Creatures of Light
by Emily B. Martin
Fantasy / Romance
Harper Voyager Impulse
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
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Queens, countries, and cultures collided in Woodwalker and Ashes to Fire, the first two books in Emily B. Martin’s Creatures of Light series. From Mae’s guidance to retake Lumen Lake to Mona’s eye-opening adventure in Cyprien, we now see things from Gemma’s perspective—a queen in disgrace…and symbol of the oppressive power of Alcoro.
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.
Creatures of Light—the eponymous third and final book in Emily B. Martin’s series—is a novel filled with adventure, betrayal, and a queen’s lifelong struggle to love and trust herself.
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About the Author:
Park ranger by summer, stay-at-home mom the rest of the year, I am also a freelance artist and illustrator. An avid hiker and explorer, my experiences as ranger helped inform the character of Mae and the world of WOODWALKER.
When not patrolling places like Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains, or Philmont Scout Ranch, I live in South Carolina with my husband, Will, and two daughters, Lucy and Amelia.
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Quick Reasons: the final perspective sheds light on events that started way back in book 1; I felt like Gemma’s POV was a bit stiff/formal; there were some smaller emotional moments that really helped to “shape” her for me; once again, Emily B. Martin yanked the rug out from under me; awesome conclusion to a thrilling adventure
Huge thanks, once again, to Emily B. Martin and Harper Voyager Impulse for shooting a free digital galley of this title my way in exchange for an honest review! As always, this in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
And having completed this series, let me just say: it is so, SO obvious that Emily B. Martin knew where she wanted things to go from probably the very first page. There is a plot twist lurking in this last installment that I hadn’t even imagined might happen. The build-up to this is subtle, quiet enough to pass by even the most observant readers. It was masterfully done, and I applaud Emily B. Martin on achieving it–and making it seem so very seamless!
I did feel as if Gemma is the more stiff/formal character of all of them. I’m not sure why, but I didn’t connect with her nearly as well–perhaps this is due to the way she carries herself throughout the series, or the fact that she always seems to be holding everything within herself. Don’t get me wrong here, Penguins–there is ANOTHER character, or several, who tend to hold themselves in check…but something about Gemma on the page felt a bit more distanced. There were a few smaller, emotionally-driven moments, however, that REALLY helped to “shape” her as a character for me. These were the moments I caught a tiny glimpse past her surface–and found a woman made of steel and barbed wire. Seriously, I adore the way that Emily B. Martin wrote her characters for this series–they are all so very vibrantly different, and SO well-rounded!
This was a fantastic closure to a thrilling, heart-pounding adventure! I am so, so honored to have gotten the chance to read the series back-to-back; despite not usually binge-reading an entire series all at once, I dove into each installment with breathless anticipation, excited to see what came next! I really did adore that each book follows a different person, and is from an entirely different perspective–this helped to fully mold the story, and keep the journey from feeling “stale” during quieter moments. Emily B. Martin wove a masterpiece with these novels–I definitely recommend them to lovers of fantasy, strong-willed women, and mounting political tensions. There’s an execution bell tolling, Penguins; will YOUR head be on the chopping block?