Circle of Fire by Michelle Zink
Posted by Caitie F on May 1, 2013
Summary from publisher:
With time dwindling but her will to end the Prophecy stronger than ever, Lia sets out on a journey to find the remaining keys, locate the missing pages of the Prophecy, and convince her sister Alice to help–or risk her life trying. Lia has her beloved Dimitri by her side, but Alice has James, the man who once loved her sister–and maybe still does. James doesn’t know the truth about either sister, or the prophecy that divides them. And Alice intends to keep it that way.
I really should have continued and finished this series earlier. It is historical fiction and fantasy together, two of my favorite things in books. When they are combined in one book, I think it adds so much. This is such a feminist series and the time period really adds to that. Watching Lia challenge the norms just brought me so much joy.
This was an exciting and wonderful end of the series. It was stressful to read at times, but a good stressful! I kept saying I will only read two chapters, and closed it 60 pages later,
Lia really struggles with trust in this book. It made it more realistic. Other characters would have just gotten over a companion being taking over by the bad guy, but it stuck with Lia and changed her, even when she didn’t want it to. This means she needs more inner strength and she really struggles. She is still strong, but her strength is dwindling after all this time. The one issue with this is that it does slow down a few times and I really had to push through some chapters to get to the action. There were only so many times I could read about how hard it was for her to sleep.
The ending is perfect. Of course i will not spoil anything, but it is just a perfect ending. Not perfect as things wrap up nicely, but perfect as in I can’t imagine it ending any other way.
this cover is pretty terrible. I actually read the first book in the series because it had such a great cover and this is just generic without the darkness and mystery. I wish the next books had kept that style instead of yet another cover with a girl on it.
Michelle Zink is a fantastic writer and I need to read everything else she had written!