I think of a better to kick off my birthday than celebrating release of ELDER, the final book in Raine Thomas' Firstborn Trilogy! I have LOVED this series so much that I even went back and re-read the book that started my love of Estlorians, Becoming.
Before I get to my review of ELDER, I'd like to share with you the trailer:
What a way to end a trilogy! I've been waiting to read Clara Kate's story since she is the oldest of the "Firstborn". Clara Kate, or CK as her family calls her, reminds me so much of her mom, Amber. While her story couldn't be as easy as it seemed on the human plane or else there wouldn't be a story. The glimpse into CK & Ini-herit's relationship while in the human plane was beautiful and explained so much about the frustration CK has felt since returning. Elder picks up with the action of Shift with CK, Sophia, Quincy, Zachariah, Ini-herit and the others trying to track down and rescue Tate and Ariana. I'm still amazed as older Estlorian's demonstrate emotions in different situations. ELDER is filled with action, heartbreak, laughs and of course some romance. It's hard to talk about how much I LOVED this final book in the triliogy without revealing secrets. There were several times when I felt like my heart was going to be ripped out, but then it was pieced back together. The interactions between "Sparky" and Tate are priceless and Teige and Ariana are too sweet. So the tension between CK and Ini-herit is so strong because their love on the human plane was so strong and Ini-herit needs a little time to release hundreds of years of having no feelings on the Estlorian plane. Watching Ini-herit struggle to remember what he felt for CK when on the human plane was endearing and while I hated to see what it did to CK, it fit his personality perfectly. I was shocked by a couple revelations during the book, but the characters they affected, handled them well. One thing I have always enjoyed about Raine's books is how she pulls in so many characters stories even when the focus is on one person. Learning more the others we were introduced to in this series added to the background of looking for the scroll and bringing balance to the Estlorian plane. It's not often you find a series with strong and humorous female and male characters, and I love what Raine does with her characters. While I know this is the last book and I LOVED how she ended it by bringing all six books together, I still can't help but more. I guess that's the best way to end a series, all questions answered, but hard to say goodbye.
If you haven't read Defy or Shift or the Daughters of Saraqael, I would highly recommend you pick them up! I give ELDER 5 stars!
Now for GOODIES!!! Raine has put together a wonderful little giveaway:
Brief author bio: Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.