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The Balefire coven has tried and failed to replicate the original rite that bestowed immortality upon them centuries ago. Some were hoping to finally die, others to discover new reaches of power. Twins Clio and Thais weren't sure what to expect, but now they are forced to confront a hidden enemy who still wants them dead. In addition, they're coping with the love they both The Balefire coven has tried and failed to replicate the original rite that bestowed immortality upon them centuries ago. Some were hoping to finally die, others to discover new reaches of power. Twins Clio and Thais weren't sure what to expect, but now they are forced to confront a hidden enemy who still wants them dead. In addition, they're coping with the love they both feel for the same person, who has finally made his choice. Readers who devoured the first three books in this thrill-ride series will be dying to see what happens next, and they'll be rewarded with a shocking turn of events that no one will predict!


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The Balefire coven has tried and failed to replicate the original rite that bestowed immortality upon them centuries ago. Some were hoping to finally die, others to discover new reaches of power. Twins Clio and Thais weren't sure what to expect, but now they are forced to confront a hidden enemy who still wants them dead. In addition, they're coping with the love they both The Balefire coven has tried and failed to replicate the original rite that bestowed immortality upon them centuries ago. Some were hoping to finally die, others to discover new reaches of power. Twins Clio and Thais weren't sure what to expect, but now they are forced to confront a hidden enemy who still wants them dead. In addition, they're coping with the love they both feel for the same person, who has finally made his choice. Readers who devoured the first three books in this thrill-ride series will be dying to see what happens next, and they'll be rewarded with a shocking turn of events that no one will predict!

30 review for A Necklace of Water

  1. 4 out of 5

    Loren

    Well done Tiernan you achieved what you set out to do... if that what you set out to do was DESTROY YOUR FANBASE. This book was not the fantastic ending we were all expecting. She writes the series with a complicated pace; feeding us with crap for the beginnings and middles and piling on the good stuff at the end. Nothing wrong with that. The problem is that she reveals her synopsis for the last book in the first bloody chapter: Clio will drown: Yes she does. Thais will strike bloody revenge at Daedal Well done Tiernan you achieved what you set out to do... if that what you set out to do was DESTROY YOUR FANBASE. This book was not the fantastic ending we were all expecting. She writes the series with a complicated pace; feeding us with crap for the beginnings and middles and piling on the good stuff at the end. Nothing wrong with that. The problem is that she reveals her synopsis for the last book in the first bloody chapter: Clio will drown: Yes she does. Thais will strike bloody revenge at Daedalus: Yes she does. Nothing stops them. Easy as pie. The only BIG problem with this book was the anticlimax that is...Carmelita. Melita is introduced in book one and it is very heavily implied that she is still alive. And she is. Wow. Shocker. Anyway, the problem is that she doesn't do ANYTHING. She shows up, laughs, monologues for a moment, and then skips off again. Every single past volume of this series ended more satisfactorily. Loose Threads Marcel and Sophie love story? Manon's thoughts are never given in the Treize's chapters. Luc's plan was never revealed-Impregnating Clio? Claire and Jules love story? Are they no longer immortal? This is pure speculation here, I think the twins lost their powers by being submerged in the Source. Both twins fail to sense people around them post-incident. They both seem drained and at peace.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Say-Boo!!!!!

    well i can not say that i liked the ending as much as the first three books but it was still good. i was hoping the romance parts would heat up more and there would be more interaction between the romantic interests in this book but that did not really happen. i am still glad i read the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debra

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Sari

    While these books do get better over the four, this one still ends with much frustration. There are so many plot holes, inconsistencies and loose ends, the ending reads like there should be at least another book. There is no resolution (view spoiler)[the big bad Melita mystery ends with her turning up, killing someone, bringing someone else back to life and disappearing again (hide spoiler)] and very little character growth. (view spoiler)[The twins are evil! But oh, wait, they're not? You mean, While these books do get better over the four, this one still ends with much frustration. There are so many plot holes, inconsistencies and loose ends, the ending reads like there should be at least another book. There is no resolution (view spoiler)[the big bad Melita mystery ends with her turning up, killing someone, bringing someone else back to life and disappearing again (hide spoiler)] and very little character growth. (view spoiler)[The twins are evil! But oh, wait, they're not? You mean, it all comes down to choices? Whew, I was sure I was evil for a second there. (hide spoiler)] The birthmark device has its own inconsistencies, first Clio has a 'memory' and sees the birthmark on Petra's husband's cheek, and later Petra muses on how it is carried through her family line. Umm, so which is it? And the whole incest thing, ugh. (view spoiler)[You didn't tell me you were my great-great-great-great granddad! How could you! I hate you forever! Oh, you're not now? Great, c'mere big boy. And let's not forget that Luc was Cerise's cousin, but nobody ever seems to realise that (Luc's dad was Cerise's dad's brother). (hide spoiler)] So, obviously I was frustrated. But something about the books still made me read to the end. The secrets and mysteries of each of the Treize was intriguing (if left unfinished at the non-end), and there was a cute kitten.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I have to say, I started reading with really high hopes for this book, and for the series as a whole since it is the last book. I loved the Sweep series, and so when I got a hold of the Balefire book with all four books in it I practically inhaled the pages. I enjoyed the previous books, and enjoyed the characterization that occurred throughout the books. Thais and Clio are interesting - similar but not the same, despite their identical appearances. There were several compelling story lines, and I have to say, I started reading with really high hopes for this book, and for the series as a whole since it is the last book. I loved the Sweep series, and so when I got a hold of the Balefire book with all four books in it I practically inhaled the pages. I enjoyed the previous books, and enjoyed the characterization that occurred throughout the books. Thais and Clio are interesting - similar but not the same, despite their identical appearances. There were several compelling story lines, and I was expecting this book, since it is the last one, to end all of those story lines (romantic, who is attacking the girls, is Melita still out there and if she is what was the rite supposed to do 260 years ago?) Only the (view spoiler)[ romantic story line (hide spoiler)] was resolved. I still had tons of questions that this book did not answer and upon finishing it immediately stalked angrily to the computer to see if there was supposed to have been a 5th book or something. All in all, I enjoyed the series. I liked the characters, was involved in the danger and the suspense, and invested in the outcome. My main complaint is that the series doesn't feel finished.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katerina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I feel like Thais betrayed me. And WTH does Luc mean by "friends"?! he obviously didn't mean it. Clio is darker than Thais. Fact. Richard and Clio is cute. They deserve each other. What about the other romances? Some of the other things that happened didn't make sense. Like, why? or what lead up to it? it seemed like a random event.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    Wow there is a whole lot going on in this book which of course I can't discuss without spoiling the suspense. So I'm just going to say that it's a satisfying conclusion to the series though quite a few things are left hanging as if the series isn't really done. I feel that there definitely should have been another book to tie up all the loose ends.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Raven

    I didn't like how abrubtly the book ended. I feel like the ending should have been drawn out just a little bit more or even the epilogue. It was really suspenseful none the less and I really enjoyed the series and the characters.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Bain

    im not going to say I loved the ending cause it could have been better. but I still really did enjoy it but theres definitely some things that didnt get cleared up. but all good still loved the series as a whole!

  10. 4 out of 5

    D&D

    Overall I was happy with it! I would have liked a little more romance but the story was interesting enough that I still ended up liking the series. Overall I was happy with it! I would have liked a little more romance but the story was interesting enough that I still ended up liking the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marjie Pride

    i can not believe how this series ended left hanging like that i can only cross my fingers and hope cate decides to do more on the story later on!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    The fourth book ended with a bang. This series really did improve with time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda G. (Nellie and Co.

    And so the Balefire story has ended, finiteod, much like my patience and genuine enjoyment for this series. But my lack of enjoyment is nothing new to those who have followed my reviews for this entire series, and it actually saddens me to say that out of the four of them, this was quite possibly the worst, which for a finale, is both gutting and disappointing. The synopsis promised great things, even; 'a shocking turn of events that no one will predict', those of which were pretty darn predicta And so the Balefire story has ended, finiteod, much like my patience and genuine enjoyment for this series. But my lack of enjoyment is nothing new to those who have followed my reviews for this entire series, and it actually saddens me to say that out of the four of them, this was quite possibly the worst, which for a finale, is both gutting and disappointing. The synopsis promised great things, even; 'a shocking turn of events that no one will predict', those of which were pretty darn predictable if you don't mind me popping that bubble for you, and after some of the final events took place, that was it, I was glad to never have to pick up any of this series ever again. Unlike some of it's previous books in the series, A Circle of Ashes and A Feather of Stone, which actually improved one after the other, even if only by a small amount, A Necklace of Water just fell pretty short of the same excitment I'd previously felt, and while this wasn't the fault of the writing nesacarily, or the way Ms Tiernan decided to include much too large and complicated words which after 3 and a half books, did eventually come to frustrate me considering her style of writing is much more of the simpler style, no it wasn't these issues that really resulted in me just feeling nothing more towards the book, that was all down to Clio, which I most definitely will be getting to shortly, mark my words. I did have another couple of issues, which probably isn't that much of a surprise anymore, but even so, they should be mentioned and discussed, so here they are. The constant referring to events to have either already happened, or reminders of who the characters were, what they'd done or how they were related to those more important characters. I had previously mentioned this is my review for A Feather of Stone, so finding it was happening again wasn't so much a surprise, but so much more fustrating. If your readers have made it through to the last book in your series, chances are, they remember the pretty importants events that happened earlier, and who all the characters are in relation to one another, and this made me reach a point past annoyance and so in the end, I just scanned past these areas, which of course ruined the reading experience, but hey ho, can't have it all. The second was the seriously bad, no, absolutely terrible ending. After a good nights sleep, I still can't comprehend what on earth the author was thinking pairing characters off with people I felt they didn't belong or deserve to be with, or what made her want to leave so many unanswered questions, or give so many unclear answers, especially those concerning who was attempting to murder to twins after Richard, which is interpretable but not defined, what actually happened to Melita during her vanished years and in the quickest ending to a story I've probably ever experienced, and just how unplanned the ending felt. It felt quick, rushed and unexciting, and it didn't leave me sad that I'd finished the series. In truth, I felt very little at all. But my biggest problem with this book however was the characters, and much more than usual. As I mentioned earlier, Clio really took a beating not only character wise, but in my opinion and liking for her too. I wasn't a huge fan of how her character was deteriorating throughout the series, but after a snide and pretty horrible comment made by her character, that was it, I wasn't interested in her actions, anything that happened to her, how she felt; it genuinely reached a point where I didn't want to read any of the chapters from her perspective. I didn't have any feelings towards her at all, and not only that, I felt that her attitude towards herself and others had become selfish and stupid, her feelings towards her own family, especially Thais and Petra was shocking due to her being so self absorbed in her own quests and feelings that she didn't consider anyone else's, and in the end, I didn't care whether she was involved in the story or not, which made me feel pretty darn sad when she very rudely decided to die. I also began to dislike Luc much more than I had throughout the series and this also disappointed me quite a lot. He became quite possessive over Clio and Thais, and threw claims of emotions around like confetti on a wedding day, and after a while, I began to notice that underneath his attractive exterior, he had no real personality, feelings or character within him, which in truth made him quite easy to forget and dislike, so while he didn't necessarily do anything directly for me to dislike him, I just ended up doing naturally instead. With many of the other characters, I just felt that they were there and weren't doing much of anything throughout the book, if anything at all, and so very many of them just passed through my thoughts, other than two, Thais and Manon. Thais was the only character to me, who improved with every book. She became a stronger person emotionally and much more grounded, she gained respect for both herself and her family, as well has a protective feeling over her friends and those who meant alot to her. She created herself a strong core and amount of courage that made her dangerous to those she had problems with, and this change in character, from starting off as a whiny teenage girl who'd been told she was moving to live with a stranger, to a confident, independent woman with answers to her heritage and past was just wonderful. Manon on the other hand grew more confident and strong once she'd been betrayed, and while she wasn't quite as lovely in the end as I had once thought, she was however a great character on the grounds of her relationship with Sophie and the struggles she went through having become immortal and such a young age. In the end, her ending was possibly my favourite, as she had grown up and become the woman she wanted to be, whether Sophie was beside her or not, and I was proud of her short but important development in this book. Overall, I was disappointed with how this series ended. I felt the overall story and plot was weak and rushed, taking place in too short a time period, I felt that the characters weren't developed enough throughout for it to make much of a difference and I can quite honestly say that I won't be picking up anymore of Cate Tiernan's work, even if it's absolutely out of this world. For a £4 deal, it wasn't so bad, but if you're going to pay full price, be certain you want it, as there are much better books out there for the same price. Wibbly Wobbly 1.5 Stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok I really did enjoy this series, but I have to admit I'm kinda disappointed with the ending. That's the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Ok I'm glad it's implied that Richard and Clio will b together (sooooo glad they aren't related) and Thais and Luc....but there's no explanation of why Melita wasn't able to do the rite and where she went afterwards. Like if she really wasn't able to do it I'm sure she would've gotten pissed and killed everyone present, including her mother LOL. Bu Ok I really did enjoy this series, but I have to admit I'm kinda disappointed with the ending. That's the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Ok I'm glad it's implied that Richard and Clio will b together (sooooo glad they aren't related) and Thais and Luc....but there's no explanation of why Melita wasn't able to do the rite and where she went afterwards. Like if she really wasn't able to do it I'm sure she would've gotten pissed and killed everyone present, including her mother LOL. But seriously and now she's just stillout there somewhere? I thought they were going to defeat her somehow or she was gonna have a change of heart or something. There was really no closure on that for me. It feels like the series isn't over, but it is 😕

  15. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    I got through this in a few sittings, but I still don't care about the characters and I wasn't a fan of the series arc as a whole. There's some problematic sex/romance scenes in here (can we just accept that 'no means no'? Please?) and everything felt far too easy for the characters.

  16. 5 out of 5

    La-Keya

    This is actually pretty cool book series. BUT it ends so soon, there definitely can be so so so much more that could come after. It sucks you in only to be like ‘WHAT!?’ I can’t have it end there. So let’s pray miss teirnan extends these

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cailey

    Really enjoy Cate Tiernan writing. I was excited to find another series by her and read everyone in this series. One right after the Other. I did feel the ending very rapid like it wash rushed. And was very let down with ending because of the empty rush at the end.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tiffy Homsher

    Cate Tiernan's books are incredily AWESOME reads... However like with the Sweep series the ending are just blah.... Almost like she didn't know how to end them so just did.... If that makes sense lol

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kaycee

    Almost a month after having completed the final Balefire book, I felt called to leave my review - simply because I cannot quit thinking of these books. The first Balefire book, "A Chalice of Wind," sucked me in entirely. I completed the book in one sitting - that is how enamored I'd become in the lives of Thais and Clio. Cate Tiernan painted a lovely story of magick, immortality, mystery, and love. Not to mention, reading the books has now made me want to visit New Orleans more than ever. Come t Almost a month after having completed the final Balefire book, I felt called to leave my review - simply because I cannot quit thinking of these books. The first Balefire book, "A Chalice of Wind," sucked me in entirely. I completed the book in one sitting - that is how enamored I'd become in the lives of Thais and Clio. Cate Tiernan painted a lovely story of magick, immortality, mystery, and love. Not to mention, reading the books has now made me want to visit New Orleans more than ever. Come the second book, "A Circle of Ashes," I was left just as excited. The romance between Thais and Luc was palpable, as was whatever was threatening to brew between Clio and Richard. The third and final books, however....was entirely anticlimactic. Too much information had been left out, not enough had been explained. Ideas and speculations that were raised in the first and second book were left unanswered, unexplained, and unaccounted for. Still, here I am, a month later, unable to quit thinking of Thais and Clio. Because, despite the letdown of the third and fourth books (don't get me wrong - they were enjoyable, only not what I was expecting), Tiernan still managed to effortlessly draw me into her world of magick. The story in itself was filled with so much magic and wonder. It's the sort of story that sucks you so far into its world of magic that when its all over...you sorely wish that it wasn't.

  20. 5 out of 5

    s e n t i m e n t a l i t i e s olittlebear

    Boring with a terrible ending. Okay, reading it there were interesting moments but it's the final book, meant to sum everything into a perfect conclusion and it doesn't do it! Things aren't solved. You've got Melita who was just happy to up and leave without getting what she wanted and no one's worried or wondering why. You've got Clio who is suddenly over her bitter obsession with Luc and Thais not having him and is fine and dandy with Richard who tried to murder her, then had sex with her thin Boring with a terrible ending. Okay, reading it there were interesting moments but it's the final book, meant to sum everything into a perfect conclusion and it doesn't do it! Things aren't solved. You've got Melita who was just happy to up and leave without getting what she wanted and no one's worried or wondering why. You've got Clio who is suddenly over her bitter obsession with Luc and Thais not having him and is fine and dandy with Richard who tried to murder her, then had sex with her thinking he was related to her, yes distantly but still, without offering her the info before the sex. There's Luc who is meant to be a good guy who simply makes every wrong choice making all the right choices and ending up with a sappy little happily ever after moment that ends the book! Ruins it is perhaps a better phrase. You don't know who was trying to kill the twins before Manon but after Richard. You don't know if Daedalus really did kill the father. Thais doesn't seem to get so much as a frowny face from anyone (bar Clio at the time) about stripping someones powers. Not even questioned about it, no, she just goes sunning herself. Manon decides to try murdering the twins so she's suddenly killed off. It seems too simple and bleh when I liked her. Also I wanted to know about Sophie and Marcel, and Claire and Jules. Why go into their stories and develop their characters for absolutely no reason. Ughhh. And the end. Was. Ridiculous. Too sappy and happily ever after and everything just wrong. Same with Clio being brought back to life. If she's going to die, let her die. Shouldn't Marcel have played some kind of more dramatic part after foreseeing the death? Is everyone just totes chill about ageing and dying now? I get what Richard and even Marcel had to offer Cerise, but really, Daedalus? WHY. Just cause she enjoyed freebies? Nu-uh. Doesn't work for me. And Claire being all in love. Come on. That was a huge cliffhanger. I liked her. Also, Axelle got all this power and did nadda with it. Ohmygosh. I'm so bothered I could rant for ages. 3 star book taken down a notch for leaving me, the reader, ridiculously unappeased with no next in the series to even offer a chance of answers.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    The first three books were great. I was impressed by how Tiernan took the time to develop the back stories and motivations of most of the Trieze - thirteen characters, with overlapping histories, is a lot to handle. However, the end result is that she brought up a lot of things that just never get resolved. See the list below: (view spoiler)[1. Who was trying to kill the twins (other than Richard) anyway? This was the storyline through all four books and we never even find out who or why, exactly. The first three books were great. I was impressed by how Tiernan took the time to develop the back stories and motivations of most of the Trieze - thirteen characters, with overlapping histories, is a lot to handle. However, the end result is that she brought up a lot of things that just never get resolved. See the list below: (view spoiler)[1. Who was trying to kill the twins (other than Richard) anyway? This was the storyline through all four books and we never even find out who or why, exactly. 2. Luc wanting to impregnate one/both of the twins... He sure did a massive 180 turn around near the end, and all his babymaking plotting just disappeared into thin air. Disturbing. 3. Daedelus, really? Cerise was the weakest character - by the end, it just seemed like everyone wanted her and she was fine with letting them all share her body, if not any actual emotional or commitment. 4. Daedelus, really? No, you didn't read that wrong. He was power hungry from almost literally page 1, but in such an obvious way that he wasn't even threatening or interesting, just kind of mildly annoying. 5. Axelle got so much power and then...did nothing with it. Okay. 6. MELITA, Melita, Melita. Ohh, the scariest and darkest of all. Shows up (like anyone actually thought she was dead, after several hints were dropped as forcefully as a hammer), revives Clio, and disappears again. Uh, what? 7. I already knew Manon would die because we never got a single chapter from her POV, plus it's like the "tragedy" you could see coming a mile away - she finally ages, finally wants to live, and then gets zapped. (hide spoiler)] Altogether, the ending is so disappointing that it takes away my previous enjoyment of the other books.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Issam

    A great ending to the series (for a total of 4 books). I saw a few twists coming in this one, but overall, it was a satisfying finish. The first book is probably the weakest one, (Really, long lost twins who meet each other for the first time AND also end up being powerful witches too? Haven't heard that one before! *rollseyes*) but it works well as an origin story to set everything up for the rest of the books. The story itself, crossing here through all four books, is actually very well told. A great ending to the series (for a total of 4 books). I saw a few twists coming in this one, but overall, it was a satisfying finish. The first book is probably the weakest one, (Really, long lost twins who meet each other for the first time AND also end up being powerful witches too? Haven't heard that one before! *rollseyes*) but it works well as an origin story to set everything up for the rest of the books. The story itself, crossing here through all four books, is actually very well told. There is a huge cast of main characters here held by unusual circumstances and backgrounds. The main storyline feels large in scale by backtracking through their history and their previous lives. The chapters are also very short (1-5 pages mostly), so it's very easy to pop in and out of each book through each chapter, especially if you like to squeeze in a few pages here and there between different things in your day.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    The twins are hiding secrets from each other. The secrets of their ancestors and their past has all been uncovered. As they learn the truth, sacrifices has been made and Clio and Thais seems to be distant to each other. Thais wants revenge for the death of his father and Clio wants immortality. Clio happens to go against her sister by going to their father's murderer, Daedalus, to learn more about magic and its power. Daedalus is not a simple character. From the previous three books, he was only The twins are hiding secrets from each other. The secrets of their ancestors and their past has all been uncovered. As they learn the truth, sacrifices has been made and Clio and Thais seems to be distant to each other. Thais wants revenge for the death of his father and Clio wants immortality. Clio happens to go against her sister by going to their father's murderer, Daedalus, to learn more about magic and its power. Daedalus is not a simple character. From the previous three books, he was only bossy and powerful. In this book, he's a terrible and horrific character. I wouldn't have guessed all that he had done. The things that the twins are bringing themselves to do are going to cost more than they would've ever imagined.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    I started this series because I had to review the first two books, and since a friend of mine bought 3 and 4 I read those as well. I don't really know why, since the whole wicca and teenage struggle-setting of these series doesn't appeal to me all that much. Maybe it's the nice pace of the story and the interesting characters of the Treize that kept me going. Anyhow, this fourth book was pretty much what I expected, though the climax was a bit of a let-down. I mean, Big Evil Bitch shows up, wave I started this series because I had to review the first two books, and since a friend of mine bought 3 and 4 I read those as well. I don't really know why, since the whole wicca and teenage struggle-setting of these series doesn't appeal to me all that much. Maybe it's the nice pace of the story and the interesting characters of the Treize that kept me going. Anyhow, this fourth book was pretty much what I expected, though the climax was a bit of a let-down. I mean, Big Evil Bitch shows up, waves her hands a bit, and then simply leaves again? Where's the fun in that? I can't quite figure out whether there are going to be any more books in this series, but I don't think I'll read them since this one had enough of a 'finished' feeling to it to let me off.

  25. 4 out of 5

    QiJia 치쟈

    There's lots of on going non-stop scheme going on between every witch in Balefire. The secrets everyone keeping instead of ensuring me high on alert, I felt dull... Frankly I'm a bit disappointed because the ending is just too abrupt. It felt as if the author just wants to rush through finish writing the book to meet the approaching deadline. Or Ms Tiernan has another installment for the series in mind? Well some confusions are cleared up and everyone has their happy ending(OK correction nearly ever There's lots of on going non-stop scheme going on between every witch in Balefire. The secrets everyone keeping instead of ensuring me high on alert, I felt dull... Frankly I'm a bit disappointed because the ending is just too abrupt. It felt as if the author just wants to rush through finish writing the book to meet the approaching deadline. Or Ms Tiernan has another installment for the series in mind? Well some confusions are cleared up and everyone has their happy ending(OK correction nearly everyone) At least Richard isn't related to the twins and Luc is at least making progress. I still think Thais deserves better though. Lingering question So Melita can basically take and give a life? That's the mystery I'm interested in :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aurora Batty

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Darkness reigns in this final installment of Balefire. The powers that be have shifted and there is no one trustworthy. Melita returns, but that was strongly foreshadowed in the last book, so no big shocker there. Clio starts studying with Deadalaus against Thias' warnings. Thias starts studying with a mysterious woman named Carmela. Both twins seem to be tempted by darkness. There are relationships destroyed, love ignited and friendships repaired. What happens when Melita finally shows her face? A Darkness reigns in this final installment of Balefire. The powers that be have shifted and there is no one trustworthy. Melita returns, but that was strongly foreshadowed in the last book, so no big shocker there. Clio starts studying with Deadalaus against Thias' warnings. Thias starts studying with a mysterious woman named Carmela. Both twins seem to be tempted by darkness. There are relationships destroyed, love ignited and friendships repaired. What happens when Melita finally shows her face? As I got to the end I was running out of pages very quickly with much to still be resolved. I wondered if perhaps there was a fourth book I missed? But no, this book climbs up to a very exciting last minute climax. In the end there were still questions left unanswered.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Wow, talk about interesting endings! This book series had more twists and turns than I expected, and I highly enjoyed it. Just enough of a dose of teenage angst, magic, lies, treachery, friendship and history all rolled into one. The characters are interesting, diverse and never perfect. There is a darkness and a secret wish in all of them, as shown here. All of the books come together and create this awesome ending, and I can assure you it's worth reading the lot just for that. I am definitely Wow, talk about interesting endings! This book series had more twists and turns than I expected, and I highly enjoyed it. Just enough of a dose of teenage angst, magic, lies, treachery, friendship and history all rolled into one. The characters are interesting, diverse and never perfect. There is a darkness and a secret wish in all of them, as shown here. All of the books come together and create this awesome ending, and I can assure you it's worth reading the lot just for that. I am definitely going to check out some of this author's other works; if they are half as good as this series I will have an interesting read. Great for magic and fantasy lovers alike!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    I love Cate Tiernan's witch books for young adults. In this final book of the Balefire series, Thais and Clio both face their own demons has they take desperate measures to achieve their goals. Clio to stop her death that she has forseen and Thais to avenge the death of her father. As the other witches each pursue their own agendas, the tension grows and grows. I don't want to give anything away but all the questions are answered, well mostly, and the ending was satisfying. I would recommend thi I love Cate Tiernan's witch books for young adults. In this final book of the Balefire series, Thais and Clio both face their own demons has they take desperate measures to achieve their goals. Clio to stop her death that she has forseen and Thais to avenge the death of her father. As the other witches each pursue their own agendas, the tension grows and grows. I don't want to give anything away but all the questions are answered, well mostly, and the ending was satisfying. I would recommend this for older teens because there are references to alcohol and some of the teens in the book are sexually active.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nic

    3,5 stars. Overall, I really liked this book. Just like I did the previous 3 in the series. But what in the holy hell is up with the ending? Come ON! Over the course of 4 books, Cate Tiernan wove quite the intricate plot, and then the big showdown is... A candle that fizzles out a second after being lit, figuratively speaking. A spell here, some other spell there, a bit of drowning, some resuscitation, another spell, monologue, monologue, monologue, spell, someone vanishing, epilogue, the end. S 3,5 stars. Overall, I really liked this book. Just like I did the previous 3 in the series. But what in the holy hell is up with the ending? Come ON! Over the course of 4 books, Cate Tiernan wove quite the intricate plot, and then the big showdown is... A candle that fizzles out a second after being lit, figuratively speaking. A spell here, some other spell there, a bit of drowning, some resuscitation, another spell, monologue, monologue, monologue, spell, someone vanishing, epilogue, the end. So that really ruined it for me. Let's not even mention that there are numerous questions left unanswered.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    This is the last book or volume of the series and I was happy i wasn't too disappointed. I'm glad that I choose to read these series in order to relax my mind from thinking to much. This book made me wonder about how love can actually be in front you if you know how to search for it. I can compare my personality with Clio because she is a person who likes to push away things that is meant to be and is too stubborn to see things the way most people see. She denies what she feels for someone she t This is the last book or volume of the series and I was happy i wasn't too disappointed. I'm glad that I choose to read these series in order to relax my mind from thinking to much. This book made me wonder about how love can actually be in front you if you know how to search for it. I can compare my personality with Clio because she is a person who likes to push away things that is meant to be and is too stubborn to see things the way most people see. She denies what she feels for someone she thinks she doesn't care yet she does.

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