Today's review is on Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer
Bloodrose is the third and final installment in Cremer's Nightshade
series, and thought it had a few surprises, in my opinion, it brought
what was a delightful series way down.
At the end of Wolfsbane, Calla had a huge weight on her shoulders.
Not only was she still coming to terms with the lies of the Keepers, and
the pain she felt for leaving her family, she was faced with helping
her little brother Ansel; who had his wolf striped from him, and quite
possibly may have lost her first love; Ren forever.
She can't loose Ren however, her heart won't let her. So she goes
back to the home that they would have shared with their pack; had she
not left the night of their bonding to save Shane, finding him there.
And though she is in love with Shane, her heart still holds a place for
him. When he agrees to return with her to the Academy with the other
Searchers however, there is nothing but anger between him and the Scion,
and sexual tension between him and Calla. Everything will have to wait
though. The war is upon them, and until it's done, Calla will not
choose a mate, so the drama continues.
The three of them along with the other searchers continue on their
quest to find the pieces to the two swords that Shane will need to
defeat his "uncle" and close The Rift. Along the way they battle Bears,
Bats, and Firewolves, and lose a few good friends as well. It's at the
end though where things really get your emotions going as lives we
wanted to spare were not, and lives are restored exactly where we did.
New romances were even developed. With that said however, I found the
actual ending a bit flat.
It takes a good writer to know when there series has run its course.
Perhaps Ms. Cremer saw that for her beloved Nightshade. What started
out with a bang in the first book, seems to have gone out with a whimper
with its last, or perhaps a little sad howl.
3 of 5 stars