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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: Breaker (Ondine Quartet #4) by Emma Raveling

Check out my reviews of the other books in this amazing series: Whirl, Billow, Crest

(Ondine Quartet #4)
by Emma Raveling
War. Prophecy. Freedom.
She fought for herself.
She fought for friendship and love.
Now, Kendra Irisavie fights for the survival of her world.

War rages on, leaving no one untouched. Destruction rips through elemental communities and terror flourishes in its wake. Suspicion soars, order fractures, and loyalties crumble despite Kendra’s desperate attempts to protect everyone she holds dear.

When an organized Aquidae army launches a series of merciless assaults, Kendra and her friends set out to end the bloodshed once and for all. With the fate of elementals hanging in balance, the Shadow and sondaleur hunt each other down in a brutal match of cunning and will.

Kendra has trained for this her entire life. But in a ravaged world where trust is scarce and no life is sacred, she soon realizes her battle may be against an invincible enemy and that her darkest days lie ahead.

Twists and turns shape her harrowing odyssey, leading to a stunning climax that challenges everything she believes in.
Torn between destiny and autonomy, Kendra must finally decide whether the cost of freedom is too high.

Heartbreaking decisions, turbulent alliances, and shattering revelations collide in Breaker, the explosive conclusion to the Ondine Quartet.

Endings are rarely easy, especially the ending of a beloved series. As readers, when we reach the ending of a series we love, we go through all the emotions: excitement, anticipation, fear, love, denial, more love, and eventually acceptance. The Ondine Quartet has been such a big part of my life for four years and I am immensely sad to see it end, but dude, what an epic way to end! This wonderful book has gloriously killed me with ALL the feels!

In Breaker, author Emma Raveling brings it and she brings it hard! Thrills, twists, startling revelations, heartbreak, romance, pain, sexy-times, gut wrenching grief, humor, simply beautiful words...Breaker has all this and more. This fourth and final book in the Ondine Quartet does not go out quietly, but ends with a bang, a boom, fireworks, and a thousand trumpets. This book resonates loudly, it sinks bone-deep; I can still feel its gorgeous echoes in my heart. I’ve said it before, but I’ll said again: Emma is a spectacular storyteller who spins endlessly enthralling tales and never disappoints me...Breaker is no exception.

From page one, Breaker delivers the heart-punches; the action; the gasp-worthy revelations and keeps them coming until the very end. Emma brings her captivating world full circle and gives the places we’ve come to love in the Ondine Quartet a proper farewell, while taking readers to places they never imagined going. Throughout four novels and several novellas, Emma has threaded different characters, storylines, and events into the pages and I love that, in Breaker, all these threads come together to weave a breathtaking tapestry that tells a complex, smartly planned, and expertly navigated story.

I’ve always loved how character driven this series is and, throughout the novels and novellas, have fallen very much in love with so many of the characters. Kendra, Tristan, Julian, Jeeves, Aubrey, Ian, Nexa, and everyone else, have all come to mean so much to me and I’ll admit that I was absolutely terrified to learn their I should have been! I think I spent at least half of Breaker in tears, equally wanting to hug and smack characters. But be rest assured, the fates of these characters may not end up being what you want or imagined, but in the end, they feel right.

Emma throws some wicked curve balls at readers in Breaker that had me all “No friggin way!” and ‘Oh, she did not just do that!” and especially “Fuuuuck!”. Breaker’s ending really surprised me and is nothing I ever imagined it would be, it isn’t an easy ending or a sugary-sunshiney one, but it is exactly everything it needs to be. And, as heartbroken as I am to say goodbye to this world and its characters, I can honestly say, I approve of the ending 100%.

My Final Thoughts: Breaker is everything I hoped and needed it to be. Emma Raveling has written the stunning, fierce, and surprising conclusion that both readers and her characters deserve. I cannot thank her enough for giving this magical series to the world!!

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Emma Raveling writes a wide variety of fiction for teens and adults. She is the author of the young adult urban / contemporary fantasy series, the Ondine Quartet, and Lost Blood, the first installment of the forthcoming young adult urban fantasy series, Chancer. She’s also working on the first book in her new Steel Magic series for adults.
An avid traveler hopelessly addicted to diet coke and coffee, she currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband and German shepherd.

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