The Poison Song (The Winnowing Flame #3) by Jen Williams

From Jen Williams, three-time British Fantasy Award finalist, comes the electrifying conclusion to the Winnowing Flame trilogy. Exhilarating epic fantasy for fans of Robin Hobb.
Jump on board a war beast or two with Vintage, Noon and Tor and return to Sarn for the last installment of this epic series where the trio must gather their forces and make a final stand against the invading Jure’lia.

Fantasy, 576 pages, published in 2019

From Jen Williams, three-time British Fantasy Award finalist, comes the electrifying conclusion to the Winnowing Flame trilogy. Exhilarating epic fantasy for fans of Robin Hobb.
Jump on board a war beast or two with Vintage, Noon and Tor and return to Sarn for the last installment of this epic series where the trio must gather their forces and make a final stand against the invading Jure’lia. [Goodreads]

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Content Warnings: general darkness

I had high hopes for this finale and it did not disappoint one bit!

I absolutely adore these characters, so it was a joy to follow them for another book, even though they were really going through it.

This has got to be one of the most tense books I have read because I truly wasn’t sure what the characters’ fates would be. It didn’t feel like anything was off the table, so the stakes felt very high the entire time.

This series is not super detail-oriented, where everything that is mentioned is somehow important later on or everything is foreshadowed, like in a Sanderson book. There were definitely some things I still had questions about from earlier in the series the didn’t get answered, but I was overall satisfied with the answers we got.

I think the world of this series felt so fresh and new. There were some concepts that I had seen before, but they were done in a way that was really cool.

The ending was my favorite kind (which I can’t say, because that would be a spoiler), so I was definitely happy with it and also sad that the series was over.

Between the amazing characters, interesting plot and world, and the overall uniqueness of the story, it’s a shame that this series does not have more fans! If you can get your hands on a copy, I would highly recommend it!

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The Bitter Twins (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #2) by Jen Williams

The plan that Tormalin the Oathless and Noon the Fell Witch created in order to save the world backfired, and now the threat is even more imminent. With weakened allies and almost no knowledge of their foe, they start out on a journey to find information that will hopefully turn the tides of a losing battle.

The plan that Tormalin the Oathless and Noon the Fell Witch created in order to save the world backfired, and now the threat is even more imminent. With weakened allies and almost no knowledge of their foe, they start out on a journey to find information that will hopefully turn the tides of a losing battle.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Content Warnings: torture/imprisonment, mind control

This book was everything! I loved the first book, and this one certainly did not disappoint.

I do have to say, the beginning was a little slow. There are a few new characters to introduce, so it took a little bit to get to know them and their personalities. I also couldn’t really tell how much time had passed between books. From one character’s POV, it seemed immediate, but from others’, it seemed like it could have been some days or weeks.

The first part of this book was especially funny! There was some morbid humor and I wasn’t expecting it, which made it even funnier.

This book really is about the characters learning about their world. The points of views are split up into a few different groups and each group is kind of discovering things that were previously unknown to them. There are a ton of discoveries that were just absolutely wild! This world is weird and I’ve never read anything like it before. This series is definitely fantasy, but it does kind of cross over into sci-fi a bit as well.

I absolutely adore most of the characters in this series! I just want to wrap them in a blanket and give them hot cocoa. They are all so different from each other and I love seeing their relationships with each other grow.

I’m really looking forward to the last book in this trilogy! The ending of this book definitely set up at least one plotline that is going to be addressed (which I am very excited to see how it will play out) and there is still a lot that needs to be resolved. I have absolutely no idea how it’s going to end because this series keeps surprising me, in the very best way.

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The Ninth Rain (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #1) by Jen Williams

The Eborans always kept the humans safe from Jure’lia, a mysterious group of creatures, for thousands of years, until the tree that gives them life dies. Now, Eborans are dying out and threats arise from remaining Jure’lia artifacts. Vintage, an explorer, hires Tormalin, one of the last Eborans, to be her bodyguard on her quest to understand their foe.

Fantasy, 544 pages, published in 2017

The Eborans always kept the humans safe from Jure’lia, a mysterious group of creatures, for thousands of years, until the tree that gives them life dies. Now, Eborans are dying out and threats arise from remaining Jure’lia artifacts. Vintage, an explorer, hires Tormalin, one of the last Eborans, to be her bodyguard on her quest to understand their foe.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Content Warnings: imprisonment, violence, blood

I overuse the word ‘interesting’ in reviews, but this one was the epitome of interesting! Elements of this book felt familiar, but overall it felt nothing like anything I have ever read before.

I definitely thought the beginning was a tad bit slow. It starts in the past and takes multiple chapters to work up to the present day, which I think contributed to that. The characters don’t know much about the world, so it definitely took a little while to get oriented.

There are a ton of different magic elements at play in this world. There are the Eborans, who are almost elf-like, but previously got their power from the sap of their tree god. Once the tree died, they turned to drinking human blood, even though it has very bad side effects for them. There are also witches with an interesting power source, as well as rogue parasite spirits that threaten remote communities.

The way all of these elements worked together to create the world was so good! It didn’t feel like one any of these different magical elements were underdone or overdone.

The characters of this book are where my heart lies. There is a solid main trio in this book: Vintage, Tormalin, and Noon. All three of them come from such different backgrounds have such different goals and personalities, but it worked so well.

I don’t want to say that this book has no plot because that isn’t necessarily true, but it kind of changes as certain events in the book take place. There’s no hard end point that these characters are trying to get to.

I am so excited to see where this series goes! There are some side characters introduced later on in this book that I’m very excited to get to know and I’m am dying to get to know more of how this world work. Things went down in the ending, so I’m very curious to see what the impact is.

This book is so hard to talk about! There are so many layers to the world that I don’t want to spoil and so many reasons why I enjoyed it. It felt so different, the characters are great, and the relationships between them are interesting. If you can get your hands on this book (it is a little difficult to find), I highly recommend it!

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