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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
I missed the two previous books in The Oathtaker series by Patricia Reding, but Ephemeral and Fleeting tamed my heart and gave me a longing for more of this author’s work. Although this is the third volume in the thrilling epic fantasy, it reads beautifully as a standalone novel involving magic, supernatural powers, intrigue and betrayal, and the perennial war between good and evil. Readers are introduced to very interesting characters. Mara — and I love the sound of the name — is a gifted and wise woman with the ability to see into the future. She is responsible for Reigna and Eden, a set of magically gifted twins belonging to the first family of the Select. It’s because of their powers that they are moved to the City of Light where they undergo rigorous training with the Oathtaker forces who are dedicated to protecting the land from the evil Zarek, leader of the Chiran. When the twins under her charge are captured, Mara’s world comes crashing down. She discovers that she’s losing her own power and it’s just the beginning. Can they build up a strong enough resistance to stop the evil leader or could this be the end for them?
Ephemeral and Fleeting is a captivating tale, well developed in different layers and the author makes it irresistible with the masterful use of suspense which is built into the subplots. I was pulled into the story right from the very first page. The author doesn’t waste time in introducing the conflict to the reader and it escalates rapidly into a crisis. Readers who love extraordinary characters will adore Mara and the twins. Members of the Oathtaker forces are well thought-out, but it is the unforgiving villain that kept me turning the pages faster, just the way I did when I learned about Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter. From language to plot, to thematic and character development, Patricia Reding comes across as a master in the craft and the world she creates in this fantasy will certainly live in the minds of readers for a long time. It was a wonderful read and I will be looking forward to reading the entire series.