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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Crown of Destiny (Book 6 of World of Hetar) by Bertrice Small: Review

This one was very hard for me to review as I am a huge fan of the author and all her books. I struggled on the rating of this one.  All the rest of her stuff is amazing though!!!

Crown of Destiny (World of Hetar book 6)
by Bertrice Small
HQN Books
ISBN: 9780373774494

Description: Lara, faerie woman of Hetar, finally meets her long foretold destiny in the concluding novel in the popular World of Hetar series by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Bertrice Small.

100 years have passed since Lara first donned the Terahn crown. Her beauty remains the same. But the passing years have taken her friends and kin, and her influence has begun to wane. Under the corrupt counsel of his uncle, her great-grandson Cadarn is quickly leading Terah into certain ruin. All the while, Lara's other son, the nefarious Twilight Lord Kolgrim, patiently awaits his moment to bring Hetar into darkness.

The Good Stuff

  • Her vivid storytelling is exceptional as always
  • Wonderful descriptions of fashion, landscapes and food
  • richly detailed
  • My least favorite of the series, but at least it ended on a hopeful note, which I found missing in most of the book
  • Scenes between Lord Kolgrim and Marzina
  • Very naughty

The Not so Good Stuff
  • Many of the characters are extremely unpleasant
  • Very depressing at times - made me feel  really old
  • The amount of time passed from the previous book is very jarring for me
  • I found a lot of the book that hope was missing and that really bothered me
  • Reminds me of getting old and friends and family dying and I just wanted to give author a big hug and tell her everything was going to work out

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Seeing something you love die is always difficult my love, but we have a new life awaiting us in the cosmos, Kaliq said"

“You are a society totally involved with yourselves, your acquisitions, your pleasures, all of it to the detriment of others not as fortunate. Once Hetar offered opportunity to those who strived to better themselves. You no longer offer those chances to your citizens."

"Even in the darkest night there isalight somewhere. And the knowledge of that light will give you hope.”

What I Learned
  • Getting old sucks - even if you are a Faerie
  • Even if you are a cool magical person your children and grandchildren may turn into spoiled nasty people
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Wouldn't recommend for anyone who hasn't read the rest of the series

3.5  Dewey's (Borrow or get from library -- or buy if you have rest of series)

Received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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