Hello everyone! How are you? I hope you are safe, this year is going worse and worse, that’s for sure!
Anyway, I am behind with my reviews, as per usual, and so today I am here to talk to you all about a book I read in May, so… let’s start!
I received a copy of this book but the opinions on this review are mine and completely objective.
Title: A Shattering of Glass
Series: The Riven Realm #3
Author: Deck Matthews
Page Count: 148
THE PAST IS A FRAGILE THING
For Shade, returning to Taralius is like a homecoming she never wanted. She soon finds that old relationships are changed and past contacts have turned sour. Worse yet, a bitter enemy stalks the streets—a venomous assassin who’s sworn to deliver Shade to her own sending.
Meanwhile, others in the city are delving into their own pasts. While Second Corporal Avendor Tarcoth re-establishes contacts from the shadowy life he thought he’d left behind, Tiberius follows the trail of an unexpected message toward an equally unexpected encounter. Neither man is aware of the dangers that stalk them.
Far across the Realm, the man calling himself Carvesh Tarne leads a small company through the depths of Jadenwood in search of answers surrounding the shadowbeasts that nearly destroyed his home and family. But answers aren’t always what they seem. Sometimes they fight back.
This is, so far, the last published volume of this series, and if this is a good thing, because hey! I have reached the last volume (for the moment) of a series, yay! But it is also a bad thing because I need more! I want to see what would happen next, and what is in waiting for our characters!
As for the previous volumes, I think that the main strength of this series is that the author manages to keep the books short (because they really are short, and in fantasy is an unusual thing… and I have to say that usually, I won’t consider a book so short because fantasy needs length to develop well all the points and I love chunky books, sue me!) but to make them good nonetheless. We have captivating characters, action, and a lot of it, intrigues, mysteries and more. All in a small package, and all wrapped up perfectly!
If in the first volume we see the things getting in motion, we start to know the world and the characters, in the second we have more action, sort of, and we start to know more all the characters, we get some interesting revelations and we see new characters make their entrance, in this third book we start to see how all these characters are connected, we see more link, we get to know them better and the center of the attention (and of my interest, too, to be honest) is moved from the countryside and Caleb’s group, to the city and to Shade and Avendor. Shade is the new entry in the second volume, and in this one, she became one of the main characters, and she is quite an interesting character but… usually, I would fall head over heels for her. She is just the kind of character that I enjoy but this time I am all in for Avendor.
And that’s not to say that the other characters aren’t good but… he is best. I liked him from the start, but more we see of him and more my fascination grew. He has a ton of potential, he is intriguing and quite complex. So yeah, he is my favorite and I need more of him around. And I have so many questions, argh!!!!
And about the questions… usually, I am not a big fan of books that leave you with more questions than answers. I think that, most of the time, they are just annoying and I loose interest very very fast. But it didn’t happen here! And now I am here with a ton of questions, and in dire need of some answers! Like… what is happening with Avendor’s wife? And what would do the queen? I think that those two are the major questions that are tormenting me at the moment, but there are a ton of minor (to me) ones that would leave you needing more!
I know that this is a short review, and I am sorry for it, but I can’t say much more because talking of the story would lead to some spoilers, and for the rest we have interesting worldbuilding, but I would end up just copying the reviews for the previous books (that you can read here: The First of Shadows and Dust of the Darkness) so that’s all for today!
And what about you? Have you read it? Or do you have it on your TBR? And have you read the other series by the same author? Let me know!