Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review: Elder (Firstborn #3) by Raine Thomas

Elder (Firstborn #3) by Raine Thomas
Publisher: Iambe Books
Release Date: December 27th 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
Source: Author
Format: E-book

Goodreads Summary:
Clara Kate is one of the eight beings needed to activate the Elder Scroll, an ancient artifact causing tragedy and darkness on the Estilorian plane. She knows that her focus needs to be on finding the final piece and stopping the evil Mercesti, but Ini-herit isn't making it easy.

He’s working closely with Clara Kate on the quest to stop their enemies…too close for her comfort. His presence serves as a constant reminder of the love they shared on the human plane, a love that he no longer remembers at all.

Her life and the lives of those she loves are at risk, and she knows she has to put aside her personal problems. So far on their journey, she's endured heartbreak, terror, pain and loss. She’s even been brought to the brink of death.

She thinks things can't get any worse.

She's wrong.

My Review:
Elder which is the 3rd book in the Firstborn trilogy - definitely delivers everything that you would expect as the final installment of the Firstborn series. It is full of suspense, action, and romance. Because you can't have a Raine Thomas book without an epic romance. It would be like a fish out of water. This author definitely has a talent for writing unique romances in each of her books, that really, always take the reader on a special journey because of how complex they are and because of the loveliness that her characters tend to have about them.

Which leads me to the main characters in this book. Clara Kate and Ini-herit. To say that these two epitomize character growth would be an understatement. These two characters really have a one of a kind romance in that it's not something that I've read before and boy do they overcome a lot of complications. The way in which their story is set up is that Clara Kate and Ini-herit have already fallen in love when they were humans for a while, but as they return to their Estilorian world, Ini-herit forgets everything that he lived with Clara Kate. Can you imagine standing in front of the love of your life and him not remembering you at all, can you? Well, that's the hand that Clara Kate's is dealt with. And it doesn't help that Ini-Herit in the Estilorian world is a really good guy, but highly stoic, and full of an immense self control, and distant, so in a way, these two have to fall in love all over again. Besides the troubles that they have to face with the rest of the characters in the books, the greatest challenge that the main leads have to face in Elder is to conquer the distance between them as people and it is quite fascinating to read about.

Besides the romance, another highlight for me in this book were the villains. We don't have only one, but two main villains. A man (Eirik) and a woman (Metis). What is so interesting about these villains is that they do work together but each is secretly against each other and quite evil in different ways. It was really great to read about them because both of these characters thought that they had it all figured out and that they were the ultimate villains in the story but in Elder, we get to see that being so power hungry can blind you and make you forget that just as you can be really cruel, there can always be someone out there meaner than you, waiting to dethrone you. I mean, the power struggle between these two characters, was so complex that it almost felt like witnessing a chest match between two vicious vipers. 

Overall, I would say that Elder is a story about conquering fears, overcoming mental and physical boundaries and how amazing the power of friendship and love can be in the darkest moments of life. And, to say that this book is jam packed with twists is an understatement, Elder was full of surprises. It definitely was one of those un-putdownable stories that make you feel like you are in a race against time because of all of the turmoil that the characters are stuck on.

My Rating: 5/5

Elder by Raine Thomas will be released December 27th 2012 by Iambe Books. 

And you can either purchase it in Amazon  or Barnes & Noble 

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Trailer for Elder


  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review Elder, Jennifer!

  2. First, I like that cover! It's very captivating in my opinion! It draws my eye to it. IT also sounds like it would be a good read, too!
    With the romance that sounds amazing, and how the series sounds like a must read, I am so gonna have to add this book to my TBR pile!!

    Great review, girl!!

    Magen Corrie

    1. Thanks so much, Magen! :)

      Oh my gosh. I know, right? I love the cover too. It's so pretty.

      And this series is so good. The romance in each and every single book tugs so much on the heartstrings. I think that you'd really like it :)


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