Published by SIGNET on April 5th 2016
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In the new Novel of the Stone Circles by the USA Today bestselling author of Raging Sea, the ancient and wrathful goddess of fire plots her escape as the future depends on the untapped powers of two lovers.
Tolan of Durlington is a farmer whose ancestors have tended the same lands for centuries with astonishing success. His hope for the future is that his son—and his sons yet to come—will carry on the traditions. But, his carefully laid plans are shaken by the village healer he’s come to love. Unable to bear children, Elethea can offer Tolan only companionship and physical comfort. When hidden powers in their blood—powers to command the fertile earth, to draw from the healing sun—explode into being, their world and lives are changed forever. Soon, the fate of humankind is in their hands as the wrathful goddess grows closer to escaping her prison and destroying the world as they know it. Battling the goddess’ followers and their own fears, can these two lovers protect mankind and still survive to find their own future?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Blazing Earth is the third book in the ‘Stone Circles’ series by Terri Brisbin. I haven’t read the first 2 books and I could tell that I would have enjoyed the story more if I had read the other books first. I am gathering that in the previous books the Warriors of Destiny were introduced, all of them being endowed with a special elemental force in order to keep evil from the world. In this book we find out about two more humans becoming warriors of destiny.
Tolan is an Earthblood, he doesn’t understand why, but he knows that he has the power within him to make barren lands fertile again. Many generations of his family have had the same ability, and he looks forward to his son hopefully following in his footsteps.
Elethea is the village healer. She has a special talent with growing herbs and making concoctions that help heal. Unknown to her she is a Sunblood, her powers coming from the sun. She is Tolan’s love, and although they have a physical relationship, she knows she cannot marry him because she has been left barren from her previous marriage when her husband beat her so badly that she can never have children.
During one especially passionate encounter between Tolan and Elethea their powers are ignited. Powers they later find are needed to help the other warriors of destiny keep the world safe from evil. A dangerous evil woman was entombed within the Earth hundreds of years ago and there are a group of people determined to free her, and then there are the warriors who are determined to keep her captive. Tolan and Elethea are the ones who have the power to do either. The good and the evil sides are both making a journey to get to the couple first, to tell their story and to hopefully get them on their side.
Will Tolan and Elethea choose good over evil. Both sides give convincing stories, but the evil have a card up their sleeve…Tolan will need to choose between the safety of the world and it’s people, or the life of a loved one. Elethea will stand by him no matter what he decides. The fate of their love and relationship is very much tethered to what Tolan chooses to do.
This book had a slow start, and it took me about 4 or 5 chapters to really get into it. I had worried that it was going to be a very long read that I wouldn’t enjoy, but once the story really got going I couldn’t put the book down until the very end. I was enthralled and excited by all that was going on, and the battle between good and evil was amazing. My only disappointment was that the story ends on a bit of a cliff hanger which always leaves me annoyed, especially if the next book isn’t due out for a while. But that’s just me, if you don’t mind cliff hangers then you won’t mind the way this book ends.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.