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The Soul of Power

Del Rey: Ballantine. (Waking Land, Bk. 3). Jun. 2019. 480p. ISBN 9780399177446. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399177453. FANTASY
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Sophy Dunbarron, the bastard child of the supposed rightful king of Caeris, never expected to be queen. After the successful decades-in-the-making rebellion (The Waking Land), all expected either him or his son to act as the new ruler. But things turned out differently. Sophy, now leading the still spiritually divided country, faces many challenges. When not trying to unite the people or stop the bickering government ministers, Sophy contends with a refugee crisis. When Elanna woke the land, magic was released. Suddenly ordinary people are finding themselves with supernatural abilities and fleeing from their countries to Sophy’s. Unfortunately, not all the citizens of Sophy’s country welcome them. If these difficulties were not enough, Sophy is pregnant and unmarried. As the threats increase, Sophy and her allies’ lives are increasingly in danger and their country at war.
VERDICT An excellent and exciting conclusion to an outstanding romantic fantasy trilogy. Sophy is as intriguing and complex a hero as Elanna and Jahan (The Memory of Fire), while the secondary characters remain just as well drawn. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]

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