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Review of Twiceborn Endgame (The Proving Book 3) Kindle Edition by Marina Finlayson

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This is the final book in The Proving trilogy and may contain some spoilers if you haven’t read the first two books yet.

Just when you thought Kate O’Connor secured her position as the dragon queen, seven new sisters joined the succession war. An anti-shifter government task force as well as the visiting – and potential new competitor – Japanese queen entered the picture and cause more trouble than Kate expected. To top that off her ex-husband abducted her son which requires some ingenuity to get him back.

This conclusion took unexpected re-directions. No matter how detailed the plans and execution thereof, something or someone else derails them which produces more challenges for Kate. It only strengthens her determination to succeed and to take risky action. The story contains multiple surprises, back stubbing (again!), action scenes and (as I personally predicted based on the “signs” in the second book) a love triangle.

And surprisingly, my anticipated ending moved in a total different direction. A nice satisfactory closing for the series, which I enjoyed.

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Review of The Twiceborn Queen (The Proving Book 2) by Marina Finlayson

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Kate O’Connor’s story continues in Book 2 of the Proving with a bounty on her head. She’s trying to gain more allies in order to defeat her last sister. But the body count increases as the deadly succession game proceeds.

In my opinion, the book can be read as a standalone if you missed Book 1 as lots of references and back story are provided to bring readers up to speed (sometimes too much reiterations for me). Slightly more long-winded than the first book too, but still a great relaxing read that keeps you entertained and curious. So yes, I purchase Book 3 as well.

Expect lots of action, betrayal and a bit of romance. Even though Kate is more comfortable with the “merging”, she still struggles with the strong dragon emotions. And as expected, an unforeseen twist and more trouble for Kate as this book concluded.

PS: Personally I think this series could’ve been one book. Book 1 and 3 were far better written than Book 2. If you took out all the rehashing of what happened in the past, it would have had a cleaner flow and be more captivating to the reader.


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Review of Twiceborn (The Proving Book 1) by Marina Finlayson

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Kate O’Connor is assisting a friend on unorthodox courier jobs. She returned from an urgent job with no memory of the event and finds a werewolf in her kitchen who is trying to kill her. She is suddenly caught up in a supernatural war where the daughters of the dragon queen are fighting to be next in line. Kate’s only hope of survival is to uncover the hidden secret in her memory.

This was an interesting and entertaining story. The flow of the story line was smooth and well-paced. All the characters were convincing and the non-human (cruel and self absorbed) sides of the dragons well reflected.

I liked the internal witty dialogue from Kate, who is realistic, logical and a down-to-earth kind of girl. The memory flashbacks added to the mystery and were intriguing. Even though you probably can figure out how it all fits together early in the book, it was still an interesting and slightly different end than what I imagined.


Click here to purchase a copy of Twiceborn, the first book in the urban fantasy trilogy The Proving.

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