Samara's Peril by Jaye L. Knight
Samara's Peril, the third volume of The Ilyon Chronicles, continues the story of the Resistance and their attempts to keep the emperor and his armies at bay.
Though I thoroughly enjoyed the prequel and first two volumes in the series, I didn't love this story quite as much... There was a plot twist in the first half of the book that was very well done, but I did feel that there was too much violence.
While violence doesn't typically both me (and please know that Jaye L. Knight's books are never gory), there was quite a bit of warfare and death. The amount of killing just really rubbed me the wrong way. And I had a bit of a hard time making my way through the battle scenes.
Kyrin. Oh, Kyrin. Though she's one of my favourite Ilyon characters, I just didn't love her in Samara's Peril, and she seemed a bit too flawless (which is probably because she was mainly viewed through Jace's eyes), which made her rather hard to relate to.
Overall, I do recommend giving Samara's Peril a read. It is part of The Ilyon Chronicles (which is reason enough, right there), and while I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the other installments, it still made for a good read. :)
You may want to know: There is fantasy violence, a few sacrifice scenes, and mentioned effects from strongly implied (but never directly stated) rape.
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(Samara's Peril was written by Jaye L. Knight and published by Living Sword Publishing; its copyright date is 2016.)