Creatures of Light (Creatures of Light #3), by Emily B. Martin
Publish Date: January 23, 2018
Published by: Harper Voyager
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**
Queen Gemma—although she isn’t sure she still has claim to that title—is in prison.
To her people, it’s simply called “The Retreat,” but in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by guards and unable to speak to her husband, King Celeno, there’s no other word for it. The only comfort she has is knowing she might not be there long—the Prelate has let her know in no uncertain terms the council is, even now, deciding her ultimate fate.
And Gemma would resign herself to that if it wasn’t for a mysterious stranger breaking her free and setting her on a course that could change the world. With precious information—and a skeptical travel companion— Gemma must undertake a journey to find answers to the questions that have defined her life for years…and her country for centuries.
If she can make this desperate scheme work, she might not just forge peace between Alcoro and their neighbors, but win some peace of heart as well. And, perhaps, she’ll learn the same lessons Mae and Mona learned: that being Queen doesn’t mean having to do everything alone.
From the moment I realized I had fallen in love with Woodwalker two years ago (I realized it around the same time I realized I had finished half of it in one day), I knew this series was going to be something else. And this conclusion was both beautiful and heartrending, perfectly imperfect in everything it was, and just a wonderful end to an incredible journey.
Emily B. Martin has such a way with her storytelling. The settings are rendered beautifully, the characters are real and alive, and the relationships and friendships are what end up truly driving the story and shine brightly on the page. I absolutely loved getting to know Gemma in this book, and discovering her story and journey along the way.
Honestly, I wish more people read these books because they are so down-to-earth in such a fantastical way. There might not be any seeable magic in this series, but it is definitely enchanting in many ways. Thank you, Emily B. Martin, for introducing me to these characters in Woodwalker, and pulling me into an unexpected journey I didn’t know would be just the thing I needed and loved.
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