new ability. When not dealing with his stubborn ex, Tristan must free the warriors stolen by the government and devise a trap for Inanna.
And that’s only the start of the challenges, and everything that can still go wrong.
Review: For Tristan, Ushna, and Brian everything seems to happen at once. They’ve been building up to a showdown with the Gods, and they’re on the eve of battle. Of course that eve is pretty darn busy. Also, Tristan, Ushna, and Brian aren’t battling the Gods alone. They’ve got the help of some of the other Gods and a bunch of their friends. There’s also questions about who is and who isn’t an enemy. Everyone seems to have their own agenda. Even among Tristan, Brian and Ushna. These guys have been fated to be together for millennia yet they still can’t escape macho posturing amongst themselves. Then there are other people whose stories are bittersweet and we finally get to understand slights from long ago. Theo really isn’t the monolithic evil he appeared to be for so long. As busy as everyone is, the battle with the Gods is going to happen and everything boils down to a need for trust.
Okay, this book was a little chaotic. And yeah, that’s a cool play on words and all, but it did feel that way. So much happened in this book. Like really so much. I feel I need an excess of modifiers and exclamation points to stress how much happened in this book. And this is the heart of the problem I always seem to have with the endings of series: the wonderful slow build up of the whole series has to be dealt with. All the loose ends need to be tied off and all the mysteries need to be solved. All at once. I always feel a little robbed.
Quite a bit of this book was about Theo and Nathan. This makes sense as they’ve done so much to hurt Tristan during this lifetime in particular. Reading Nathan’s POV was a little jarring for me. We had so much hurt from Tristan because of Nathan then we’re suddenly with Nathan and Daniel Sullivan?!?! This was a fascinating reminder of the fact that not everything is about Tristan, or even about Tristan, Ushna, and Brian. Secondary characters all imagine themselves the heroes of their own stories, and here we got to see some of that. I’m still not much of a Nathan fan, though. His bad side was just too convincing.
Now, after all this time it’s over. Tristan, Ushna, and Brian are finally together, Marduk and Inanna got pwned, and it’s time to heal. There is finally normalcy. Well, as normal as it can get for a group of people who underwent the changes that took place over the course of this series. There were a lot of changes! And I’m sad it’s all over. This book was good even if I thought it felt a bit too overstuffed. This series was fun, and I’m glad I read it.