STEADFAST RELEASE CELEBRATION!
I’m so happy that Michelle Hauck’s final book in her trilogy has been released. STEADFAST has been a long time coming (yes 2 years is a long time to wait for the conclusion!), and there’s no doubt it delivers.
Before you run out and get the whole series though, here’s my review for Book 1: Grudging. Trust me, you need to get this trilogy. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
This book has one specific thing that just blows me away. It incorporates music (song) as a form of magic. As a singer, this element appealed to me in particular. Claire becomes Woman of the Song, which is a skill handed down from generation to generation. Taught to avoid men, and be careful with her song, her ascension to this position ends up challenging her upbringing and herself. Because magic use has a price, even if it’s for the good of many.
Magic that has a cost is another thing I love to see, because magic without consequence is overpowered. So many stories don’t remember to include consequences, and so in this book, I find that very refreshing.
Ramiiro is the main protagonist. He is 17 and dreams of earning his beard. He and a few friends set out to find a Woman of Song and bring her back home so she can save their city from invaders.
Here Claire and Ramiiro’s interaction is fantastic. From witty banter to golden moments between them, their dynamic is well woven on the page.
I’d recommend this to fantasy lovers everywhere. Go get it now.
About the Book:
Title:Â STEADFASTÂ (Birth of Saints #3)
Author:Â Michelle Hauck
Pub. Date:Â December 3, 2017
Publisher:Â Harper Voyager Impulse
Formats:Â Paperback, eBook
Find it:Â Goodreads,Â Amazon,Â B&N,Â iBooks
The final novel in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints trilogy, Steadfast follows Grudging and Faithful in telling the fateful story of Claire and Ramiro and their battle against a god that hungers for blood.
When the Northerners invaded, the ciudades-estado knew they faced a powerful army. But what they didnâ€™t expect was the deadly magic that was also brought to the desert: the white-robed priests with their lethal Diviners, and the evil god, Dal. Cities have burned, armies have been decimated, and entire populaces have been sacrificed in the Sun Godâ€™s name, and it looks as if nothing can prevent the devastation.
But there are still those with hope.
Claire, a Woman of the Song, has already brought considerable magic of her own to fight the Children of Dal, and Ramiro, a soldier who has forsaken his vows to Colina Hermosaâ€™s cavalry in order to stand by her side, has killed and bled for their cause. Separated after the last battle, they move forward with the hope that the saints will hear their prayers, their families will be saved, and that theyâ€™ll see each other once more.
A stirring conclusion to the Birth of Saints series, Ramiro and Claireâ€™s journey finds completion in a battle between evil and love.
Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.
She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat and Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow.
Her epic fantasy, Kindar’s Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, is published by The Elephant’s Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer’s Double Edge. She’s repped by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary.
2 winners will receive paperbacks of the first two books in the series, GRUDGING & FAITHFUL, US Only.