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I m still feeling like a moron trying to read this series I think it has too much going on and I m having a hard time keeping track of it all Whether or not they are in Mineral City, The Realm of Light or in the here not here I m still confused as shit What is up with those wheels anyway And all the eyes and the cobra There better be some answers in the next 50 pages or I m going to flip a biscuit Update book series finished Urgh, my brain I m just going to say that Post Apocalyptic fantasy is not my cup of tea I m still not sure I understood what the hell happened If another book comes out I m going to pass. Hahahahahahahaha Thorn gets a new buddy in Host This one was sent from her former home, the New Orleans Enclave Yes, the one that threw her out in the first place Cheran Jones is a prissy and arrogant metal mage whose duty is to instruct Thorn in the arts of diplomacy Apparently she s not polished enough to represent the neo mages in Mineral City, even if she s been too busy hiding, killing demon spawn, and containing the Dragon, to worry about media relations Along with the Seraphs, the Earth Invasion Heretics, her ex husband, the town preacher, and all the colorful cast members in the series, Thorn must now defeat the succubus queen if they are to live to see another day.I like Thorn She tries to do the right thing, she really really does But when the right thing is asinine, or completely objectionable, she redefines the meaning of right to ensure that her loved ones, her friends, and even the townspeople who don t care for her much, are as safe as she can make them Host is a satisfying conclusion to the Rogue Mage series I m kinda hoping forThorn, though The Rogue Mage series is complicated sometimes to the point of being hard to follow, but the story is interesting The last book did leave a lot of unanswered questions enough to make me wonder why she hasn t written another book to completely wrap up this story Even the things that did get wrapped up were only half answered like what happened to Lo Lo Is Rose evil What s the deal with the lynx What s the deal with amethyst and the wheels and the snake Why don t witches have souls Are they ever going to get souls I personally think Faith s newer series, Jane Yellowrock is much better. As a result of her new Seraphic visa and station her birth Enclave sends a metal mage emissary named Cheran to train Thorn However, she immediately realizes there isthan meets the eye to the pompous Cheran, and she senses a underlying current of danger from him While she is trying to juggle the demands from the different organizations due to her new position, and trying to figure out how to rescue her twin, the Succubus Queen makes a reappearance threatening the ones she loves When the attack turns deadly, the trapped uses that death power to escape his prison, and he has his sights set on Thorn.Once again the evil darkness led by the Dragon does all it can to get a hold of Thorn and her power Its up to Thorn to stop him as she cannot call for Seraphic help without risking the town as humans always die whenever a Seraph draws their sword While she may not always handle diplomatic situations well, she never once flinches when it comes to duty and honor in protecting others She would rather allow herself to be gravely injured than risk the human s deaths A character with less strength and determination could not have survived her perils Through the battles she learns some distressing truths about her past and who she really is, as well as what her birth prophecy really means These revelations are bittersweet and many came as a shock to Thorn as well as myself I knew many things were hidden to her in her past, but some of them just completely floored me The book ended with most things tied up, but still left open the possibility forbooks The series had a slow start but did not disappoint me as it went on Thorn is really admirable character and her voice makes for a good read. Host finishes up all the Rogue Mage books to date, currently a trilogy There aren t current plans to writeto the series and since this one was published around 2010, it doesn t seem like it would happen anytime soon, if at all.With that in mind, this book does wrap up the main arc of the initial 3 books very well You won t be left on a razor s edge when you close the book and while I m not going to put any spoilers in this review, I will say this This book ends DARK This trilogy is not the feel good trilogy winner of the past few years, by any means That s not a bad thing at all, but it s definitely not everyone s cup of tea The imagery in this book is incredible In the final third it reads like a modern version of Revelations with the amount of seraphs doing battle between our existence and the between time space they can flit around to We get to the source of a lot of the big bad uglies we ve been dealing with and Thorn gets some very big surprises, hardly any of them good A new neo mage shows up as well with an unhealthy interest in the goings on of Mineral City Thorn has way too much to worry about without adding a possible backstabber to the ranks As if that isn t enough, The Dragon has finally woken up What impressed me most in the span of these three books was how much Thorn utterly changes and grows as a character Her entire life living in hiding is uprooted and by acknowledging and accepting what she is as a neo mage she can never go back to it again There is an incredible sense of loss in that for her and as a reader it helps ground you in the midst of all the strangeness that is this book with the relate able feelings of irreversible change Her friendships and idea of family are pushed to the absolute brink and the town she stands in at the end of the third book is nothing like the one she rides back into at the start of the first For a trilogy that never leaves the confines of a small post Apocalyptic mining town in the Appalachians this is a huge achievement Overall, I don t feel this is written as tightly as Faith Hunter s Jane Yellowrock series, and I didn t exactly like seeing as much repeated imagery as I did, be it in manners of speech, certain descriptive vocabulary, or location To my knowledge these aren t supposed to take place in the same universe so that definitely pulled me out of the immersion of this new worldthan I d like That being said, the concepts at play here are amazing If you are a fan of anything angel related, lore behind the Book of Enoch or Revelations, or even some lite sci fi, supernatural stuff, there s a lot here for you in this trilogy The writing is fantastic, as are the descriptions It sneaks up on you how much you care for this cast of characters and I know I was left deep in thought after the last page Definitely check this out It s not terribly long in terms of page count and it s very unique It s not perfect, but still a worthwhile investment. Did you ever go to the movies and buy a too big popcorn, then find yourself 30 minutes later giving a queasy look at the bottom of the empty bucket and thinking, jeez, why did I That s how I feel after reading this series It was entertaining, but not at all nutritious, and I shouldn t have overdone it like that. Ok I did really love this book, well 99% of it anyway the battles were amazing and the detail made me feel totally invested I think the MC Thorn is fabulous and has enough hang ups to make her believable and likeable I was completely absorbed in the end of days scenario even to the point of demanding hubby cooked dinner last night so I could finish but then the finish happened To say I feel unsatisfied is inadequate I feel like a kid who has been promised a trip to Disneyland and then got told sorry watch a Disney Dvd instead All I can say is this can NOT be the last book in the series Faith You can t let it end with so many things hanging please say there is another book If I hadn t been so enthralled with the story and buoyed by a spirit of fairness I would have given it gasp 3 stars purely on the fact that I feel so unsatisfied with the end but I still love the writing and the series has been most enjoyable that I can t in all honesty 3 star it I do recommend the story, its a fun read but brace yourself at the end. &READ EBOOK ☛ Host ✐ In A Post Apocalyptic Ice Age Envisioned By Faith Hunter In Bloodring And Seraphs, Humans Continue Their Fight To Survive Amid The Warlike Forces Of Light And Darkness And Struggle To Understand The Seraphic And Demonic Beings Who Have Invaded Their WorldAfter Risking Her Life To Save The Residents Of Mineral City From A Fallen Seraph Of The Underworld, Thorn St Croix Finds Herself Finally Accepted, Albeit Warily Not So The Mage Who Arrives From The Council Of Seraphs, And Who Could Be Her Greatest Ally Or Her Most Dangerous FoeBut A Terrible Danger Threatens Mineral City The Bonds Of The Dragon Have Been Loosed And It Will Soon Be Free Darkness And Its Minions Overtake The Town, Setting Off Avalanches And Cutting Off Communications At The Mercy Of Darkness, Thorn Must Rally The Townspeople Together For Only As One Can They Survive But Her Loyalty Will Be Tested By Someone She Once Lost To The Dark Her Twin Sister I think I might have skimmed the last 100 pages or so a bit, cause I actually ended up reading two of the chapters a second time, because I couldn t remember what happened in them The book wasn t in itself boring, I m just sick with the flu Now, the book It was a fun enough read, even if I feel the series hasn t really been finished Anyone know what I mean Also, all the damn characters and things happening I struggled to keep track of the different angels and demons and everything I think this is why I ended up skimming so much toward the end But yeah Well written and interesting story. Warning This review contains massive spoilers I reveal the end of the book.In many ways this book fell into familiar patterns Darkness attacks, Thorn and Co beat it only to have an even worse Darkness rise up.The book also suffers the everyone is in love with the protagonist, who is in love with everyone problem I d pick Eli He knows what s he s getting into and wants it anyway They seem to have genuine, non mage heat induced chemistry The attraction between Thadd Thorn seems to be mostly hormonal There seemed to bein the first two books but that s not evident here Lucas apparently has great charisma but I ve never felt it Thorn knows he will never be faithful so despite shared history I d say be done with him However, I like that Thorn is not described as beautiful In fact, she now has so many scars from various battles that she is definitely not beautiful which lessens my annoyance with everyone being in love lust with her Eli and Lucas lean toward love, I think Thadd is mostly lust and since it s completely beyond his control that helps too I enjoyed the political intrigue and the useless visa.I really liked Eli s question about whether we d automatically assume that the Seraphs were the good guys if they were ugly and the Darkness was beautiful It is amazing that the Seraphs killed 6 billion people and yet humans assume they re good I hope the EIH is wrong I dig the idea of it being a religious thing that wasn t quite what anyone expected Besides, if they re right, why does scripture bother Darkness I m conflicted about Hunter addressing homophobia I liked that Rupert and Audric areor less accepted, but I always thought it was unbelievable that they re branding people for swearing, drinking, etc and yet leaving homosexuals alone Today, the far right would have blamed them for the apocalypse happening in the first place Also, feminists Though for a very traditional society there seems to be remarkable parity between the sexes.Herein lies the end of the book Read at your perilIt was really the last 30 or so pages that made the novel for me I didn t care all that much about Rose or whether she could be rescued it actually seemed like apressing concern in the first two books but Rupert s death was terrible and tragic His final Audric was heart breaking I loved them together.Even so, I was glad that once Rupert had died he couldn t be brought back Doing so would have lessened the impact of his death It would have cheapened it, and his sacrifice.I couldn t help wishing it was a character I cared less about Lucas Failing that, I would have taken Thadd I liked him a lot in previous books but his presence here was almost non existent.I understand why it had to be Rupert It sets Thorn against Rose, and I would imagine it at least distances Audric from Thorn Intellectually he probably knows it s not her fault, but emotionally it s a different story I think his duty would keep him bound to her but I know things will be strained between them I m not sure their friendship will survive I also think the narrative was at a point where a greater sacrifice was called for Audric is too important to the story line to die and possibly Hunter realized that Lucas wouldn t have the same impact But as terrible as Audric s life has been I wanted him to be happy And he was happy with Rupert.Like Thorn, I hate Rose, though it s noRose s fault than it is Thorn s and intellectually I know that Rupert would have died either way since the Seraphs were already going into heat He was beyond saving, and had Rose not taken his life his death would not have been as meaningful and they may have fallen to the Dark But irrational as it is, I blame her Rupert s death was necessary but damn if it doesn t hurt like hell.