Published by Balzer + Bray on February 28th 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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An Empress Fighting for Her CrownAfter three long years in exile, Nalia is ready to return to her homeland and sit on the throne that is rightfully hers. But the gods might have other plans. Forced to endure untold horrors on the journey to Arjinna, Nalia learns that it will take more than cutting down the tyrant Calar to get her crown.
An Army Fighting to SurviveRaif’s return to Arjinna as the commander of the revolution against Calar and her army isn’t as smooth as he’d hoped. Though he has more soldiers than ever before, his love for Nalia is losing him the trust of his comrades...and the war. But little does the resistance know that insurrection is brewing among Calar’s own ranks—and from the one person she trusts the most.
A Land Worth Fighting forArjinna is dying—Calar’s evil experiments with dark magic and the strength of her own psychic powers threaten to destroy the land of the jinn. Is Nalia and Raif’s enduring love enough to transform and rescue their homeland? Will they be willing to save the realm, no matter the cost?
By now, you may know that I am a big fan of the Dark Caravan Cycle by Heater Demetrios. Exquisite Captive is “a story of passion, of pain and ultimately of the power that can be found in freedom.” and Blood Passage is filled with “precise detailing, inspiring character growth and absolutely gorgeous writing”, making it an equally fabulous sequel. It’s no wonder that I went into the final book in the trilogy with exceedingly high expectations. All I wanted was for Nalia and Raif to finally find happiness after sacrificing so much for their home and for their people. Over the first two books in this series, I’d become invested in the stories of these characters, their lives and their fight for survival.
II want to start off by saying how amazing it was to finally be in Arjinna. After spending “Exquisite Captive” in dark and sexy Los Angeles and “Blood Passage” in the stunning beauty of the Moroccan desert, it was so wonderful to finally be swept away to the magical land of Arjinna that I’d been hearing so much about. Demetrios created an enchanting and mysterious land that allowed me to really immerse myself in to the myth and legend of the world. From the Forest of Sighs and the Qaf Mountains, to the cauldron at Ithkar and the Ghan Aisouri Palace. There is so much to fall in love with in Arjinna…and I fell hard.
Freedom’s Slave is the continuation and conclusion of Nalia’s journey to discover her destiny and in this third book, I felt like she had finally come into her own and taken control of her future. This growth came with some serious sacrifice on her part and it’s evident that she has taken the responsibility laid upon her as her true purpose in life. It was amazing to see Nalia transform into the person she was always meant to be.
It’s so hard to get into a ton of detail without giving so much of this final book away, and to do that would completely ruin the reading experience. Suffice it to say, I loved everything about this series finale. The characters, the setting and the story all came together in a perfect union and even though this book is a little more than 600 pages, I couldn’t get enough.
Freedom’s Slave is an amazing conclusion to an epic series that was absolutely perfect! I’m so sad to say goodbye to these characters but absolutely
love how it all ended.