Rating: 4.5 stars
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Spoiler alert: This review is for the third book in a series and contains spoilers for the first two.
Eoin Gryfyth didn’t die when his fire emerged. Instead he was spirited away by the Council and made the new Guardian. But Eoin knows that the Council is corrupt, and that the old Guardian has left their world and is stealing amber fire from another to amass an army in the Otherworld. Eoin crosses to the Otherworld with Darach and Ceithin to find Kian and Regan with the intent to free the captive.
When the group finds Trystyn Morgan, he is but a shell, his fire all but gone. Eoin stays to heal him, and sends the others back to their home world so that they can warn everyone what’s coming. The old Guardian is going to take his revenge, and people need to be ready. When Trystyn finally awakes, there is a connection between him and Eoin. But two men with amber fire cannot bond, as the consequences could be catastrophic. Or so Eoin thinks.
The group of men coming together fulfills a prophecy of old. Only together can they defeat the old Guardian on his revenge quest and once again restore balance to the world. But they have a monumental task in front of them, and their way will not be easy. It may, in fact, end in sacrifice.
Eoin’s Destiny is the third and final book in Scott’s Fire Trilogy, and oh what a fantastic book it is. These books must be read in order as the story builds on itself from one book to the next. But trust me when I say that isn’t a hardship at all. Scott has built an amazing world here, with fantastic characters, and this trilogy is definitely worth a read.
The events in Kian’s Hunter and Darach’s Cariad have all led up to this book. We found out at the end of the second book that Eoin didn’t die as his friends thought he did, and that he’s been functioning as Guardian ever since. Here we find out exactly what happened to him, and the toll it’s taken on him. The Council is corrupt, and Eoin is determined to set things right, to bring about change, and to rid the City of the evil in its midst. Eoin’s heart shows through clearly here, and I loved seeing him come into his own. This is his story, really. He’s willing to do whatever it takes protect the people he’s meant to lead, even if that means sacrificing his life. I loved his determination and his loyalty. But Scott did an excellent job of showing his uncertainty and vulnerability as well. He’s a well-rounded character, and I just adored him.
Trystyn is the key here, the one who will finish fulfilling the prophecy and bring everyone together. I loved his role. He’s been a prisoner for years and his magic is nearly drained from him. But despite that, he’s got a true heart, and his knowledge is put to good use. I have to admit that I thought there should be a little more backlash for him because of his years as a captive and the torture he faced, but I was willing to let that go and let the magic within him explain away his resilience. He was a sweet and endearing character, with a strong will underneath.
The romance between Eoin and Trystyn kind of takes a back seat to the larger plot line, but I was perfectly okay with that. Their connection with each other is strong enough that I didn’t need all the details. I liked the subtler romance between them, and it made it no less satisfying when they bonded.
The events of all three books culminated in the big battle with the old Guardian. For a moment there, I wasn’t sure that our MCs were going to succeed. And that is the gift of a true storyteller, to make me believe, for even a moment, that all hope is lost. Ultimately, of course, the battle goes in the character’s favor and the book ends with a great deal of hope for the future yet to come.
I finished this book with a satisfied smile. And I can definitely recommend this book, and the entire trilogy to you.