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Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Review: Scorched Treachery (Imdalind #3)

Release Date: July 11, 2013
Author: Rebecca Ethington
Publisher: Imdalind Press
Length: 376 pages

While Joclyn is trapped in the tormenting hell of Cail’s mind, the battle around her only continues to grow and spread.
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Edmund has infiltrated the underground hallways of Prague, guiding the massacre that would end the lives of the last of the great magical race. In her attempts to stop him, Wynifred has been captured and her magic restrained. Chained up in the ancient dungeons of Prague, her fate is left in the hands of her father, who has tried to kill her before.
With Ryland’s screams and Sain’s fragmented sights as her only company, Wyn must rely on something that has been hidden deep inside of her for centuries to help them break free.
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Ilyan’s whole life has been building up to one purpose. Protect the Silnỳ. He knows what he must do, and he has no doubt in his ability to do so.
But when his father’s magic removes Joclyn’s mind from her body, he is left protecting the shell of the one person he loves. Desperate to find a way to break her free of her prison, he makes a choice. And that one choice changes everything.
Now, Ilyan finds himself bound to Joclyn in a way that he never knew to be possible.
They say that blood is thicker than water, but Black Water burns, and Ilyan’s heart may not be strong enough to keep it pumping through his veins and give the girl he loves back into his brother’s care.
Even if he can, it may not be safe to do so.

Review:

Protagonists: Wyn and Ilyan take center stage as this book is told from their dual perspectives, which I really enjoyed as it gave me the time I needed to really fall in love with these two characters properly. While I already loved Wyn's character, I felt like she was a character that should have been utilized more, and now that she has, I fell in love with her for a different reason, I really feel in touch with who she is and what she's been through. Ilyan is a different story, While I liked him as a character, more or less, it was hard for me to connect him. Reading from his perspective though has given me a chance to really get a good feel for who he is, what he's been through, and how he feels about certain characters. While his chapters weren't necessarily my favorite, I nevertheless loved the chance to bond with Ilyan in this book.

Romance: So, there isn't very much romance in this book. I mean there is some, but it's not really that type of book. We get to really see how Ilyan cares about Jos, not that we didn't know, but it's easier to see how much it hurts him to step back and try and let her be with Ryland. How he just wants to see her happy, and how he doesn't want to hurt his brother. It's really very sweet. We do also get a bit of romance with Wyn too, not too much as she's in captivity most of the time, but there's a little with Talon, plus we get to see a bit from Wyn's past.

World-Building: Unlike the previous two books in this series, this book is told from the dual perspectives of both Wyn and Ilyan from the middle of the second book through the end and onward a little ways past it. I was a bit apprehensive to read this book, not because it's from Wyn and Ilyan's precisely, but more because it isn't Joclyn's and therefore wouldn't feel the same as the other books in the series, and would instead feel like more of a companion or spin-off that would hold trivial yet interesting information about the other characters in this series but nothing really substantial to make it a true installment in this series. I couldn't have been more wrong though. This book is a definite must read for this series, there is so much revealed and most of it will surely leave a large impact on the rest of the series. There are so many things that were answered that I thought we wouldn't find out until the fourth book which  truly made this feel like a next installment rather than an optional read if you really need an Imdalind fix.

Predictability: This was by far the most unpredictable of the series and I can even tell you why without spoiling anything, at least not specifically spoiling anything. This series, while labeled YA and staying in the confines of what a YA series can and cannot entail, is being told in a very un-YA way. This author isn't afraid to do things that other YA authors wouldn't dream of doing, she shies away from the traditional YA formula and has created one of the most unique and fairly unpredictable series I have ever read simply by writing a YA book without treating as though it is a YA book. I know that sounds weird and redundant but it seems as though there are a lot of authors out there who are afraid to challenge the barriers of YA for fear that their book won't be well received by their target audience, so sometimes you can tell that the book has a very YA first, plot second device, while this book is all plot all the way.

Ending: This book ends much better than the previous one, not that I didn't like how the previous book ended, I really did, but this ending is much calmer and yet still invokes that feeling of needing the next book in this series. While I may not be craving the next book in this series based on the ending alone, I knew it would probably be that way from the start. While we got to see past the ending of Eyes of Ember most of the ending is a retelling from another perspective. What makes me crave the next book so bad is everything that went down in this book. But until then, I guess if I need an Imdalind fix I can always reread the three out now and look for foreshadowing, which is one of my new favorite passtimes.

Rating:



I have nothing bad to say about this book, and can only praise it highly. While I have read many indie books, many of which I feel could have or should have gotten picked up by mainstream publishers if that's what the author's wanted. This series however tops many, though not all, of my favorite "mainstream" published series and is a series I need to pick up in print soon.

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4 comments:

  1. Hope everything is going well, Zach! Ive been internet-less (is that even a word?) for almost 3 weeks now :/ it sucks. But we'll be back online soon! I say we have a dance party to celebrate when it happens!

    P.S. I'm going to shoot you an email tomorrow! Going to the library. I have an idea and I wish to share with you! :D

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  2. Great post. Love the cover.
    Thanks for the giveaway !
    : )

    stamper_sierra@yahoo.com

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  3. This was such a great review! Rebecca's books are amazing! I have loved reading the Imdalind series, and I am so looking forward to book 4 coming out in December.

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  4. I did a promo for this one on my blog. Looks really good!

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