Did you know that 4 years after the conclusion of the Razorland Saga a 4th book in the series was released!? Well it was! Come see what I thought…
Razorland Saga #4
by Ann Aguirre
Published July 25th 2017
by Feiwel & Friends
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
The Razorland saga continues. Since the war ended, Tegan has dreamed of an epic journey, so when she has the opportunity to sign on as ship’s doctor, she can’t wait. It’s past time to chart her course. Millie Faraday, the kindest girl in the free territories, also yearns to outrun her reputation, and warrior-poet James Morrow would follow Tegan to the ends of the earth.
Their company seems set, but fate brings one more to their number. Tegan will battle incredible odds while aiding Szarok, the Uroch vanguard, who has ventured forth to save his people. Szarok is strange and beautiful, like a flower that blooms only in the dark. She shouldn’t allow him close, as such a relationship is both alien and forbidden. But through stormy seas and strange lands, she will become stronger than she ever knew.
I didn’t expect anything going into this except to revisit characters that I wanted to see again. Settling into the book I realized that this was set AFTER a war… there is still lawlessness and a need for some fights and survival but it isn’t the same as during times of a beating war drum. i didn’t mind this… I wanted to see where the characters took themselves. If you are expecting the SAME type of none-stop action as in the trilogy then this book will disappoint you.
Later you can tell that A LOT OF DEVELOPMENT went into Tegan. A LOT! It’s not readily apparent from the first but you can see she isn’t quite what you thought she was reading from Deuce’s POV. I really appreciated this! We rarely see others exactly as they are as our perceptions warp the truth so I really felt like I was walking in the REAL Tegan’s shoes. She’s quite the modern girl and she has gone through some tough female centered trials. This also means that when she starts having feelings for the opposite sex for the first time in her life she acts on it… nothing is forbidden to her nor will she allow convention to hold her back from what she wants.
I LOVED Szarok! His POV was a little less than Tegan’s page number wise but that was okay! His viewpoint packed quite a punch… I was so enthralled! I loved his initial perceptions of Tegan and how her being willing to consider what he wanted slowly brought him around. The specific way his feelings were described made me giggle as I found it quite delightful for the romance to be built upon respect rather than appearances!!
The development of their romantic relationship was really the sum total of the plot. There is a small, short story worth of plot about Szarok’s people and finding them a place they can live with the proper food sources around to live a healthy life but it’s really in service of the love between Tegan and Szarok! The answers were a little pat and people were a touch too easy going about it all but the message was nice and you really wanted to concentrate on the couple!
The forbidden romance was SOOO well developed! From their first interactions you really wanted to root for them… as they progressed into friendship you were swept away by the respect they showed one another and as they determined to transition to the next level of their romance it was quite beautiful how their interactions came together. Ohhhhh the FEEEEEELLLLLSSSS!!!!!
James Morrow, the Storyteller is quite smitten with Tegan and has been patiently waiting for her to come around. She refuses to be blunt with him and so he chases her. Along the way he gets closer to Millie who he doesn’t realize he has met before. James and Millie’s romance was quite typical but in that bumbling clueless way that men have sometimes. It was sweet and uncomplicated. When we switched to Morrow’s POV I wasn’t upset but I knew that it was to keep tension high concerning Tegan. It’s Tegan and Szarok I wanted to get back to…
Deuce and Fade are met briefly but they are settling down to regular village life. After revealing some of her past to Szarok Tegan opens up to Deuce and how her reactions to how Tegan acted really hurt her feelings. It was a beautiful chat… I’m not sure that it was realistic at all, lol, but I WANT it to be… its a great conversation dealing with friendship for girls to read about!
BOTTOM LINE: Forbidden romance set in the Razorland Saga world!
The end was not the most satisfying for me. I didn’t mind that a forbidden romance was contrasted by a clueless one, but I do mind when an unexpectedly charming story suddenly turns into this contrived romantic pit. Szarok did not return home with a plan or a desire or anything! He just pretended that Tegan never happened like any shamefaced human male would who was in the wrong!! It was tied up nicely in the end but I can’t help thinking that a more unexpected but equally happy ending could have been found!
Ann Aguirre is a USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.
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