Saturday, January 28, 2017

Partially Satisfying Ending to Long Running Set of Trilogies

DAWN STUDY (Soulfinders #3)
Maria V. Snyder
January 31, 2017

Dawn Study brings to an end a long-running "trilogy of trilogies" set in the world of Ixia and Sitia. Ixia is a country in which magic is prohibited and Sitia runs on magic. As might be expected, the two countries do not co-exist comfortably. Sitia lives in fear of Ixia with good reason. Ixia is an entirely militaristic culture run by the Commander, who can only be described as a tyrant. At the heart of the trilogies are Valek, chief assassin for the Commander, and Yelena, who was food taster for the Commander in order to avoid execution. The two lovers have changed both Sitia and Ixia, with the help of a vast and wide-ranging cast of characters. In Dawn Study, invasion appears to be imminent and in spite of all the Commander's precautions, he appears to be controlled by an evil cadre of magicians. Valek, Yelena, and their friends from both countries are trying to avert disaster. Their efforts are hampered by Yelena's loss of her magic and the Commander's attempt to assassinate both she and Valek.

The end of the story of Valek and Yelena is satisfactory in many ways, as the two appear to be in a place that they can settle down together peacefully and enjoy life. The road to that end is as always fraught with difficulty, multiple kidnappings, and escapes. I found all the escapes a bit too easy and repetitive this time around. I did enjoy seeing characters that have been absent for a while, even though Valek and Yelena have always been the main attraction. I will miss them, even though I think it's time that the story comes to an end. 

Thanks to MIRA and NetGalley for an advance digital copy in return for an honest review.

RATING- 3 Stars

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