Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: The Heart of the Ancients by Elizabeth Isaacs

The Heart of the Ancients: Kailmeyra's Redemption (Kailmeyra #3) by Elizabeth Isaacs
Following Nora and Gavin’s defeat of the Dokkalfar, the kingdom has flourished and brought hope to its people.
But looks can be deceiving.
Like wisps of death, darker emotions seep into unexpected places. Now the nighttime holds fresh horrors for Gavin as Nora’s visions of the future invade her dreams. Though Nora can’t remember them, she knows Gavin sees her mind as clearly as his own. Noticing the affects her nightmares have on him, Nora warns Gavin of the dire consequences of altering fate. But she fears he’ll do whatever it takes to assure her visions don’t come true—even going against all he believes.
When Nora and Gavin discover Mia, the new Empress of the Dokkalfar, is growing stronger, they return to Earth sooner than planned. But Nora's old home isn’t what it used to be. Civilization has plunged back into the Dark Ages and the Earth is on the brink of annihilation.
As Nora and Gavin find themselves at the Edge of the World, doubt plagues them. Are they walking a path which alters fate or one elaborately planned by the enemy?
Publishes in US: Nov 11, 2014
Genre: fantasy
Source: author
Series?  Kailmeyra #3
My reviews of previous books:
#1 The Light of Asteria: Kailmeyra's last hope
#2 The Secret of the Keepers Kailmeyra's Strength

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    I love this series, and if you have been reading my blog, you've probably seen the first two books on a lot of my favorites lists. I love the world she has created and the pure relationship between the main character Nora and her beloved Gavin. Their story together began on earth as we know it, but it continues in this beautiful and magical world of Kailmeyra. 

    The writing, the action, the family, friendship, romance and world building have held me captive since the first book, and I have been looking forward to this book for a long time. This is such an emotional series, with fleshed out characters that I adore to no end. Kailmeyra has scenery that I would love to paint myself into, and Gavin is so one of my book boyfriends except for the fact that he is so madly and deeply in love with Nora that I guess I don't have much of a chance. 

   The characters were superb as usual. The clan make their appearances including Rune as they go to earth to help defeat the Dokkalfar. Along the way they meet a new character Cali and I thoroughly enjoyed her. She was a strong human and unbeknownst to her she has some strong lines and name and they join Nora and Gavin along their journey. Weylin has a larger presence as well and I liked getting to know him. He is such a warrior and I love his sense of humor. 

   The action is great in this one and there was always something catching me by surprised, But what I love most, and have loved about this series is that the character development takes the front seat. I like how intentions are so important to them and that is what strengthens them, and therein defeats the darkness. Physical closeness and devotion to their mate plays a different role in relationships, their strength and source of power than as in on earth, and I love this culture. 

   I was just sad while reading because I knew that one of my favorite series was racing towards its final words. I have loved these relationships, friendships, the family emphasis and the stunningly crafted world that they live in, and will miss them. I remembered crossing my fingers so hard to win a signed copy of the first book and my joy when it arrived on my doorstep and little did I know the friendship I would share with the author Elizabeth and the passion I would feel for this emotional, awesome series. 

    I got the closure that I wanted even though I love it so much, I wouldn't mind a spin off with Weylin, especially after his story in this one. So many things happened that I wasn't expecting but the element of human emotion and intent played out so beautifully with what Nora had to do to survive as well as live up to her title as Light and Hope to different races. Things with her that I was hoping did happen and I was so squeally when I read my suspicions confirmed. But that just made parts of the journey even more significant and difficult, but in the best way. 

Bottom Line: Beautiful, emotional, perfection.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you think you could discern walking a path which alters fate or one elaborately planned by the enemy?


  1. I've never heard of this series before, Brandi. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

  2. I hadn't even heard of this series Brandi but the fact that it's one of your favourites and that you weren't let down at all makes me want to go ahead and READ IT immediately!

  3. This does sound like an amazing fantasy series. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Reading the end of a series is always bitter sweet. Really, any book by a great author that you look forward to for a year and then devour in a couple of days. It just doesn't seem fair when it is all over. Janelle


  5. I have never seent this series, but now I am curious five stars! Awesome.

  6. I do remember your other reviews. I'll have to make sure I have this series added to my list!

  7. I do love my fantasy so I am so intrigued

  8. Dang,..I need to start this series. Love your review Brandi..the world and characters sound amazing and that cover is stunning

  9. I confess that I'm not a fan of the cover so it's not something I would have gone to, but what a shame for this great book! Fortunately now I've discovered your review!

  10. I haven't tried this series but it sounds great!

  11. I was just thinking to myself that I've seen this series somewhere before, it must have been on your blog. LOL! It's fantastic that this series finished so strong. Happy Friday. :)

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

  12. It's great when the author is consistent and the build-up is met with a great resolution. It's always hard to let go but at least it's ending on a high note :)

  13. I've never heard of this series but I'm SO happy it ended well for you. There's nothing worse than a conclusion that lets you down.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  14. I remember seeing your reviews, and now that the ending is here I'm so happy so loved it as much as you did. Oh my gosh, the picture you're painting of this series has me very excited now to check this series out. The fantasy/romance sounds so wonderful with the growth between the characters.
    Lovely review : )

  15. Love that cover and it looks like the book matches it. This sounds like a book I need to immediately put on my wishlist.

  16. It is always great when a series makes you so emotional. This one sounds great. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  17. This whole series sounds amazing Brandi! I hope I'll be able to read it one day, your review certainly made me want to.
    Happy holidays!

  18. Aw that is always so hard seeing a favorite series end but fabulous when they do it right and it's a great read. Sounds like such an interesting set of books!

  19. Ooh, I am someone who is all about character development, so knowing it is done so well makes me really want to read this! It sounds like everything was great about it! I have now added the first book to my TBR as well, looking forward to trying it out.


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