“My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.”
My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father’s side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn’t going to happen.
Taken away by the last Spirit Walker, I am meant to train with him so that I can finally stop the false mother goddess and her plans to rule both humans and elementals. I am meant to train so that I can meet her on even ground, but training takes time.
Time is not something we have. The world is coming apart at the seams as the humans rain down destruction upon their own kind and the supernatural world. The false mother goddess is hunting down the most powerful elementals to take the last of their power, and through it all, the secrets of who I truly am begin to spill upward.
I must find the strength to stop the mother goddess, and to save our world, but which aspect of my heart will hold me up and what will it cost me in the end?
Blood of the earth. . . .
Child of Spirit. . . .
Bastard Princess . . .
Ender . . .
Protector . . .
“They are your children. Can you not stop her?”
“No. Interference to that level is what has brought this on us. We must stand back and let you battle for us. You are our champion, Lark.”
My god, I was just so angry while reading Destroyer. I was mad for what the character is going through. I was angry at the story. I was upset that the ending was probably going to go the way I didn’t want. This was a rough book for me to read.
I was feeling the rage that Larkspur was feeling, that she has a right to be feeling. Everyone is trying to use her for her own goals. They have ruined her entire life. They have been in the shadows, fucking everything up just to make her stronger for shit they themselves are going to do to her. I’m just so pissed off at everything these characters have done to her just to play their dumb fucking games.
Then I was mad at the author because I just wanted to yell at everything to stay still. It is a constant game of “guess who is going to switch positions now!”. This character is an enemy! NO AN ALLY? Nope, definitely an enemy. Oh look at this other character, totally an ally. NO WAY AN ENEMY? Oh my god I just didn’t care anymore at a certain point I just wanted it over. There is only so many times an author can pull that “surprise” and have the reader still care that it is happening, and for me I stopped caring like four books ago.
We as readers also finally figure out everything that is happening. Which thank goodness, since this is the last book in the series! It only has to uproot everything we know yet again and add in more things that we couldn’t possibly have known since the beginning of the series. It isn’t just the people that switch around constantly. Everything does it, including the way the elemental world functions and what exactly Larkspur is supposed to do. So frustrating.
The ending actually is the ending the series deserved. I’m glad. I was worried all throughout the book that the author would pull the cheap happily ever after method of ending a series. Yet this took the hard, dirty, bitter road. I’m really actually glad for it. I thought to myself while reading that the only way this series could possibly end is the way it actually ended, because everything else just wouldn’t fit. Well, it fit. It is a hard ending, with the possibility of crossover by any further spinoffs by this author.
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