My rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
How I Got It: eBook Purchase
Publication Date: May 2018
Publisher: Jordan Rivet
Point of View: 3rd Person
Genre: YA Fantasy
At last we come to the conclusion of the Empire of Talents trilogy. And what a thrilling conclusion it was!
In this third book, we finally get to see Mica pursuing the job she always believed she wanted since the first pages of book 1--she ventures deep into the Obsidian Empire as a spy. Not just any spy either! She is right at the center of the tumultuous action in the Stone Court itself, where her smallest, split-second decisions could make or break the course of two empires.
As much as I enjoyed the twists and turns of Mica and Caleb's adventure in the Obsidian Court, my favorite part of this book was getting to finally step into Jessamyn's head. Her point-of-view is threaded throughout the book, tying the story taking place in Obsidian back to Windfast. And it was fantastic! Even as I head-smacked a few times over Jessa's decisions, I really what drove her to make those decisions, and I rooted for her even when she was sometimes on the ragged edge of becoming the villain.
Jessa and Mica's friendship/frenemy-ship is truly the heart and soul of this whole series. This remained true even though they were separated for most of this book. I loved the balance Jordan Rivet managed as she bounced back and forth between the two characters and how their stories played off each other.
The romance element is strong in this book. Mica and Caleb's romance continues to develop in sweet and heartfelt ways. And Jessamyn might finally be getting a bit of unexpected romance of her own? Just the barest beginnings, but . . . it's there, and I totally ship it.
This series was such a delight to discover. I am a huge fan of Jordan Rivet's style and characterization, and what fun to know she's got two other series just waiting for me to dive into!
Don't miss out--I've got a big giveaway coming at the end of the month exclusively for my Reader Group! You'll have opportunity to win either a print copy of The Spy in the Silver Palace or the ENTIRE trilogy on Kindle. Be sure to sign up for my Reader Group so you can enter your name.