I have been eager to read this installment of the series for a very long time, and now that it's finally here, it's bittersweet! I am so excited to have finally gotten the Maeve/Brody love story we've all seen coming, but I am sad that it signals the end of a wonderful series. Kerrelyn Sparks has a gift of weaving magic into every story she writes, not just in the subject matter but in the creation of characters that embed themselves in the hearts of readers. This book was an excellent comeback from the previous book as well, which I was really glad to see. The 4th book was one I didn't care for, and I thought I had lost my beloved author, but she is definitely back with this one. Reading it felt like old times again, and I'm so excited to see Kerrelyn hasn't lost her spark (pun intended). :)
Maeve has loved Brody from afar from years, even though most of their interaction has not been while human. With the power to change into a seal, Maeve knows she is special, but she has never been sure of herself around Brody. They interact once a month when she turns into a seal and plays with him in the ocean, though she has never let on that she knows it's him. Brody is cursed to be trapped in the body of an animal, with only two hours of freedom allowed as a human each day. WIth such a bleak future ahead of him, he can only watch Maeve grow into a beautiful young woman and hope she can find happiness without him. When Brody disappears to hunt for the secret Embraced army, Maeve knows something is wrong. He's never gone this long without seeing her, and after no one takes her concern seriously, she takes matters into her own hands and goes searching for him. What she finds is much more than she bargained for, and it will take both her and Brody working together, and realizing their feelings for each other, to finally have their happily ever after.
I loved Maeve and Brody, and I always have through each book. It was difficult at first to read about Maeve as the heroine this time, because I always thought of her as a young girl, but in this book, you see her as a grown woman with all the passion and strength that goes along with it. Brody was a wonderful secondary character, and readers loved him, but this was the first book where we got to truly see him as his own person and learn his backstory. And what a backstory! Both he and Maeve had amazing stories to explain who they were, and I think they actually have the most interesting histories of all the Embraced books. I never would have thought that they came from...where they came from...and how entwined their lives were from the very beginning. Maeve grew up so much over the course of this book, and for Brody to see how much she meant to him, it was utterly romantic. A perfect way to end the series.
Whatever Kerrelyn Sparks writes next, know that I will be one of the first in line to get my hands on it. I have been a fan for a very long time and will remain one. Highly recommended to all!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**