Release date: January 5, 2016
After a devastating attack on the Northern capital, Prince Raserion has taken everything from Katelyn Kestrel . . . everything but her will to fight back and save the people of Haven. Out of the ashes of a burning city, Prince Varion, ruler of the Northern Kingdom, resurfaces, intent on ending the seven-hundred-year war once and for all. But he can’t succeed without Katelyn’s help. She has the powerful ability to find anything she seeks—even the enemy himself, Prince Raserion. While the two armies gather strength for one final showdown, Katelyn finds herself on the frontlines of war, pinned between right and wrong, friend and foe, life and death. With Haven’s fate hanging in the balance, Katelyn’s struggle will not only decide her future, but the future of the broken Kingdom of Lastland.
Lastland was a book that could have gone so many ways – there were so many paths that were possible for this story to take. And for all I imagined, I couldn’t predict how good this would be. My worry at the end of Monarch was unsubstantiated. This book delivered more than promised and kept me hanging on each word. The story starts off with Kat chasing down the Western forces to retrieve Rune, and after success, she and Varion team up to take out Raserion for once and for all. The biggest motivator for Kat is, of course, the threat that he poses to Haven and so, even though she doesn’t trust Varion entirely, she allies with him to seek peace for her Haven.
The war rages on about the middle of the book and that’s where the pace drops. It’s all strategy for a while, and was about to start getting boring, when we move towards the main showdown. Kat goes above and beyond her powers, and I was honestly terrified what turn the book would take. The writing painted a very vivid image of war – and when we reach Haven, it goes to newer heights. The ending was, unexpected, to say the least. It was a good resolution to the story and honestly, very well deserved towards our characters. It also settles the world really well, and gives hope for a happily ever after, just slightly marred by remnants of war.
As for this series, it has been a delight. It has been unexpected and surprising, but in a good way. It kept me engaged and hooked, and I have devoured each of them until my eyes hurt from lack of sleep. (Which means it was that awesome) It was such a good start to the year for me, and the world-building, characters, and storyline have been nearly flawless. The romance was also, finally, given it’s due – still in the background, but with a better understanding of Rune. Kat is still drawn to wounded people, but perhaps that her real nature – to see the whole of people and kindle hope in them. Just amazing, in short.
Received a free galley from Alloy Entertainment via Netgalley; this does not influence my opinions or the review.
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