Exiles & Empire (The Immortals #3) by Cheryl Mackey
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When an unexpected ally brings tales of secrets, Ivo, Jaeger, Jadeth, and Emaranthe must sift through old memories within a mystical book to ferret the truth from the fiction and decipher the long sought after map. What and where is the Crown of Gods and why do their memories and past lives matter? Time is limited. Rodon and the Empire of The Unknown Sun march on the Citadel to claim the map that will lead him to the one thing he wants most: Revenge The Exiles will battle with the Empire of The Unknown Sun for the map and the truth and there will be no winners. The race to the Crown of Gods is just beginning...
4 out of 5 (very good)
Exiles & Empire is the third book in The Immortals series. This is a prequel series that leads onto The Destiny series, the first book of which is already available.
We reunite with our main four characters in the midst of a battle. Old acquaintances are there, but you are unsure if they are friend to foe to start with. Time is running out for our characters as Rodon appears to get stronger with every meeting. By contrast, Emaranthe appears more fragile and small, although still very strong. The mystery deepens around Emaranthe, and Ivo is desperately worried about the woman he loves. As for Jaeger, he allows himself to feel again - just slightly - although this doesn't have a happy outcome.
An exciting story that is once again packed full of action, intrigue, dilemmas, and suspense. The writing is descriptive and on point. There were no editing or grammatical errors that I noticed. The creativity of Ms. Mackey knows no bounds, and this book continues the story along nicely, whilst still leaving you wanting more.
For an epic fantasy that is full of action, I have no hesitation in recommending this book, although you will need to start at the beginning of the series for it to make sense!
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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I live in Southern California with my adorable hubby and 2 sons. I am a Document Specialist with a mortgage company during the day and a writer during the night! I have a MFA in Creative Writing and enjoy games, reading and, of course, writing. I grow tall bearded irises and avidly listen to trailer music by groups like Audiomachine, Two Steps from Hell, and Future World Music. I currently have a flash fiction story published online at The Prompt Magazine. My favorite genre to write and read is YA Fantasy closely followed by YA Paranormal and I would love to dabble in Steam Punk and Dystopian. I have been writing for myself since I was 13 and using my mother's dinosaur of a typewriter (it was from the fifties I think!) and my father's special resume paper (without his knowledge). Those stories are long gone, but my brain never sleeps without coming up with new ideas. I am also a notoriously SLOW writer because I stress out and OCD over every word, freak out, then redo it. Rinse and repeat and you have why it takes me a year to do a draft.
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