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Where to begin? I think this was my favorite book of the five. And in my last review I said I hope this is the last one because I'm just tired of the depravity and evilness of the bad guys: Caesar, Thirteen and Jahad. However, the author left it kind of a cliffhanger but when you read the summary of the next book, Into Darkness, due out in October, it doesn't say anything about the war coming to the Ikati and it has 2 people who were not in any of the books in this series. I would hate to think that the author is just going to leave it that way, with Jenna, Leander, Honor and Hope standing on a hillside. The End!!!
Before I forget, I do want to say how happy I'am that Weymouth was killed. I hated him from the very first book. And, it turned out the Caesar wasn't immortal after all. LOL..
I did, absolutely, love Hawk and Jack. I think they were the best hero and heroine or maybe it was Ember and Christian. Or Jenna and Leander or... Oh, I don't know which two were my favorite...
As to the narrator: Wow, wow, wow. Ms. Dawe did an outstanding job on this book. I just love the voices she gave to Hawk and Jack. I know she didn't pronounce Alejandro correctly but he was such an a$$hole anyway that he deserved it. Keep up the good work Ms. Dawe.
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Absolutely loved this book! It's the penultimate book in the series which is kinda sad cause I don't want the series to end! In the previous books we've been to the English colony and the Rome colony as well as a couple of places in between but this book takes the story to the Brazilian colony and I loved seeing how different they were to the English and Rome colonies. They're more isolated and so seem to be even deeper into the old ways and old rituals that the other colonies no longer celebrate.
I loved the characters of Hawk and Jack and seeing them progress from enemies to friends to lovers on their journey. Jack always prided herself on her open-mindedness and not being a racist like her father but she was blind to her own bigotry until it was pointed out by Hawk and further emphasized during her time with the colony.
In particular the events at the Punishment Tree presented a poignant and beautiful scene in my opinion. I won't say what happened as it's a moment that each reader needs to experience for themselves but it is one of the scenes in the book that profoundly touched me and the scene of Jack's first heartfelt soul deep epiphany that significantly changes her opinion towards the Ikati people.
I also loved her speech near the end. She and Hawk were a perfect match and really brought each other to life and healed each other in ways no-one else has ever been able to. I also love Hawk's Gift, one he shares only with Jack that no-one else knows about and is one that has never been heard of before in Ikati history!
I really loved getting to see some (not all) of the old favourites like Jenna & Leander and Morgan & Xander, none of the Italian Ikati though or Christian, though Christian is mentioned so we get a little update on how he's doing through Jenna. I also love Jenna and Leander's twins! I admit they are in some ways a little creepy but also very very special and also never seen before. I can't wait to learn what else they can do and what surprises are still in store with them and Jenna!