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The Onyx Prince (The Journals of Ravier #3) by J.R. Vaineo

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#Dark, #Epic, #Fantasy, #YoungAdult,

A FATE TRULY WORSE THAN DEATH . . . Is there such a thing? Before travelling through a portal to the world of Muraine with my friend, Gemma Galloway, I would’ve said no. But now? I’ve come to realize that there is. So many things are worse than death, here on this world with magic.

​One matter at the forefront is his desire for me. The King of Vitiosus, Zymarc, desires me for his next apprentice. I’ve managed to resist him, thus far. That decision, however, is harder and harder to hold to. There is nothing he will not do to get to me, to tempt me, to break me. And he means to break me. But if he cannot have me, well . . . as I said, there are fates truly worse than death itself. And I’ve seen death too, a spirit most terrifying and powerful. Yet it is Zymarc, whom I fear more than death, more than Soren, more than anything.

​I didn’t know why, either. Why should I, Tyler Malik Ravier, fear him? Then I saw his true face. Not the face of the Vitiosyn King. But the face he had before the change, before the corruption of that vile magic, when he was simply an Onyx Warrior. His features are familiar. On and on, I agonize over who he reminds me of. Can it be true? Could he really be who I think he is? And what if he is? Do I hold the strength and courage to put that creature down? Or simply will I hand over the dragon-horse to appease him?

​Or, worse . . . will I join him?

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4 out of 5 (very good)

THE ONYX PRINCE is the third book in The Journals of Ravier and we return to Muraine. Talok is still hindered by an evil gauntlet that is changing his very persona. Gemma is now The Galloway and in a relationship with Ben. Tyler has his eye on Sky. But unfortunately, Zymarc isn't interested in happy families.

As with the previous books, there is SO MUCH going on. I mean, seriously. In fact, if I could ask for something, it would be a small description of each 'clan', just so I can keep it clear in my head just who does what. Saying that, the character list helped a lot, as did the rundown at the beginning.

This is a fast-paced book, but a true fantasy in that it is a long read, giving you time to immerse yourself in their world. I love how Tyler is growing into whom he is supposed to be. I still don't think he will end up with Sky, but we'll see.

This is also an emotional book that had me in tears at one point. Did I think what did happen would happen? Yes. Did it stop me from crying? Absolutely not! And I love that - to be gripped by a character so much I get all the feels.

This is the third book, but it's definitely not the end. I have enjoyed these three, and now I can look forward to the next three. Absolutely recommended by me.

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* 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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J.R. Vaineo is a self-published indie author. In 2018, she published her first book: Kings of Muraine. When she’s not writing, she and her husband, Jessie, have many adventures together. Mostly in cooking, photography, analytical talks, going for walks in the rain, and fawning over their two adorable fur-babies. While J.R. Vaineo writes mostly fantasy fiction, she enjoys reading all genres; except, perhaps, for horror stories. She strives to improve her craft of writing, by drawing from lessons learned in a creative writing program, through the Institute of Children’s Literature, as well as other sources. One of those other sources was psychology. What she learned, during her years of obtaining an AA degree in psychology, has proved invaluable in fleshing out characters and plot twists. Currently, she is working on an eight book series—The Journals of Ravier—that’s been in development for over thirteen years. Sometimes, she is quite jealous of the characters’ abilities, found within her own writing. If that is a sign of anything, it is this: Obsession.

Now you know more about me. But I cannot wait to hear your story. Your dreams. Your frustrations. If you want to connect with me, I’m on Twitter and Facebook—Bookbub, too. If you want to, check out my website, and contact me through there, as well.

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