The epic conclusion to James Maxwell’s gripping fantasy series.
'The world is facing a war to end all wars, a confrontation that will destroy everything Dion and Chloe hold dear. With Palemon’s dragon army growing in number, time is running out…Dion is doing everything in his power to prepare his kingdom, but he knows it will not be enough. Although he needs Chloe’s help, recent tragedy makes him terrified for her safety. Magic is dangerous. Only Palemon is too arrogant to see it. As chaos engulfs the land and Palemon risks civilization itself, Dion and Chloe must unite people of all nations to have any chance of survival'
'He saw the shining steel blade poised to strike. There was nothing he could do.'
I am so excited to be kicking off the blog tour for this fantastical finale of James Maxwell's much loved 'Shifting Tides Series' with a review of 'Iron Will'. Possibly one of the best books I have read of the year so far. With a cast of highly likeable and enigmatic characters and a plot that thrills. As with all fantastic fantasy series', in my opinion it mainly comes down to likability of characters and how well-written the characters are, for it to be hugely successful. Only when every character within the novel worked together, did everything succeed. I must also mention the fanciful descriptions throughout the novel. Rich descriptions of Dion's Kingdom, the landscapes and we can't forget the dragons!
Another highlight among many of 'Iron Will', I found that within a fantasy novel for once, it was very enjoyable to see the main villain journey through a very large redemption arc and manage to turn around the character as a whole. It is due to Maxwell's writing that it didn't feel too predictable or like an easy get out as opposing to killing off the character. Redemption and the fine lines of good and evil seem to be a common theme with the 'Shifting Tides' series and one that I personally love to explore through literature.
'If it wasn't for the situation, the day's beginning would have been beautiful'
Overall, I would recommend James Maxwell’s novels in general, but particularly Iron Will as it was a very solid storyline. Also the final conclusion left no doubts as to what would happen, it was very final and I liked that a lot, as sometimes ambiguous endings are often confusing or just fizzle out and don’t lead to a feeling of satisfaction that should happen when you finish a fantastic novel.
'They descended together, hand in hand.'
I highly recommend this series for fantasy lovers, action lovers and people who love well-rounded, well-written characters -particularly women such as Chloe - involved in the story were written fantastically. The whole series is very concise and consistent with how lyrical and how wonderfully the story flows. It does however leave you wanting more, which is always a sign of a good writer.