Monday, March 5, 2012

Review for: The Last Beginning by Rachel Firasek

Though she’s always hated being a phoenix, Sadie has to admit immortality has its advantages. She’s seen and done more in the last 150 years than she’d ever dreamed of, but she can’t get past the fact that Osiris has done nothing but manipulate her and her fellow phoenixes. Or that, when her last incarnation as a phoenix comes to a fiery end, the fire slowly begins to consume her body. 

Sun god Osiris is ashamed of his role as ruler of the Underworld, but unless he can figure out how to save Sadie, that’s exactly where she’s going to end up. 

Permanently. Terrified he’s going to lose her, he takes her on a hunt for The Book of the Dead, which is the only way he knows he can save her—even if it means she’ll hate him forever

My Thoughts:
The Last Beginning is the last book in this wonderful series, and as happy as I am after reading it I have to say I am sad at the same time.  I am sad to see this amazing world and cast of characters Rachel has created has come to an end.  I love finding a world and set of characters that you can tell right from get go the author has poured so much love and passion into creating, it wasn't just a series of books, it was her baby, born, nurtured, loved, guided, and lovingly cared for, but like all of our children they grow up and we at some point have to let them go. 
I have reviewed and posted of each in this series and I hope you all have had the chance to read them all and enjoyed as much as I have.  To re-cap, the first in the series was:  

 After paying two millennia’s penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn’t how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great…or that she’ll end up back in his life for her next assignment. 

Now that Turner Alcott has survived the worst, finding a wife and mother for his son matters more than ever before. When the mysterious Ice comes into his life, Turner knows she’s the one—but love is the last thing Ice wants. If he wants to win her heart, Turner must teach Ice how to forgive herself, and prove that love is the ultimate sacrifice.

For three hundred years, Arabella’s life has been one meaningless death after another. In a cruel twist of fate, Osiris–god of the Underworld–gifts the phoenix her mortality and returns her voodoo magic. If she fails to harness her wayward magic and save a man worthy of a second chance, she’ll forfeit her power and her soul–forever. 

Ex-soldier Greyson Meadows desperately wants to be freed from the nightmares and guilt that haunt him after the tragedy that brought him and Ari together. Confronted by the waif of a woman who forces him to face his worst fears, he resists, fighting the need to keep his personal demons hidden instead of setting them free. 

When Ari becomes the target of her own magical blunder, it’s not just her life in danger, but now the one of the man she loves.

I really am having a hard time choosing a favorite character, Rachel has done such a phenomenal job at creating them you just love them all, Osiris you hate but end up loving and understanding better by the end of the last book, I would have to say Sadie is my favorite but really loved them all.     It truly couldn't have ended a better way, I was quite surprised at the curve ball Rachel throws in there, didn't see that one coming at all.  This last book takes you for a roller coaster ride like no other that you don't want to miss, it has everything you are looking for in a great book, romance, suspense, mystery, humor, a fantastic plot, and characters you will fall in love with and not want the stories to end.  Rachel has masterfully created three books that will be on my shelves forever, Thank you Rachel, well done! Well done!  I can't wait to see what Rachel comes up with next I know it will be smashing!!!!

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