Truth of Embers, by Caitlyn McFarland
Series: Dragonsworn Trilogy, Book 3
Release Date: December 14, 2015
Rating: 3 out of 5
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Months after bonding with Rhys, Kai is finding her place among the Wingless—humans who have heartsworn to dragons. Determined to help her new people, she’s delving deep into her magical training and is the first Wingless to ride into battle with her dragon mate.
Going against customs as ancient as dragons, Rhys is forming his own vision for dragonkind. But the Council have plans of their own that don’t include a Wingless queen. Meanwhile, the war with Owain is finally here and the fight for control of dragonkind could destroy everything—including humanity itself.
When unbreakable bonds are torn asunder, Kai and Rhys will learn exactly how deep their love goes. The battle has begun, and no matter what happens, this one will be the last. If they can’t come together, their lives are forfeit—as well as every other life they hold dear.
I have been anticipating the finale of Caitlyn McFarland’s “Dragonsworn” trilogy since the moment I finished the second book, but I suspect I got my hopes up a bit too high. Which is not to say that this is not a very enjoyable read, just that there were certain things I was anticipating that did not come to pass.
What I’ve realized, in reading Truth of Embers, is that this trilogy is not a romance trilogy. It’s a fantasy/urban fantasy trilogy with lots of action and suspense and drama, and also a bit of romance. Because Truth of Embers isn’t about Rhys and Kai, or Juli and Ashem (and Kavar), but is instead about dragon vs dragon, about intrigue, and about betrayal. It’s a fantastic read, just not the romance I was expecting.
A lot had to happen in this novel, and Caitlyn really jumped right in, rushing through plot after plot so quickly that I felt a bit of literary whiplash. Rescues take place, drama happens, wars are planned. After the careful pacing of the first two books, it felt very rushed, and I didn’t get a chance to really process what had just occurred before something else was suddenly thrust into the spotlight.
Like I said before, the novel was enjoyable. And the trilogy as a whole is fantastic, blending dragons and modern-day humans in a brilliant way. But I think the conclusion didn’t hold up to the first two books in the way that I wanted it to.