Review of Burn by Keri Arthur

Title:  Burn (Kingdoms of Earth and Air #3)

Author:  Keri Arthur

Reviewer: Shelley Russell Nolan

Synopsis: Will a woman with no memory be the salvation of her people… or the means of their final destruction? 

Nara Velez wakes in a prison pod with no idea how she got there. She quickly learns that things have drastically changed during the time she can’t remember—and not just with her situation. The Mareritt—an ancient enemy—now control most of Arleeon and treat her people little better than slaves. 

Worse still, the Mareritt also control the drakkons. 

Nara has no choice but to work with Kaiden Silva, the warrior she’s been chained to and a man who distrusts her deeply. But escaping the Mareritt is only the first of their problems; they soon discover their enemy is working on a brand-new weapon—one with the power to wipe out the last remaining free city in Arleeon, just as they’d wiped out the drakkon warriors of yesteryear. 

If Nara is to have any hope of freeing Arleeon, she must first regain her memories and determine why they were restricted. 

But in doing so, she might just unleash hell on the very people she is trying to save. 

Because there is magic in her mind… and its source is Mareritt.

Review:  This was a great addition to the Kingdom of Earth and Air series. I was transported to Arleeon from the first page, feeling Nara’s confusion as she woke to find her memories a tangle and the world she now inhabited far different to the one she remembered. The story took off at a fast pace after that, with Nara growing increasingly unsure if she could trust the memories she still had, and desperate to uncover what lay hidden inside her mind. As with both the previous books in the series, the main character is a complex character with amazing abilities. Nara has flaws, but they are tempered with a strong sense of justice and the willingness to put her life on the line to do what she feels is right. For her, that means freeing the drakkons enslaved by the Mareritt and pushing herself beyond the limits of her own body and internal fire to help the last free city escape destruction.

I loved how the drakkons were characters in their own right, their personalities shining through their interactions with Nara and those around her. Kaiden was a match for Nara in mental strength and fortitude. They made a formidable couple as they worked for the good of their surviving people. The Mareritt are a dastardly enemy, with not a lot of characterisation apart from being ruthless in taking what they want and destroying anyone in their path, but that doesn’t detract from the overall story. With Nara unsure of what role she played in the current predicament, her resolve to uncover the truth and free the drakkons makes her a wonderful heroine. In all, this was a great read that can be devoured in gulps that will leave the reader breathless. And I am again left hoping this is not the last time I will get to read about Nara and the drakkons. I want more Kingdoms of Earth and Air books and a chance to catch up with favourite characters.

Rating: Five Stars

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