Format: E-Galley | 384 pages
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Angry Robot
Source: Angry Robot
The thrilling conclusion to the breakout Malediction Trilogy by Goodreads Choice finalist Danielle L. Jensen.
Cécile and Tristan have accomplished the impossible, but their greatest challenge remains: defeating the evil they have unleashed upon the world.
As they scramble for a way to protect the people of the Isle and liberate the trolls from their tyrant king, Cécile and Tristan must battle those who’d see them dead. To win, they will risk everything. And everyone.
But it might not be enough. Both Cécile and Tristan have debts, and they will be forced to pay them at a cost far greater than they had ever imagined.
WARRIOR WITCH, by author Daniel L. Jensen, is the final installment in The Malediction Trilogy. I would be remiss by saying that you really should have read the first two installments, Stolen Songbird, and Hidden Huntress before jumping into this book. Especially since WARRIOR WITCH picks up at the exact moment that Hidden Huntress ended. This is a story that flips narratives between human/witch/songstress Cecile and the Prince of Trolls, Tristan who are also a married couple.
After killing the witch responsible for keeping the Trolls in Trollus for hundreds of years and breaking the curse that bound them, Cecile was warned that "All of the world's blood will be on her hands." Right away, some readers will say, oh shit, another special snowflake who can't get out of her own way! Yeah, no. Let's stop saying that about female characters, shall we? Things happened over the course of this series because of Troll politics, Troll shenanigans, and Troll backstabbing for power. Things happened because Cecile was brought to Trollus and left there by someone she liked.
Things happen because a certain ruler couldn't control his own people and then used compulsion on Cecile into doing something she really had no control over. Yes, Cecile and Tristan have made their fair share of mistakes. But, that's the way it goes someTimes. If you have no clue what it means to have to do something against your will, look up the idea behind compulsion sometimes. A significant part of this story takes place in Trianon where the humans are about to face a danger unparalleled in their lifetimes.
I've held my breath many times after reading negative reviews over this story. I can see why people have so much hate for Cecile, and for Tristan as well. But, let's talk about Roland, Lessa, Thibault, and of course, the worst sort of villain, Anjouleme. A significant part of this story takes place outside of Trollus, and lots and lots of people suffer for Cecile's mistakes. But, some significant people also die when the story cuts back to Trollus. I have no intention of spoiling anything more than that.
Cecile and Tristan are not alone in their fight against Anjouleme and his minions, but they also have their fair share of arguments which goes against everything that happened in the first book. The Twins Victoria and Vincent, Fred, Cecile's brother, Marc, Tristan's troll cousin, Sabine, Cecile's friend, and Chris all play their parts in this final story arc. Plus, there is the whole back story of Tristan and Cecile owing huge debts to the Winter Queen, and Summer Queen that left me leering longingly ending them both so that our happy couple could walk away with their HEA.
While WARRIOR WITCH isn't necessarily the best book in the trilogy. I won't jump on the bandwagon by saying that this is the worst in the trilogy either. Jensen does her best to wrap up this series in a way that she believes makes sense. And, it does. Especially the Epilogue where I actually had a bit of water in my eyes after all was said and done. Some authors tend to walk away from a series either willingly, or not having the second, or third books in a series picked up by publishers. Angry Robot gave Jensen the opportunity to finish Cecile and Tristan's journey. So for that, thanks!
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