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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Review: Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter

Last Stand (The Black Mage #4)
Author: Rachel E. Carter
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Publisher: Rachel E. Carter
Reviewer: Anelise
He’s the Black Mage and she’s the traitor to the Crown.

Ryiah’s world was shattered the night she discovered King Blayne’s nefarious plans. Now, she has to betray the one she loves most in order to save the realm from war. Torn between love and duty, Ry finds herself on a perilous mission to help the rebels and convince the kingdom of Pythus not to honor its pact with the corrupt king of Jerar—all the while deceiving the most powerful mage in the realm, the very man sworn to protect the Crown and hunt the rebels at all costs: her husband.

She’s one step ahead, but sooner or later the curtain will fall.

Sooner or later, she’ll have to fight.

Witness the epic conclusion of The Black Mage series, and see just how far one girl will go to save her kingdom and the boy she loves—even when that boy has become the enemy.
An advanced copy of this book was sent by the author and does not influence any of my opinions.

I love this book so much and it is just perfection! Instead of writing a traditional review, I'm going to be writing a letter instead ;)
To whom it may concern,

Is there a way you could help me find something important? I lost it while reading a book titled Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter. Oh, you need to know what I lost first, don't you. Well, I lost my heart. It got stabbed by all the feels then tossed aside on one of the many roads in Jerar. Why, you ask? Let me tell you.

Firstly, I've been dying to read this since I first finished reading Candidate which was around summer of last year. The third book of this series left off on a cliff hanger and I needed to know what happens next. I was deeply saddened when the publishing got pushed back to February of this year. And now that I've read it, I'm deeply saddened that I finished reading this book. As I received a free advanced copy of this book awhile back, I knew I had to read this book but I didn't want to at the same time because then I would be done reading this series. I could always go back and reread it but its not the same rereading because you already know what's going to happen; you don't get to experience the same feelings as when you first read it. So, I delayed reading this for as long as I could and well, I got away with it, for the most part.

Secondly, the author's writing has improved. It's not like it was bad to begin with (it was pretty awesome), but now it's more powerful than before. Because this is the last installment in the series, it really helps make this novel memorable. 

One last reason (not that there's only three reasons my heart has been misplaced) is that I really loved how Rachel E. Carter made the lines of hero and villain blur to the point where the hero is can be seen as the villain and the hero, and the villain can seemingly be seen as a hero and a villain. It just tore my heartstrings! 

"Just then, I felt like the villain... I told myself I was the hero. Even if he would never understand"
"Every hero was a villain in the end"
"I was a traitor to the Crown. And this time, there was no turning back"

If someone can find my heart, please contact me. I will be needing it to continue living. And if Rachel E. Carter is reading this, then please know I left my heart in your book and I'd be liking it back soon.

A fangirl

Please note! Quotes are taken from an ARC and may have been slightly changed; I haven't checked them against the final text.

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Anelise is the youngest of the bloggers here. She’s a complete weirdo who loves to read. Aside from reading, music is one of her most favorite things with Fall Out Boy and Imagine Dragons being two of her favorite artists. Bookwyrming Thoughts is her only blog/residence, but hopes to someday create her own as well. One of her favorite quotes is “I’m young but I’m not stupid.”