Genre Fantasy Published 4 June 2013 Publisher J Taylor Publishing Series Lila Gray book three
In a battle of wills, who is strongest? The one who hates or the one who loves? In a test of faith, who will fight the hardest? The one who has everything to lose or the one who believes only in herself? For Lila Gray, the answer is both. For the Magi, the questions are pointless since they can’t lose, and they’ve been waiting since before Lila’s birth for this one moment. Lila only needs to find them to understand her entire purpose in life. This time, though, instead of protecting her people, Lila may be leading them all, including her unborn child and the man she loves, to their deaths — and not by accident.
In the ultimate trial of heart and soul, and the conclusion to the Lila Gray series, Lila will learn that the greatest weapon of war is herself, with one ultimate unknown. For which side will she fight?
The Urban Book Thief Review
This series is amazing. Simply, awesomely, amazing. I would go so far (oh yes, I’m that bold) to say that this is on par with the Fever series on my Yay it’s a Fae o’meter. That is how deep and how wide my love for Lila, Liam and the gang goes. Plus! in this last and final book in the series, Ms. Gray isn’t afraid to go all out and kick some serious ass – while pregnant. Take that you Dryad bitches.
If you have no idea what I am going on about, never fear – let me tell you some more about this sorta dystopian type world… Lila Gray has spent most of her life on the run. She lives in a dangerous and uncertain world where human kindness is scarce and a big, bad handsome stranger is out to get her. Okay, I know most of us would rather run towards the handsome hottie than away. Well… okay, just me I guess. But this guy is eeevil. Promise.
Then while taking shelter at a farm she comes across a group of men who seem a little… different. It turns out they’re Fae, and so is she. But not just any Fae – she’s the frickin’ Queen. The Seelie Queen. Lila discovers that she has some sweet, sweet powers at her fingertips, but before she can reach her full potential they hand her over to the big bad and things kick off from there. Adventure, heartache, death, love, tears, hate and redemption ensue.
The book starts off with Lila very loved up. She’s finally got her mitts on the Lovely Hunk a Man Lovin’ Unseelie King Liam (which from now on is his official title) and they’re expecting a child soon. Great! She’s Queen, she hangs out in track pants all day and finally has a group of friends to chill out with. Plus no body wants to kill any of them. What a great couple of days…
Unfortunately, Lila’s best friend Brigh goes a wee bit cray cray after she has a disturbing vision of the future. This sets them off again – ach no! (waves fist in air). Man eating trees, or in this case, Fae and Elf eating trees are destroying everything and everyone they touch. Who controls them? How can they be stopped? Why is the Goddess letting this happen? Can everyone get off their almighty pedestals and work together to destroy them before they literally eat the world?
The first 50% of the book is fairly slow moving until you realise that Ms. Adams is setting everything up for the final showdown between the Fae and the Magi. There’s quite a bit of muttering round the kitchen sink interspersed between racing off to warn other races about the end of the world and everyone’s impending doom. Then in an interesting twist, a third of the way into the book all of the men disappear without a trace, leaving the women alone to do what they do best: roll up their sleeves and sort shit OUT!
“I don’t know how to do this without losing my mind and everyone I love. Leading a nation and caring about shit sucks.”
My sentiments exactly Lila.
The second half of Rise of the Magi is truly epic. Get your hankies at the ready folks cause they will be sorely needed! Lila has a lot to contend with, her faith in the Goddess, whether she can ever trust Nix again and the effects this final battle will have on her unborn child. And Liam… oh Liam… my scrumptious Unseelie muffin cake, this book is about the ladies so that means no rumpy pumpy action and very little ogling time to squeeze in (damn!).
On one final note – did I mention how amazing the Lila Gray books are? The transition of Lila from Ms. Sass and Mistress Sarcasm to a Ms. Sharer and Mistress Carer has been fabulous. This heroine knows how to kick ass and keep it real at the same time.
Ms. Adams certainly knows how to end a series with a bang and I for one am very interested in where her awesome writing talent will take her next.
The Urban Book Thief has awarded Rise of the Magi a kiss factor rating of five – long live the Fae!