This is part of the launch tour for Elder by Raine Thomas.
Clara Kate is one of the eight beings needed to activate the Elder Scroll, an ancient artifact causing tragedy and darkness on the Estilorian plane. She knows that her focus needs to be on finding the final piece and stopping the evil Mercesti, but Ini-herit isn’t making it easy.
He’s working closely with Clara Kate on the quest to stop their enemies…too close for her comfort. His presence serves as a constant reminder of the love they shared on the human plane, a love that he no longer remembers at all.
Her life and the lives of those she loves are at risk, and she knows she has to put aside her personal problems. So far on their journey, she’s endured heartbreak, terror, pain and loss. She’s even been brought to the brink of death.
She thinks things can’t get any worse.
I loved Elder.
As the last installment in the Firstborn trilogy, I expected the story to be filled with action and intense plots. Not only did Raine Thomas deliver, she also came up with surprises that warmed my heart and brought me joy. 🙂
As shared in the synopsis, this book focuses on Clara Kate, the eldest daughter of Gabriel and Amber (see Becoming, book one of the Daughter of Saraqael series). With an Estilorian father and a semi-Estilorian/ semi-human mother, Clara Kate, like her siblings and cousins, are three-quarters Estilorians. While the Estilorian elders do their best to keep track of the growth and abilities of this new generation, there are many things that they’ve never anticipated. And that’s what makes the story fun, unpredictable and interesting.
I really like Clara Kate. Although she is the oldest and has the rare ability to reside on the human plane without changing form, she never assumes a sense of superiority. I like that she genuinely cares for her siblings, cousins and friends. Even when her father is an Estilorian elder, she never takes advantage of her status. When her cousin and friend get captured by the evil Mercesti, she actively participates in the rescue mission. Her courage and dedication is something that I truly admire.
Ini-herit is an Estilorian elder. Because Estilorians have detached themselves from most emotions for many centuries, Ini-herit decides to relearn emotions through living as a human being on the human plane. While he is in his human form, he falls in love with Clara Kate. Unfortunately, his human memories gets suppressed when he makes his transition back to the Estilorian plane and he cannot remember any of the promises that he has made to Clara Kate while they’re on the human plane.
As you can imagine, Clara Kate is heartbroken, but because Ini-herit has the most remarkable ability to heal injuries, he and Clara Kate must work together to achieve what’s necessary on the rescue mission. And while I feel I really want to give you more details about their work/ love relationship, I must say I honestly feel torn about what non-spoiler details I can safely depart here. The ups and downs of their relationship is definitely captivating, but that’s not all there is to this fascinating story.
I have to say I was pretty much in awe by the situation that Thomas managed to throw together to make up the setting in Elder.
Not only are there surprising twists and unanticipated adventures, there are also unforeseen distress and insurmountable conquest. I know I know, that’s a mouthful … but let me say this, in my opinion, Thomas has truly outdone herself to give us this amazing conclusion for the Firstborn series! And the ending? It’s an ending that made me squeal, smile, sigh, and cry with happy tears!!
About the Author
Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer’s Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.
As a way to celebrate Elder’s release, our lovely author, Raine Thomas, is currently hosting a giveaway!