The Stone Braide Chronicles #3
By Bonnie S. Calhoun
This is the third book in the Stone Braide Chronicles following Thunder and Lightning. The series has been following Selah Rishon Chavez who on her 18th birthday began a transformation - a transformation that was her heritage and of which she was unaware of. But this transformation is a curse in that Selah has to leave all she knows and loves behind as she becomes one of people her father and brothers have been hunting.
But this journey of transformation has allowed Selah to grow in both who she is as a person and as a novarium. And adding to the pressure Selah is the culmination of a 150 year old mystery that will change humanity. But time has forgotten much of what is necessary for Selah to complete the task that lies before her - and unfortunately for her time is running out. No novarium has yet completed the Third Protocol all have fractured or been lost to those who have been hunting them.
With betrayal possible at any moment Selah moves forward in her quest with a close circle of those whom she trusts - her mother, her brother Dane, her sister Mari, Bohdi, and Rylla. As they race across a world that has been closed off from them for generations they have to brave the unknown searching for the key that will lead them to their ultimate destination hopefully before Selah fractures and her sanity is gone.
I liked this series but this book left several questions hanging. First what exactly are the Stone Braide Chronicles? Second what exactly does the Third Protocol do? Third is there more to come or is this the complete story? I really feel this book left me with more questions than answers and I want more. Why was all of this started and is it complete?
This book was a bit of a let down after the previous books and the resolution happened too quickly for what happened during the rest of the book and series. Maybe if more of my questions had been answered I'd be more satisfied with the conclusion.
I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a review - positive or otherwise - all opinions expressed are my own.
About the Book:
Selah's mind and life are beginning to fracture.
Can she complete the Third Protocol
before it's too late?
As Selah and her companions mourn the loss of those who died in the Mountain, they are faced with a new threat. Selah must complete the Third Protocol before she fractures and loses herself completely. All clues lead to the West, but what will they find when they get there? The other side of the mountains holds unknown perils--volcanic ash, dangerous storms, and strange new settlements that could hold the keys to Selah's quest . . . or lead to her destruction.
The clock is ticking and Selah's abilities are growing--along with the list of those out for her blood. Selah must find the strength within herself to keep going and complete the mission for which so many have sacrificed so much.
But have she and her companions pinned their hopes on nothing more than a legend?