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Publisher's Summary

Some myths should just stay buried.

Brexley’s journey has led her to the most coveted object in the world. In discovering the Nectar, Brexley finds other secrets and truths she was not ready for, ones that destroy everything she has ever known, confronting a power within herself she is not ready to face.

Magic is a balance. Things come at a cost. In saving lives, Brexley destroys her own power, cutting the connection with the infamous legend. When faced with devastating loss and destruction, the fabric of friendship, trust, and love are put to the test.

Trying to forget her grief, Brexley delves deeper into stopping Istvan, uncovering the depths he will go to gain power. She is thrown deep into the underbelly of greed and deceit, leading her back into the depths of hell...where only one survives.

©2022 Stacey Marie Brown (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Hold on to your credit or money!!!

I'm sorry but this is a story that just seems to drag on. And no matter the good intentions the main character has every decision she makes seems to come back with an unforeseen or unexpected negative side effect. And it always seems like the enemy is 10 steps more ahead... And seriously if somebody goes through a prison as bad as that and then has nightmares and trauma long after it and then suddenly it's thrown back in another one!?!? And then let's waste a few more chapters in a story just to describe the trauma from the first prison and now have an entire book that takes place in a prison!?!? My heart has lost interest in this story! for God's sakes throw a reader of bone give the main character or characters that are being killed off a boon! I'm not saying there shouldn't be challenges but the amount of challenges being thrown in this book seem very unwinnable. Also half the books are filler, you can only hear about sex and gossip so long before it gets old. I'm tired of wasting my credits on something that sounds more and more depressing. I've lost interest in the story and don't think I will continue.

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Tough to get through

The first three books I had high expectations for the fourth however about midway I lost interest. Too many characters introduced, story becomes bogged down with a lot of details that don’t really add anything to the story just seem to drag it out. Always when did the heroine go from a bad ass to such a whiny and self loathing, but still reckless character. Finally finished and honestly it was tough.

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Taking too long to get to the point

I feel like at this point I’m invested and I have to finish. This is like soap opera long. So many eye rolls while reading. Of course there’s a cliff hanger just to make me keep punishing myself. I kept skipping forward to get past parts. Ugh 2 more books kill me now. What a great way to destroy a great story line draw it out into 6 books.

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wow

this book came full circle. it had me on the edge of my seat. at times I wanted to stop listening it was just so intense. good job!

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Still engaging!

A little slow the first few chapters but the end was worth it! Was so into it that when it was over I didn’t realize it and wasn’t ready. Anxiously waiting for book 5!

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Hooooly heck

These just get better and better. Dead lands and bad lands were both as fantastic as the first. But that freaking ENDING 😩 brutal. Can’t wait for the next one

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A bit slow, but still good

I LOVE the Savage Lands series. It’s the only series I’ve listened to multiple times. The slow burn to book 3 was definitely worth it. This one, however, is the slowest paced book so far. A lot of the book feels like filler and not much happens. Stacey Marie Brown’s writing is still superb, but I did find myself slightly bored and extremely annoyed with Brexley. Brexley seems to have forgotten litter everything she learned in the first 4 books and repeatedly makes the same mistakes. I wish we would see a lot more character development and emotional growth from Warwick because at this point, it’s just an emotionally abusive relationship that Brexley needs to leave ASAP. Killian or Ash would be a better partner for her, tbh. Warwick is sexy as hell, but he has zero redeeming qualities.

***spoilers ahead***

My absolute least favorite trope is the “powerful heroine loses her powers” trope. However, SMB does a good job of making sure we understand that Brexley’s powers aren’t gone for good (thank goodness), BUT when Brexley starts feeling trickles of her power returning, she brushes them off as imagination/hallucinations. Like how many times does she have to hear from others that they have no idea how her powers work before she realizes that her power is different from most and she probably didn’t burn all the way through it?!! I spent the last several chapters wishing someone would slap her so she’d come to her senses.

I am curious how Brexley’s mother will play into the rest of the series, because after her reveal as a Necromancer, it seems that there is a lot more she needs to impart to Brexley. I also am wondering if Brexley bringing the Necromancers back to life has broken the curse on them? That is a very interesting plot line that was just kind of abandoned in the middle for no reason. I also have a hard time believing Brexley would just leave her mother so quickly and willingly after finding her.

All that said, I need book 6 on Audible ASAP!!!!

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not her best

made her get stronger in the other books and then made her useless. poor book loved the rest of the series but this one fell really flat.

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Ugh

Just finished this book and I am so disappointed. I had told myself to push through and just finish the series. Just found out that it’s not 5 books as I thought but rather 6. Unnecessary. So many repetitive things, it’s like the author just couldn’t or wouldn’t come up with anything good. The heroine’s stubbornness is supposed to be a good trait but she just continues to come off as entitled, immature and just plain stupid. I won’t even touch the so-called romance. Im gonna try to finish the series just cuz I’ve already wasted 4 credits on these books but will likely just get them from the library or through kindle or something to see if I can save money and speed through it quickly. It sucks because despite it’s initial flaws, it was an actually pretty interesting idea and story. The narrator at this point is driving me insane. She could be worse, for sure, but she’s just too much… Also, I would like for there to be a scene where this girl says she needs to eat AND actually eats the food and keeps it down. Ridiculous.

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The narrator gets all the stars

There needs to be trigger warnings in the description. Because this book is truly dark.
I thoroughly enjoyed all 4 books and devoured them all within that past few days. I never loved a narrator SO much. she does such a great job at all characters. She deserves an award. She is by far one of the best I've listened to in a long time. & I have A LOT of audio books lol.
I absolutely love this story, I do, but I am beginning to feel used and like the author is just dragging this out for as long as possible. I hate when authors do this!!! Seems to just keep on happening now a days. It doesn't become about the love for the story and characters or even fans. It's all about money. At the end of this, I felt beaten down and depressed. The constant losses and truly f'd up crap that just keeps on happening. It gets redundant and ruins the story. & this really could be amazing, but it gets lost with all the fluff or, more like continuous explanations of what it's like to always end up on the losing end. How much disappointment can you give one character book after book before giving her a win? Move it along please. please!!!!!!!!!