Series: Raine Benares #9
Published by Self Published on May 2, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kate
Ruins & Revenge picks up where Treasure & Treason left off.
An ancient power.
Beneath a mountain on an uninhabited continent is said to be a fabled city, a city occupied by an ancient goblin civilization founded for only one reason—to protect and defend the Heart of Nidaar, an artifact that can harness the forces of nature as a weapon.
An elite team of combat mages.
Chief mage and goblin duke Tamnais Nathrach must help the guardians keep the legendary power out of the hands of a malevolent goblin brotherhood and their otherworldly allies, whatever the cost. Together with his hand-picked team—which includes elf pirate (and team demolitions expert) Phaelan Benares—Tam descends into a vast subterranean world both wondrous and terrifying, a world laid with deadly traps and filled with apex predators from another age.
The countdown to the end of the world.
Some secrets are meant to stay buried. When the Heart of Nidaar is accidentally awakened, and aimed at the west coast of the Seven Kingdoms, Tam and his team are in a race against time to prevent the deaths of millions. To succeed, they must confront their deepest fears, unmask their darkest secrets, and reveal their shameful pasts, testing the bonds of friendship and beyond. To fail means death for them all—and the end of all life in the Seven Kingdoms.
RUINS & REVENGE picks up right where TREASURE & TREASON ended. The two together make for a satisfying duology within the Raine Benares series, offering adventure, danger and even some hints of romance. With a cast of characters that outshines the slightly repetitive nature of the storyline, RUINS & REVENGE is a perfect conclusion to Tam's adventure.
RUINS & REVENGE is not the place for a casual reader to jump into the Raine Benares series. It is clearly the second half of TREASURE & TREASON, and at times I wish they could have been one book. While I understand why they were broken into two books, it also made for some actions scenes feeling a bit superfluous - after all, how many obstacles could the team really run into? But it made for some great edge of the seat, suspenseful reading, so I wasn't too sorry about it.
Tam is a great main character, though his internal monologue got to be a bit fatalistic and slightly overdramatic. However, I had similar complaints about the narration in TREASURE & TREASON, so I was mostly prepared and it wasn't as distracting or annoying as it could have been. Overall, the story is full of Shearin's trademark wit and snark, and the characters make up for any negatives I found. While Tam has always been a favorite of mine - with Phaelan a close second - the rest of the characters are multi-dimensional and wonderful to get to know.
Overall, RUINS & REVENGE is definitely one worth picking up if you've read TREASURE & TREASON, and if you haven't, now's the perfect time to pick up TREASURE & TREASON, since you won't have to wait for the sequel! I can't wait to see what Shearin has in store for the crew next, and I can only hope that it involves more of Tam.Series Titles:
- Magic Lost, Trouble Found
- Armed & Magical
- The Trouble With Demons
- Bewitched & Betrayed
- Con & Conjure
- All Spells Break Loose
- Wedding Bells, Magic Spells - 4/5
- Treasure & Treason - 4/5
- Ruins & Revenge
- For more by Lisa Shearin, try her SPI Files series.