Publisher: E. Hunter (June 1, 2012)
File Size: 526 KB
ARC Review Copy Courtesy Of: Elizabeth Hunter, in exchange for an honest review.
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Author's Website: http://elizabethhunterwrites.com
Synopsis Courtesy of Goodreads:
“No secret stays hidden forever.”
Still grieving from their loss in the far East, Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo discover that for them, all roads really do lead to Rome. But nothing is quite as it seems in the Eternal City. Joined by Carwyn and Tenzin, unexpected clashes greet them almost immediately, and rivalries churn beneath the glittering facade of the old Roman court. They quickly realize that allies might be enemies, and ancient rivals could hold the key to a deadly secret.
Giovanni and Beatrice will be forced to call on old alliances, ancient power, and fierce cunning to survive for the eternity they both desire. Sometimes, finding the end means going back to the beginning. Fire, Earth, Wind, and Water finally meet with devastating results in the conclusion of the Elemental Mysteries.
This is a such a bittersweet blog tour. Elizabeth Hunter's "Elemental Mysteries" series kicks ass like no other but this is the end of the line for books dominated by B and Gio. Book 4, "A Fall Of Water" is the highly anticipated final book in the series and Ms. Hunter does not disappoint. If you haven't read the first 3 books you can read my reviews here:
Book 1: A Hidden Fire
Book 2: This Same Earth
Book 3: The Force Of Wind
As much as I love this series, I didn't start reading "A Fall Of Water" the same day I received my ARC from Elizabeth Hunter. I would open it up in my eReader then I would close it. Finally, I sat down last weekend and started my last adventure with Beatrice and Gio. I thought that if I delayed reading Book 4 long enough, Ms. Hunter would decide we needed a Book 5.....What element she would write about didn't matter to me; what did matter was that I wouldn't have to say goodbye to what quickly became one of my most favorite book series' and the cast of characters within the pages. But, alas, here I am writing a review for the last book in the Elemental Mysteries series.
"A Fall Of Water" was a perfectly balanced book of humor, passion, and adventure with anger and deception thrown in for good measure. I laughed a lot; I cried in at least 3 places; and I clenched my fists in anger (good thing I didn't have to hold an actual book). As with the first 3 books in the series, I was pulled along from place to place as each scene unfolded.
Each story is dependent on the one prior so I won't dwell too much on the details of the story. The synopsis provided above is enough of an explanation. Ms. Hunter does an excellent job answering the questions woven into books 1-3. She shows us just how deep the love is between B and Gio and that they are willing to go to desperate lengths to protect not just one another but others in their small family. I love the interaction between Tenzin and Ben and if the epilogue is any indication, we may be seeing more of them in a spin-off . Carwyn doesn't disappoint and spews one liners that had me rolling. I know his spin-off book is currently in the line-up.
There is also a twist at the end that brings to light the mystery surrounding one of the lead villains of the series. The picture that has been painted of this character throughout the series is finally unveiled and there is a sort of sympathy that you can't help but feel. The villain's explanations, motives, and events of the past were expertly written and clearly explained.
"A Fall Of Water" is a fantastic final book in one of the greatest series' I have ever read.
So, as sad as I am that the series is ending, I can revisit my favorite "Elemental Mysteries" vamps and humans anytime by just opening up the books. I look forward to any addition books based on characters from within the Elemental Mysteries series.
Bravo Ms. Hunter! Bravo!!
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