3961451An absolutely priceless trilogy.  The Hammer of God picsk up a few days after The Riven Kingdom ends, with Zandakar imprisoned as a possible traitor, Dexterity banished from court, and Rhian doing her best to pull the other nations together to repel Mijak.

Mijak meanwhile has learned the power of human sacrifice and is lead to the shoreline by their mad empress and embittered warlord, where they pillage, murder, enslave, build, and train with ships to prepare for the long journey to Rhian’s once peaceful isle.

Most of this book just depicts the preperations both sides make for the upcoming war, finally ending in a brilliant showdown pitting brother against brother, with the blood of their parents lapping at their feet.

Dexterity Jones finds a fairly happy ending as Mijak’s toymaker and God’s prophet despite the fact that I almost wanted him and his best friend Ursala to hook up.  There’s an interesting love triangle between Rhian, Zandakar, and Rhian’s husband Alasdair, but I think the ending of that particular relationship was well done and very much needed.

I really like how Hekat’s character transitions across the three books.  You go from loving her character as a hero in Empress, hating her as a villain in Riven Kingdom, and finally pity her as a side character in Hammer of God.  The flow of emotions you experience through these transitions is fascinating and something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before in a trilogy.  Very well done.

Going to take a little break now.  That trilogy was kinda heavy.  Let’s try something relatively light and fluffy with Insurgent, second in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth next.

11735983One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.