Blurb: Karigan G’ladheon is a Green Rider—a seasoned member of the elite messenger corps of King Zachary of Sacoridia. King Zachary sends Karigan and a contingent of Sacoridians beyond the edges of his nation, into the mysterious Blackveil Forest, which has been tainted with dark magic by a twisted immortal spirit named Mornhavon the Black.
At the end of Blackveil, in a magical confrontation against Mornhavon, Karigan is jolted out of Blackveil Forest and wakes in darkness. She’s lying on smooth, cold stone, but as she reaches out, she realizes that the stone is not just beneath her, but above and around her as well. She’s landed in a sealed stone sarcophagus, some unknown tomb, and the air is becoming thin.
Is this to be her end? If she escapes, where will she find herself? Is she still in the world she remembers, or has the magical explosion transported her somewhere completely different? To find out, she must first win free of her prison— before it becomes her grave. And should she succeed, will she be walking straight into a trap created by Mornhavon himself?
Review: To say that this was a disappointment would be a gross understatement. I’d say that up until this book, the series has been relatively well crafted and interesting with regards to character and world building. With this book, it seems as if all that work got hit with a giant eraser and tossed in the trash. It honestly felt like I’d picked up a book by another author entirely with the subject in a completely different genre. This book fit so poorly into the rest of the series that it just never should have been written.
There had been points in previous books where the main character, Karigan, had jumped around in time and that had been decently done, though time travel is not even remotely something I enjoy reading. This entire book was out of time with the rest of the series, instead of just being a minor point along a larger thread, which is not what this series had originally been based on.
Not only is the entire book out of the timeline of the series, but the only character you actually get to see really is Karigan. The rest are entirely new. As I said, it was like reading a completely different series. What made it worse is that even the Karigan we have come to know through this series isn’t the one we saw in this book. The self assured, strong woman from previous books becomes this utterly weak and powerless creature that has to rely on everyone around her and she trusts in places that her previous character never would have. It also strikes me as untrue to her character that in 4 books, she never got really romantically involved outside of her feelings for Zachary, definitely not enough to form a physical relationship with someone, but in book 5 she suddenly becomes a twitty little lust muffin. So much so that she is oblivious to what is going on around her.
Tack on to all of that ridiculousness the fact that, in the end, the entire story was pretty useless to the rest of the series because, having gone forward and then back, that future never actually happens. Every single bit of this story, as painfully slow and uninteresting as it already was (did not have anything even remotely exciting happen until about 60% and then it got dull again until almost the end) has zero actual impact on this series outside of a very few minor details that could help the realm in the upcoming battle, if that even happens at all now. It would have been much better handled as a glimpse of precognition and then move on to more important things rather than an entire book dedicated to something that essentially gets erased. It is a waste of a read.