Battle With Fire (ARC review) – Epic series finale


The following review is part of my being in the author’s review team, which ensures that you can read it before the book comes out.


How difficult is it to write about the end of a beloved series? Very. And, mind you, I was extremely late to the DDVN World party! Still, I stalled writing this review, since I read Battle With Fire almost a month ago. I simply didn’t want to say goodbye to Reagan, Darius, Penny, Emery, Cahal, Charity, Devon, Roger, Lucifer, and everyone.

But goodbye I must say, if only until Queen Breene offers us a spin-off novella down the road, regardless of how sad this feels for this reader. However, before getting into the review per se, I will say this one thing: the finale is epic!

What the book is about

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Battle With Fire

Series: DDVN World, Book 11

Author: K.F. Breene

Publisher: Hazy Dawn Press, Inc.

Date published: 10 September, 2021

Pages: 287

Synopsis:

The thrilling conclusion to the bestselling Demon Days, Vampire Nights world!

With Lucifer wanting revenge and the elves desperate to hold onto their power, a battle is inevitable.

The question is, which side will Reagan choose? The elves have treated her and her friends badly. Lucifer held her captive.

Will she claim revenge…or will she seek to help balance the worlds? Is that even possible? Regardless, she’s not one to back away from trouble.

As the worlds heat up and fates are realized, Regan’s future is anything but decided.

Epic and surprising

If there is one thing to be said about this last DDVN World book, it is that the book is completely and totally epic! (And when you know me – those of you who have followed my tennis writing and tweets over the years are aware of it – know that I really don’t like that word because it is overused and that, consequently, I only use it when it is the only word that I can use to describe a book, or a tennis match, or a sporting event, etc. But Battle With Fire is exactly that: epic.

Packed with action scenes (and battles – which is no spoiler since, after all, it is a war!), the book is difficult, almost impossible, to close, even for food and sleep, and offers, on top of the action, a roller-coaster of emotions worthy of a finale.

Furthermore, throughout the pages, you will find yourself gasping in surprise, more than once, from start to finish.

Mysteries solved

If there is a lot of sadness involved with the fact that Battle With Fire is the series finale, there is also a lot of long-lasting mysteries and sub-stories solved and resolved. Of course, I will not tell you which ones, as it will be for you to find out, but let’s just say that all of them are done satisfactorily. One in particular…

Laughs and love and heat and more laughs… and tears

Throughout the 287 pages of the book, I passed through the whole variety of emotions, starting with laughter (dang, I’ll miss the Reagan/Penny interactions!), and continuing with lots and lots of love, just as much heat, and even more laughs (love you, Red Prophet!)! One moment even had me crying, but I mean, ugly crying, to the point that I had to stop reading for some time in order to calm myself down.

There were also things that gave me all the feels, like Penny infusing her love for Reagan in her spells, Lucifer actually apologising, and Roger’s integrity and, well, being all Alpha, and everything Cahal. And seeing Penny finally standing up to her mother was met with my yelling, “About f***ing time, Penny Bristol!”, or Reagan getting her point across to Vlad at some point. My “way to go” moments.

It was emotionally full, but very satisfying.

My verdict

Why is it the end?????

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I will miss this series so, so much! But gosh, was that a great, fun ride! So thank you for those moments, Queen Breene!

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As for the book itself, I’m sure it will come as no surprise to say it is

A sad farewell five stars!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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