5 magical stars!
Once again, author Rachel E Carter has captivated attention for the duration of this novel, and gave me *all* the feels.
After the three-year apprenticeship, the Combat, Restoration, and Alchemy mages were ranked and offered posts at various cities in the country, based on those ranks. Ryiah was determined to have an opportunity in one of the more dangerous cities before her 'new responsibilities' kept her close to the Crown's palace. I was glad for her to see familiar faces while on patrol up in Ferren's Keep, and the feisty banter between Ryiah and Prince Darren never disappoints.
Carter's continued elaborate and vivid descriptions of battle scenes played a large role in my enjoyment of the Candidacy tournaments, and the political reveals had me on the edge of my seat.
Can't wait to see what happens next, in the 'Last Stand', available February 7, 2017.
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