Book Review: A Fire Endless

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Title: A Fire Endless
Author: Rebecca Ross
Publication Date: 2022
Publishing House: Harper Voyager

This the second book in the Elements of Cadence series. This is a duology, so the second book is the last book in the series. I got the first book in the series, A River Enchanted, from Book of the Month. This book I picked up from the local library.

In the stunning conclusion to the Elements of Cadence duology, A Fire Endless finds the delicate balance between the human and faerie realm threatened by Bane, the spirit of the North Wind, whose defeat can only come through fire, song, and heart-rending sacrifice.

East and West. Humans and Spirits. Breccans and Tamerlaines. The Isle of Cadence has always held itself and its residents in a tenuous balance. But now Bane, the spirit of the North Wind, has pushed everyone and everything in his path off-kilter in a bid to claim dominion over all.

In the West, Adaira struggles to adjust to the more brutal, bitter ways of life among the Breccans. Striving to find her place in the clan, she swiftly realizes that it just might be the last role she desires to hold. And while magic blooms effortlessly for the Breccans in the west, the spirits continue to suffer beneath Bane’s harsh power, felt in every gust of wind.

In the East, Jack is adrift without Adaira until he sings to the ember-weak fire spirits, acquiring a dangerous mission he never expected. One that is destined to lead him westward. Likewise, Torin and Sidra are consumed by a new mystery as sickness spreads first amongst the crops, and then to the people of the Tamerlaine clan. While Sidra desperately searches for a cure, Torin dares to strike a bargain with the spirits—a precarious folly anytime, but especially now as the days grow darker.

With the island falling further out of balance, humans and spirits alike will need to join together to face Bane, and Jack’s gift with the harp will be called upon once more. Yet no one can challenge the North Wind without paying a terrible price, and the sacrifice required this time may be more than Jack, Adaira, Torin, and Sidra can bear to pay.

This book picks up a month after the end of A River Enchanted and the books need to be read in order to understand the dynamics of the relationships. This series is so full of love, not the kind where the characters met three days ago and fall in love, but real lasting relationships where the characters actively work to change to be better for the people in their lives that they love.

The isle of Cadence is populated not only by the two clans but also by the, mostly unseen, world of the spirits. These spirits have their own hierarchy, their own fears, and their own rebellion. Their world is beautiful and wild and full to bursting with color. For the isle to be in balance the clans and the spirits must work together.

I recommend this series for fans of Irish and Scottish mythology, for fans of Rebecca Ross, and for fans of a good story that feel like a fairy tale. Have you read this the Elements of Cadence? Let me know in the comments. Happy reading!

Read the review for A River Enchanted here.

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