I received this book via the author, Kay L. Moody. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Vine Gate by Kay L. Moody
Series: The Elements of Kamdaria #7
Published by Marten Press on 2020-05-12
Length: 194 pages
Reviewing eARC Rating:
Reading Challenges: 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge, 2020 New Release Challenge, COYER All Year 2020
Talise’s spiritual journey is complete, but the enemy is more powerful than ever.
Rivers have been drained and forests burned to the ground, all in the name of change. Despite her own desire for change, the current destruction could wipe out entire cities if it continues. To stop it, she must steal a priceless artifact.
But with such a powerful enemy, even a simple heist could end in death. She must hide her soldiers. She must ask for help from someone who might hate her. She must train like she’s never trained before. Even then, she knows she’s walking into a trap.
If she succeeds, Kamdaria will be safe again. And if she fails, her life won’t be the only one that is lost.
Vine Gate by Kay L. Moody is the seventh installment of her novella series The Elements of Kamdaria. I adore this series! Each installment is better than the last even when I think that’s impossible. If you haven’t started the series yet, please note that there may be minor spoilers to previous books in this review. At the end of Smoke Gate, Kessouku stole the amulet from Talise. Now the empire is in chaos as they use the amulet’s power to wreak havoc on the emperor and people of the Crown. Talise and her crew are desperate to get it back. The question is how.
Talise is done mourning Aaden’s betrayal. She’s ready to move on though the hurt lingers. Her distrust of her friends has caused more problems than she bargained for. Talise is learning to trust Claye and Wendy more than she ever has. They know everything about her, and she is done keeping secrets. She is learning to rely on them, and I love how this shows her character’s growth.
As Talise begins to move on from Aaden, she begins seeing Claye in a new light. He is still her friend, but there might be more there. While I’m not a fan of love triangles, this feels different. The author is allowing the relationship between the two friends to grow naturally. It’s interesting seeing a different side of Claye, and we get even more information about him as we meet his family at the Vine Gate.
Overall I really enjoyed this installment. Vine Gate focuses on character growth with an action-packed, explosive ending. Fans of YA fantasy will devour this series.