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Review: Fragile Destiny by Suzanne Lazear

Fragile DestinyTitle: Fragile Destiny

Author: Suzanne Lazear

Genre: YA Steampunk

Series: Aether Chronicles (Book #3)

Publication Date: August 8, 2014

Format: Paperback, 432 Pages

ISBN-10: 0738739863 (Flux)

ISBN-13: 978-0738739861 (Flux)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Noli and her true love V fear the worst if the Staff of Eris—a potent Otherworld relic—falls into the wrong hands. Broken into pieces and hidden in the mortal realm long ago, the staff bestows vast powers on whoever possesses it. Ciarán, the dark king, is trying to rebuild the staff, intending to use it to install a new queen.

In a desperate effort to keep the Otherworld from falling into darkness, Noli and V plot the daring theft of a jewel Ciarán needs to complete the staff. But Ciarán is not so easily defeated. Through his devious machinations, he has set a plan in motion for a final showdown that will decide who rules the Otherworld once and for all.

Quick & Dirty: Will Noli be able to help V take back his kingdom?

Opening Sentence: “Where are we going, Quinn?”

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Noli is back and working desperately with Steven in order to stop King Brogan from putting together a missing staff. Meanwhile, Elise shows up in the otherworld and Kevighn brings her to the dark court after leaving Noli. Kevighn and the dark court are also working on finding all the pieces to the missing staff. They don’t want King Brogan to get all the pieces either.

Noli and Steven make a daring plan to steal the jewel needed to work the staff. They are successful but shocked the next day when they find out that someone else stole the fake jewel they put in place of the real one. But Brogan knows what they are up too and it leads to a confrontation that will change everything.

Normally I would provide more of the plot, but really from that point on it’s a lot of spoilers and since this is the conclusion to the trilogy, I think it’s simpler if I leave it out and talk about these books for a moment. I read the first two books in order to review the third, and while we all know steampunk is pretty hit or miss for me for the most part, I really enjoyed this series. I liked the mixing of steampunk with Fae. I adored Noli in book 1, and through most of the series. However, this doesn’t happen all the time but occasionally I find that I don’t care for the main ship. I really didn’t like Noli and Steven.

I mean to say I thought it was weird and rushed in the first book, plus with the introduction of Kevighn and his feelings for Noli, I admit I was invested in seeing if something would happen with them. It isn’t a love triangle on any level because other than the connection they have on Noli’s part there are no moments of her being torn between the two guys. So yes, I shipped something that was hinted at in the first book but never really explored. The author did keep Kevighn hanging on in all 3 books, but I am not sure why he really didn’t add to the plot nor was he an actual contender for her heart.

This last book really cemented for me that I didn’t like Steven and Noli, given his immediate reaction and response when some things happen just further made me dislike them. I am probably not the only person to feel this way, but it made the last book for me feel weird and I wasn’t happy with it. It felt like the author introduced doubts and problems and then just glossed over them for the sake of ending the book and the relationships on a happy note. So while I enjoyed the trilogy over all, I wasn’t blown away by the ending.

Notable Scene:

The little girl clutched Kevighn’s hand tightly as he led her through the Blackwoods. Dark and ominous in an entirely different way than where’d they’d been before. They were one of the oldest places in the Otherworld, filled with strange plants and even stranger creatures. If the mortal Brother’s Grimm actually possessed imaginations the worlds in their stories may have looked like this. It was also deep with dark court territory and home to many.

The Aether Chronicles:

1. Innocent Darkness

2. Charmed Vengeance

3. Fragile Destiny

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FTC Advisory: Flux provided me with a copy of Fragile Destiny. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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