Author: Sharon Shinn
Title: Unquiet Land
Series: Elemental Blessings 4
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Four Petals
On the Author's Website:
Leah Frothen has returned home. But she can scarcely catch her breath before she is summoned by regent Darien Serlast, the man who made her a spy. Leah is reluctant to take on a new assignment, but Darien has dangled the perfect lure to draw her in…
Leah finds she enjoys the challenges of opening a shop catering to foreign visitors, especially since it affords her the opportunity to get to know Mally, the child she abandoned five years ago.
But when the regent asks her to spy on ambassadors from a visiting nation, Leah soon learns that everyone—her regent, her lover, and even her daughter—have secrets that could save the nation, but might very well break her heart.
Leah was a spy who worked in foreign countries in order to overhear as much gossip and intrigue as possible. When her job ends, Leah knows its time to return home where she must finally figure out the responsibility she's been avoiding for the last five years. Her daughter needs a mother, her family needs her help, and her country could use her skills as a spy as court intrigue heats up again.
This is my favorite book in the series. Every previous book had issues with the characters coming across as characterizations rather than as people, but Unquiet Lands doesn't have that issue at all. Instead of being confined into a stereotype defined by her blessings, Leah became her own distinct person. Her blessings still play a large part of her life, which is absolutely necessary for the continuity of the series, but I felt like I could better identify with her so I was pulled into the book.
My only complaint was the simplicity of the plot. It was definitely an interesting read, but nothing surprised me. The twists were dramatic, but predictable, and the ending was a little too neat and easy. I liked what I read, but I really feel there should have been some more depth or foreshadowing to give this story a little more oomph.
I am really enjoying reading this series and this book was the best one so far. The characterizations were dynamic, which I really enjoyed, however the plot was a little predictable. I do recommend this book and am looking forward to learning if there will be another one in the series.
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