“After tackling her first mission and coming to terms with her power of empathy, Andriana discovers her first battles were only a taste of what is to come. She and her knight, Ronan, have admitted their feelings for each other, but their bonds are tested when Dri is captured by their mortal and spiritual enemy—Sethos—and his master, Keallach, emperor of Pacifica.
Andriana is certain Keallach can be convinced to follow the Maker’s plan and join the other Remnants . . . but in time, she must decide whether she really can pull him back to the Way, or if Sethos’s web of darkness has slowly and thoroughly trapped them both . . . forever.”
Awwwww, Ronan. What a sweetheart. I’m pretty much in love with Ronan. He’s one of my favies. He’s chivalrous, and because he’s supposed to be the physical guard for Adriana (where as she’s the empathy), he comes across as a strong protective man-boy, who’s conflicted between his loyalty to The Maker, and his heart which aches to be with Dri’s (regardless of the cost.)
This series makes me such a sap. Saying slang like favies. *pffft* *denies everything*
I’m sorry, I’m such a sap when the cards are played right. It’s a phenomenon called HBWS (Hot Boy With Sword.) The term was coined by the lovely Sophie Riggsby. Lisa excels at HBWS’s. And, she manages to do it without her boys becoming chauvinistic.
*insert another pathetic girl-squeal here*
Did I mention that we get to read from Ronan’s POV (Point Of View)? I LOVE books written in male POV’s. I don’t know why, but I just love it.
As for the plot of the novel itself, it was wonderful. The first third of the novel was exciting, and the second third was intriguing as it followed Dri’s specific trials. The last third was action packed and THANK THE MAKER it didn’t end in a terrible cliffhanger. It very nearly did. If it had ended where I feared it would, I probably would have found a hit squad to go after Lisa (not the killing kind…maybe the kind that mercilessly tickles people with feathers.) She really made me sweat it out for a while. I tore through it, eager to see if certain characters reunited, and if they did or didn’t make it out in one piece.
Zondervan, is Christian branch of publication and most of the time, Christian fiction has a hard time attracting readers due to its perceive agenda. However, I find that Zondervan’s stories are of a different caliber than a lot of Christian fiction publishing houses.
Yeah, it can be obvious in it’s Christian persuasion. And, there are a few obvious moments in Season of Wonder and Season of Fire. BUT, one thing that Season of Fire (and its predecessor) does differently, is that it doesn’t draw the line of light and dark.
While biblically there is a pretty clear line of right and wrong, it makes it clear to us, that as human beings, we will never be able to clearly see that line.
Lisa incorporates this into her characters. Her characters know the difference between light and dark, but they also struggle to see (recognize, and confront,) the line.
In the book, Dri stuggles. As an empath, she wants to see the best in everyone. Especially when it comes to Keallach (who I kind of want to punch in the face…or somewhere else more important.) She sees that his proper place is with the other Remnants, and she compromises herself in order to get closer to Keallach. It confuses her, and she struggles with her desire to self-sacrifice for another’s well-being.
This is when Ronan comes into play. He grounds Dri, and although they disagree, I think it’s always clear that they have a deep and trusting bond. When it matters, I think Dri will always follow Ronan’s instincts.
The writings weakness is its religious undertones. But, that’s only a weakness to people who fight religious messages. It didn’t bother me, and the sweetness of the relationships was very soothing to read about. That having been said, I’m going to shamelessly give this book five stars, for appealing to my supreme dorkdom.
That being said, I’ll eagerly be awaiting Season of Glory, where I can shamelessly and emotionally cuddle Ronan again ‘till my heart is content. I’m also going to shamelessly give this book five stars.
I received an ARC of this book from Blink (Zondervan) in exchange for an honest review. My opinion of this book has not been affected in any way.