The Bettarinis and Forellis have found rich fulfillment together in medieval Italia. But after fighting off countless enemies, they now must face the worst foe of all. As the Black Death closes in upon them, threatening everything and everyone they hold dear, Lia and Gabi–and the knights they love–must dig deep within to decide how they might remain safe…and if they need to risk it all in order to truly live as they’re called.
I MUST say something first. DO NOT read this book if you haven’t read the rest of the series!! You will have no idea what’s going on and some major spoilers! Read the rest of The River of Time series first;)
Okay, next. Let me just say. The feels were REAL. I haven’t cried so hard while reading a book since The Book Thief. Seriously. The end was just so perfect. It brought to tears not once, not twice, but three times. And these tears were so mixed. A lot of sad tears over the deaths, a lot of happy tears over the life that was lived. The words were so meticulously beautiful.. It was amazing.
Next, the two people I knew belonged together in book 1 FINALLY got together. Took them long enough! I was so overjoyed!
Now, this book isn’t perfect and there was one major thing I didn’t like about this book. The intimacy. In the first four books, the love is kept at a less described level. Sure, there is romance. But not enough to make you slightly uncomfortable. Book 5 broke that rule. I mean, I totally understand they are married. I understand you want to kiss and stuff. But I could really have gone with less detail to it all. I didn’t need to know certain things, like exactly how much they longed to kiss each other, and I mean really passionately kiss. One mention might have been fine. But the repetitiveness of it was getting annoying. So, again, this book is definitely meant for older teens (14/15+, depending on your maturity and comfort around intimate books like this).
Other then that, I LOVED the book. It held just enough love and personal lives with just enough action, and getting to see one last fight with the She-Wolves.. It all worked out in the end.
And let me just say.. THE EPILOGUE?!?! Perfection!! I’m so glad I got to see how that carried on and how many kids each had, etc. I want a spin off series just for the kids.
Minor/major spoilers below. Don’t read more if you haven’t read the book!
Okay, Orazio and Galileo?! Can I just say spin off series?!? Please?! I would love to read about their lives and how The Bettarinis actions in medieval Italy affected modern times!
Finally, THE DEATHS. I was never too fond of Greco. But, in the end, he just wanted love. And when he found it, he just wanted to protect his family, just like Marcello. I dot agree with him pushing Gabriella like that. But, if we think about it, he was desperate. I’m sure I would act just like him if I were in his place. And the father?!? I BAWLED. My own father died. And he just reminded me so much of my own dad. Then everything he said to them, and refusing the final treatment and all.. I was a mess! Ugh, I want to cry right now just thinking about it.
RESUME HERE FOR NO SPOILERS.
Overall, this series is one of my all time favorites. It’s hard to describe how much I love it. I obviously love it enough to try and find cosplay items for Lia (I seriously did that earlier). I recommend this series to literally everyone!
P.S. And may I just say, Lisa (the author) is awesome! I love her! Me and her will have random talks about the books and what books we are reading and reccomend to each other. She is the sweetest!