Sunday, May 31, 2015

ARC Review: Running with the Wind (Mermen of Ea #3) by Shira Anthony

Running with the WindBlurb:

With the final confrontation between the island and mainland Ea factions looming, Taren and Ian sail with Odhrán to investigate a lost colony of merfolk in the Eastern Lands. Upon their arrival, the King of Astenya welcomes them as friends. Odhrán, however, isn’t so quick to trust the descendent of the man who held him prisoner for nearly a decade, especially now that he has someone to cherish and protect—the mysterious winged boy he rescued from the depths.

Armed with the knowledge he believes will save the Ea, Taren returns to the mainland. With Ian at his side, Taren convinces Vurin that their people must unite with their island brethren before it’s too late. When Seria and his men attack, Taren must call upon the ancient power of the rune stone to protect his comrades. But using stone’s immeasurable power commands a hefty price—and Ian fears that price is Taren’s life.

Todd’s rating:

Shira's latest and final book in the Ea trilogy, "Running with the Wind" is no "Transformers: Age of Extinction," let me tell you.

Here's why...

The other day, I was sitting on the couch and that latest Transformers movie was on, with Michael Bay's 10 million explosions and more car crashes than the Religious Right has baseless excuses against gay marriage. About 5 minutes of that and...

I. Was. BORED. To. Fucking. Tears.

So, no, "Running with the Wind" is *thankfully* nothing at all like that mindless drivel.

"Running" is smart and fun, not to mention well-written. And, *gasp*, the intricate plot actually makes sense, so I was engrossed from start to finish.

No, the majority of the book is not centered around action. Instead, the complex world building from the two previous books continues here in the third. And I was thrilled.

We learn more of not only the history of the Ea, but also some of the myths behind where both dragons (DRAGONS, people!!!) and humans originated.

This book was as fascinating as it was entertaining.

There was no fighting for fighting's sake. No drama for drama's sake. This story didn't rush, but it was still tight and painted an amazingly rich picture. One from which I couldn't pull myself away.

And while there were both old and new friends in the book, with the story continuing on as Taren works to rescue his people from the evil Ea Council, much of my excitement surrounded Bastian, since being found after his rebirth as a fledgling dragon at the end of the second book.

A baby dragon. What's not to love, right???

But young dragons don't stay young for very long, which leaves Odhran with conflicted feelings toward Bastian. He's first and foremost Bastian's protector, always.

But as Bastian quickly grows into a man, Odhran's internal battle isn't an easy one to reconcile, especially after having resisted love for an entire millennium.

So no spoilers, other than to say that the story is very nicely wrapped up with a very happy HEA and what, I feel, would be a great jumping off point for a book (or books?) for Bastian and Odhran.

So 5 very well-earned *you-are-thankfully*no-transformers* stars and I couldn't be happier with the way this story wrapped up.

My ARC copy of this book was provided by the publisher for a fair, unbiased review.

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