Spoiler free zone – the bunny slopes
Revelations is the third and final book of the Bloodlines Trilogy by Lindsey Anne Kendal and it was an excellent conclusion. It brings all the story lines woven through the first two books to a satisfying conclusion. I give this book a four out of five stars and recommend the entire trilogy for any magic loving readers ages fifteen and up.
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For most of this book, I was torn between losing my cool and keeping faith with our intrepid main character Keira. While part of me was pretty certain she would never betray her friends and family, Kendal managed to write Lucifer and Kiera’s reactions so well that it was hard not to believe them. It helped that they were the only two who knew anything about the plan, making all the other events in the book so much real as the character’s reacted so sincerely.
The main part that inserted the seed of doubt in my mind, though, was when Lucien almost died and Marshall was presumed dead and missing. It didn’t seem like something that Kiera would do if she were pretending to be part of Ballentine’s army. In fact, even at the end after all the fighting is over, I couldn’t help but wonder what happened to poor Marshall. Was he just collateral damage? I was more than a little relieved when it turned out he had just been kept out of the way, safe and asleep, so as to make it more believable.
I had to stop at one point, not because the writing was bad (because it was brilliantly written, just as all the other books had been) but because my heart was torn to shreds. That was when Kiera attacked Eligos with the same sword he’d given her. I love their relationship and it was terrifying to think that she was throwing this all away.
However, throughout all of this, I kept a thread of faith that this was an act to bring down the enemy so I was relieved but also not overly surprised when Lucifer hugged Kiera and it was revealed to everyone their master plan.
I wasn’t surprised that Steve was Ballentine. I think Kendal left brilliant little breadcrumbs throughout the whole story which made it possible to figure out what was going on but not so obvious that the book wasn’t worth reading because there was still mystery to be found. It was a great adventure and honestly, I wouldn’t mind re-reading this trilogy.
The main question that we keep being asked as a club is which books we liked the best and I have to say that the first and third books of this trilogy are my favorite. Initially, I thought the first book was my most favorite because my heart wasn’t torn apart as badly. However, now that I have had time to calm down (because it was an emotional journey to read these books and grow with the characters,) I realize I actually like the third book more because it was the one that made me react the most.
In all honesty, though, Kendel is an amazing writer and that shines through in this trilogy. If you haven’t read these books yet, I recommend you do.