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Review--Etania's Destiny

Title: Etania's Destiny

Series: Daughters of Tamnarae (Book 3)

Author: M. H. Elrich

Genre: YA Fantasy, Christian Fantasy

Rating: 4/5 stars

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.

That was a satisfying conclusion to the series.

I’ve been with Etania and company for a couple of years now, and I was excited to come to the end of their journey and see how things wrapped up with them. This final installment had everything a grand finale needs: epic battles, dramatic themes, and a decent helping of sweet romance.

Characters: Etania has matured somewhat in this book. She still makes some irresponsible decisions, but she’s growing and doesn’t whine nearly as much. I enjoyed seeing her learn to surrender to Melchizedek’s will.

Keyel is still his zealous, over-protective self. He’s also grown, and his and Etania’s relationship was cute.

Zaden is definitely my favorite character! I loved watching him step into his calling as Jakin’s apprentice and move past the struggles of his past. He’s well-written and well-developed!

Content: A few couples kiss (with few details). A couple looks forward to their wedding night. A woman is pregnant outside of wedlock. A character has lustful thoughts towards a married woman.

The latter half of the book is a war, so there are lots of battle descriptions. Characters are injured and killed, sometimes brutally (though nothing’s really described).

A character struggles with alcoholism.

Writing: The pacing is great, with an exciting story from beginning to end. The action never drags, even when there are a few moments of calm in the story. I read the whole thing in one day.

The ending was a bit anti-climatic. Everything happened so suddenly that it took me a minute to grasp that it was the end. There were also some character threads that felt unresolved, but maybe the author’s setting up another book?

Summary: This is definitely my favorite of the series! It was a great ending, wrapping up the main characters’ stories well and leaving us with a hint of what the future has in store. Elrich has woven an exciting story of the power of surrender, one that readers aged 13+ will enjoy.

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