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The First Dragon The Great Abandonment has begun. Panic has seized the Fallen Isles, where no one knows which god will rise next. Mira Minkoba believes her dreams hold the secret to bringing an end to the destruction, but in order to save her people, she’ll have to find a legendary treasure: the bones of the first dragon. The Last Hope Mira’s desperate search leads the Hopebe The First Dragon The Great Abandonment has begun. Panic has seized the Fallen Isles, where no one knows which god will rise next. Mira Minkoba believes her dreams hold the secret to bringing an end to the destruction, but in order to save her people, she’ll have to find a legendary treasure: the bones of the first dragon. The Last Hope Mira’s desperate search leads the Hopebearer and her friends on a dangerous journey into the heart of enemy territory: the Algotti Empire itself. The empress is more than willing to help—for an impossible price. And as tensions escalate beneath the shadows of the risen gods, Mira grapples with a terrifying question: What will she have to sacrifice to preserve what she loves? The explosive finale to Jodi Meadows’s Fallen Isles trilogy is ablaze with sizzling romance and fiery magic as Mira’s fight to save dragons from extinction evolves into a mission to save her world from annihilation.


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The First Dragon The Great Abandonment has begun. Panic has seized the Fallen Isles, where no one knows which god will rise next. Mira Minkoba believes her dreams hold the secret to bringing an end to the destruction, but in order to save her people, she’ll have to find a legendary treasure: the bones of the first dragon. The Last Hope Mira’s desperate search leads the Hopebe The First Dragon The Great Abandonment has begun. Panic has seized the Fallen Isles, where no one knows which god will rise next. Mira Minkoba believes her dreams hold the secret to bringing an end to the destruction, but in order to save her people, she’ll have to find a legendary treasure: the bones of the first dragon. The Last Hope Mira’s desperate search leads the Hopebearer and her friends on a dangerous journey into the heart of enemy territory: the Algotti Empire itself. The empress is more than willing to help—for an impossible price. And as tensions escalate beneath the shadows of the risen gods, Mira grapples with a terrifying question: What will she have to sacrifice to preserve what she loves? The explosive finale to Jodi Meadows’s Fallen Isles trilogy is ablaze with sizzling romance and fiery magic as Mira’s fight to save dragons from extinction evolves into a mission to save her world from annihilation.

30 review for When She Reigns

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Meadows

    Just turned in my pass pages! It's a pretty good book, if I do say so myself. PREORDER WHEN SHE REIGNS NOW 1. Preorder from your indie bookstore or retail site - BONUS: Preorder a personalized & stamped copy from One More Page & receive an exclusive When She Reigns sticker from Hey Atlas Creative 2. Forward your receipt to Jodi Just turned in my pass pages! It's a pretty good book, if I do say so myself. PREORDER WHEN SHE REIGNS NOW 1. Preorder from your indie bookstore or retail site - BONUS: Preorder a personalized & stamped copy from One More Page & receive an exclusive When She Reigns sticker from Hey Atlas Creative 2. Forward your receipt to Jodi

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Shaky 1st book but this series definitely gets way better, especially in terms of plots and character developments. I end up enjoying the group Mira has to save their islands (and the dragons). Mira becomes stronger. She’s a pampered dolt in the first book, but by the 3rd book, I have come to respect her. She is able to voice her opinions and stand up for herself. She makes people who have disregarded her before listen to her. I also like that she is the one who gets things done, and she is no l Shaky 1st book but this series definitely gets way better, especially in terms of plots and character developments. I end up enjoying the group Mira has to save their islands (and the dragons). Mira becomes stronger. She’s a pampered dolt in the first book, but by the 3rd book, I have come to respect her. She is able to voice her opinions and stand up for herself. She makes people who have disregarded her before listen to her. I also like that she is the one who gets things done, and she is no longer satisfied with being idle. The romance between Mira and Aaru is well-done. It is sweet, no unnecessary drama and angst. I like that the author is able to make their relationship complex WITHOUT the use of messy tropes and unnecessary drama/angst. They have cultural and priorities differences. They also have individual struggles that they each have to go through, and they have learned how to communicate and support one another during those times. Unlike the plot and characters, I have found the romance to be the consistently good thing in the book (which is nice because I feel like sometimes the author likes to add unnecessary drama to “spice up” the romance in the later books, but in this series, the romance has only steadily grown in a believable way). I like that Mira and Aaru are both people who are loyal and giving, always wanting to help others before themselves. It is nice that they have each other to make the other person a priority and ask something as simple as “are you OK” or “what do you want to do?” They have such good communication. In addition, I just find Aaru to be the sweetest, most respectful lovable character ever. He has protected the women in his family and I like that he has gone to prison only because he has wanted to raise his voice to help them. It is even more amazing because he is raised in a culture and society that praises silence, and in particular, women inaction. Anyway, I like him and I like that he is unsure of himself at times. One thing I did not expect to like but end up loving are the dragons, especially Lala. She’s SO adorable. I feel like there should have been more scenes with the interactions b/w the dragons (particularly Lala) and Mira to really show the bond between them in the 1st book. However, by the end of the 3rd book, I truly see it, and it touches my heart. Lala and Mira’s interactions make my heart melt. Also, one of the scenes near the end is done incredibly well in my opinion to show how much they mean to one another. The romance is my favorite aspect of the series. I also love how the series has gotten so much better since the 1st book with Mira becoming stronger, her friends group becoming more endearing, and the plot becoming more engaging. So I give the 1st book 2 stars, but the 3rd book, I think has progressed well enough for 3.5 stars. And the series as a whole is 3 for me. Also, on a random note, the cover is GORGEOUS (same goes for the other 1st 2). Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below) Happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? Other things to note? (view spoiler)[No, no, - upper low to medium (hide spoiler)] Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[I think I teared up during one scene. In general, sad stuff has happened in the book, but I didn’t really cry. (hide spoiler)] Humor? (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)] Favorite scenes? (view spoiler)[When Lala is being adorable and like a pet, and sleeps on Mira’s chest. When Mira and Aaru talk each other and comfort each other before they go to sleep. When Aaru finally opens up to her about his grief and Mira learns how to support him. When Mira and Lala fly to one another in desperation because they wanted to be together before she loses her dragon soul. When Mira wakes up on the island and finds Lala sleeping on top of her chest and Mira realizes that although their connection is different now, they can still love each other and be around together, but in a different way. When Mira reunites with her friends, and Aaru tries to ask a question, but she just says yes because she trusts him and wants to be with him. (hide spoiler)]

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    The Great Abandonment could have been prevented. But it was not. – When She Reigns We’ve seen Mira and her found family go from the worst imprisonment in history to running for their lives and now we watch as their worlds crumble before their eyes. Their gods are abandoning them as the people have abandoned their commitments to protecting their world…and their dragons. Dang, does it hurt. Before She Ignites. As She Ascends. When She Reigns. There are no more perfect titles for where Mira is along th The Great Abandonment could have been prevented. But it was not. – When She Reigns We’ve seen Mira and her found family go from the worst imprisonment in history to running for their lives and now we watch as their worlds crumble before their eyes. Their gods are abandoning them as the people have abandoned their commitments to protecting their world…and their dragons. Dang, does it hurt. Before She Ignites. As She Ascends. When She Reigns. There are no more perfect titles for where Mira is along this journey. This is the book where Mira finds her voice. Where she finds her purpose. Where everything falls apart. I wish I could say that Mira easily puts everything back together again wrapped in a shiny dragon tail but this is still a finale by Jodi Meadows and you know she’s going to give you reality. Rebellion is hard. Leading people is hard. Knowing what the right thing to do is hard. So much of the story mirrors our current world politics and the discrimination many people face. Endings make the way for beginnings… I won’t give away the big twist in this book but let’s just say each book brings dragons more and more into the forefront. If As She Ascends was all dragons, all the time then When She Reigns is just living in dragon town. Yes, we see all of the dragons we’ve met before and yes we meet even more dragons. Dragons are the heart of this land and they remain a main source of conflict. Be prepared for all the feels and an ending that leaves you satisfied and knowing that hope and love truly do win.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

    4.5 LaLa Stars The ending was breathtaking and such an awesome way to end the series...even though, I would have liked to learn Altan's fate. The author did a spectacular job of processing the right emotions of Mira and the struggles she had to go through. I definitely did not think the story was going to end that way and I was pleasantly surprised with each twist in the story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    Everything about this cover and title is badass and I am a fan. (Look I'm not saying I'm only reading these because of the covers and the cute dragons, but I'm not denying it either.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books* This was a very well-written book. Filled with emotion, anguish, action, and romance. As the dragons of the Isles fall more and more into the hands of the Empire Mira and her friends must find a way to save them, before calamity destroys their world. There is something more to love seeing beautiful dragons of all kinds and shapes together. Mira has matured since the first book and she proves to be a fierce leader who is ready to sacrifice everything for Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books* This was a very well-written book. Filled with emotion, anguish, action, and romance. As the dragons of the Isles fall more and more into the hands of the Empire Mira and her friends must find a way to save them, before calamity destroys their world. There is something more to love seeing beautiful dragons of all kinds and shapes together. Mira has matured since the first book and she proves to be a fierce leader who is ready to sacrifice everything for her people and the ones she loves. While some characters felt like they needed more time for their own development, like Altan, the ending was very satisfactory and breathtaking. Especially the final scene with the dragons and Mira. THAT WAS AMAZING! Another amazing series by Jodi Meadows is finished. I will equally be anticipating and hope for more new stories by her.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* When She Reigns is the third and final installment in author Jodi Meadows' Fallen Isles trilogy. For Mira Minkoba, the worst possible situation is happening. The Great Abandonment is upon the Fallen Isles. Their gods are abandoning them as the people have abandoned their commitments to protecting their world and their dragons. Mira, who has a dragon soul, has tried her hardest to get people to pay attention to what she is saying. *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* When She Reigns is the third and final installment in author Jodi Meadows' Fallen Isles trilogy. For Mira Minkoba, the worst possible situation is happening. The Great Abandonment is upon the Fallen Isles. Their gods are abandoning them as the people have abandoned their commitments to protecting their world and their dragons. Mira, who has a dragon soul, has tried her hardest to get people to pay attention to what she is saying. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sam Glasbrenner (SassyOwlReads)

    4.5 stars! My favorite thing about this book was that there were even more dragons! Before She Ignites was a pretty dragon light but they were more prominent in As She Ascends and even more so in When She Reigns. I enjoyed this series immensely and found each book to be better than the last. The Silent Code fascinated me throughout and Aaru is one of my favorite characters now. Mira continues to grow as she discovers the purpose for her God-gift and the lies she was raised to believe are stripped 4.5 stars! My favorite thing about this book was that there were even more dragons! Before She Ignites was a pretty dragon light but they were more prominent in As She Ascends and even more so in When She Reigns. I enjoyed this series immensely and found each book to be better than the last. The Silent Code fascinated me throughout and Aaru is one of my favorite characters now. Mira continues to grow as she discovers the purpose for her God-gift and the lies she was raised to believe are stripped away. She's come so far since Before She Ignites and never gives up on her beloved dragons. This final book was everything I'd hoped for and more.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    WHEN SHE REIGNS is the final installment in Jodi Meadows’ FALLEN ISLES trilogy. Below are 5 my favorite things about this book, and the series overall: 1) Mira and the dragons – I looooovvvveee Mira’s connection to the dragons and how that manifests in this book. I want my own Lala! 2) Mira and Aaru – I adore their slow and sweet relationship and the way that they are always, always supportive of each other. Their relationship continues to build here in the most delicious way. No love triangle at WHEN SHE REIGNS is the final installment in Jodi Meadows’ FALLEN ISLES trilogy. Below are 5 my favorite things about this book, and the series overall: 1) Mira and the dragons – I looooovvvveee Mira’s connection to the dragons and how that manifests in this book. I want my own Lala! 2) Mira and Aaru – I adore their slow and sweet relationship and the way that they are always, always supportive of each other. Their relationship continues to build here in the most delicious way. No love triangle at all! 3) Mira and her friends – What an amazing support network Mira has built through this series, and I love so much the ways in which their individual strengths come out in this story as they support Mira and work together towards their goals. I also came to appreciate her sister and mother more than I thought that I would. 4) Mira and the world – Mira’s world continues to expand through this story, I really enjoyed learning even more about her lands and also the world at large, even as things become more tense and dire. I’ll have to say that I have a lot of questions about some of the people she meets in this story. 5) Mira – This girl has made such a transformation from when we met her in the first book. She has been imprisoned and beaten down, but has gotten back up again and again, and will do whatever it takes for her people and her friends and her dragons. Mira goes on a journey in this book – both physically and mentally – and she had me gripping the edge of my seat and wanting to cover my eyes at times, but I couldn’t wait to see what she would do next and how much she’d accomplish. WHEN SHE REIGNS is a race against time as the islands that make up Mira and her friends’ homes rise, and the gods abandon their people. Everything is uncertain, even their lives. I had no idea what would happen at the end of this book, but it is a conclusion that is worth every bit of the journey to get there. Don’t miss this stunning series!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    This book couldn’t hold me. I had trouble in the beginning remembering who was who and what had happened. Then the story was slow and probably could have been cut by 100 pages. Still it was an interesting book and I’ll def read this authors next series

  11. 4 out of 5

    Layla

    I have loved this series from start to finish, didn't want to put this book down, but also I didn't want this adventure to end. There is so much representation across the whole of this series, the different islands, their belief's, their shared history. Love, loss, endurance. This series has everything I adore, deep characters with complex emotions and flaws. Adventure, persevering throughout. And best of all, dragons. Magnificent dragons. I cannot recommend this series enough.

  12. 5 out of 5

    j.chestnut

    this cover is GORGEOUS!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debra Byrd

    (I'll edit when the book releases, but I can't wait for everyone to read this, and to see the final product!)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    3.5 stars, rounded up What a finale! This conclusion surprised me in a lot of good ways. While the first half of this book was more of a 3-star read for me, the final third was excellent - exciting, emotional, well-paced, and a solid conclusion to the trilogy. My biggest complaint with this series is how the books flow from one to the next. Book one and two end on major cliffhangers, and book two and three pick up right where the previous books ended. There is no transition, nothing to reorient yo 3.5 stars, rounded up What a finale! This conclusion surprised me in a lot of good ways. While the first half of this book was more of a 3-star read for me, the final third was excellent - exciting, emotional, well-paced, and a solid conclusion to the trilogy. My biggest complaint with this series is how the books flow from one to the next. Book one and two end on major cliffhangers, and book two and three pick up right where the previous books ended. There is no transition, nothing to reorient you to the world if you don't read them back-to-back. Because I read each of them upon publication, there were large gaps of time between readings, and my enjoyment of the story suffered as a result. I really struggled with the first half of this book because I knew I used to care about these characters, but I couldn't remember why. I had lost my emotional connection to them, and this book didn't do anything to help me re-establish that bond. So, for at least the first 100 pages, I felt painfully detached - wanting to care, but feeling extremely lost. I almost quit reading, intending to revisit the last few chapters of the previous book, but I didn't. Eventually, I reconnected on some level, but I know it could have been stronger. I also think these books are a bit longer than they needed to be. To me, it feels like one giant book bound in three volumes, rather than three separate books. If you look at it that way, it's 1,563 pages - longer than War and Peace! I know plenty of people love big books, and I've read much longer books myself. But some books need to be that long, and some don't. I just think these could have been tightened up. Having said all that, I really enjoyed this world and these characters. The magic is awesome, the politics/history are interesting, and the relationships are touching. Jodi Meadows knows how to bring a story to life! When I was connected, I really felt like I was visiting another world. And I LOVED the dragons - the dragons are, without a doubt, my favorite thing about this trilogy. Bottom line, if you like dragons and don't mind big books, I think you would really enjoy this trilogy. Just make sure to read them close together. **************** Content note for anyone interested in how sexual content is handled here: SPOILERS BELOW (view spoiler)[There are a couple of light make-out scenes and the couple sleep in the same bed, but there is no sex. The main character thinks about how she might want to do more but isn't sure yet. There is peer pressure to do more from her well-meaning friends, but she doesn't let that guide her decisions. The love interest is from a reserved, conservative culture, and while the friends don't always respect how this affects his decisions, the main character does. I don't think the word "sex" is ever used. Rather, there is a lot of awkward hinting and tiptoeing around the subject. When the couple finally discuss it, they decide to take things slow and do what feels right to them, not what is expected of them, one way or the other. "Clean read" has increasingly become an inadequate label, as definitions of "clean" vary widely. However, I would feel comfortable recommending this series to someone simply looking for books without sex. (hide spoiler)]

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    3.5-4 stars JODI YOU ALMOST HAD ME THERE. A large chunk of this book takes place in the Algotti Empire and it was very interesting to see where Jodi's worldbuilding took us. TBH the worldbuilding is amaze-balls here and one of the main reasons I love this series so much. Jodi takes so much time to show how integrated dragons are into the Fallen Isles and contrasts that with the empire. I love! Mira's character arc is beautiful and is the second reason why I adore this series. Watching her go from 3.5-4 stars JODI YOU ALMOST HAD ME THERE. A large chunk of this book takes place in the Algotti Empire and it was very interesting to see where Jodi's worldbuilding took us. TBH the worldbuilding is amaze-balls here and one of the main reasons I love this series so much. Jodi takes so much time to show how integrated dragons are into the Fallen Isles and contrasts that with the empire. I love! Mira's character arc is beautiful and is the second reason why I adore this series. Watching her go from a political mouthpiece to Dragon Jesus (view spoiler)[ to normal dragon-adoring girl (hide spoiler)] made me so emotional and proud of her growth. (view spoiler)[ Plus everyone from the Isles having no god-given powers at the end really made me appreciate the choice made to make Mira normal. Before she was placed on a pedestal away from everyone else but now she can finally be just Mira and the differences between the different islands aren't the defining factors for how they'll rebuild their society bc they were part of what lead to so many of the problems in the Fallen Isles before. (hide spoiler)] . Tbh this whole thing reads like a fire emblem script and I live for it. I must have compared the Fallen Isles to FE before askdjflaksjdf my point still stands. The themes and tone of the Fallen Isles series have always been consistent and well done and When She Reigns is no exception. I do feel that some of the scenes involving Empress Apolla and the Algotti empire were repetitive and the lore surrounding the Noorestones was vague and the reason why the vague explanations are narratively justified is because Mira is this world's Dragon Jesus so she can "feel" her way through the noorestone power because it *IS* her power. The escalation of the different isles/Fallen gods rising didn't work for me. When Idris rose in book 2, there was so much time dedicated to the devastation Aaru felt, but when the other islands started rising, it didn't have the same effect as the first time. This, coupled by the fact that the Apolla and Mira conflict was largely made up of ideological conversations and vague noorestone lore, makes me think there's some sort of imbalance with scale and/or escalation in this installment. I also have an issue with so many of the plot developing scenes beginning or ending with descriptions of people running around and screaming. Yes, it makes perfect sense this would happen in the story given the circumstances. However, everytime something bad happens, Mira has to describe this running and screaming. Like when another island rises, it left me thinking "AGAIN?!" I loathe to end a series by rating the last book with my lowest rating of the trilogy, but that doesn't mean I think it was a weak book. WSR did its job and gave me a satisfying ending. I don't think anything is missing per se, but the WOW factor in As She Ascends wasn't present here. The focus was on wrapping up Mira's arc and revealing all the Mira Treaty's origins, which it achieved. Since most of the other characters didn't have too strong of an involvement in the plot, the exchanges between Mira and the gang from previous books are replaced by the Mira vs. Apolla ideology clash. Focusing so much on Apolla, a new character, in the last book felt a little unnecessary. Everyone else in Mira's friend circle was sidelined into cheerleaders. ANYWAY I liked it. It was a good conclusion. I just have nitpicks, as always.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kara Swanson

    Such a fantastic story! This beautiful conclusion to the series continued to hold my breath as I raced to find out what happened. I've loved seeing Mira's journey, and Aaru will forever be my favorite little silent child.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Manon

    It might be because I didn't really enjoy the first two installments, but I just couldn't get into this. So sad.

  18. 5 out of 5

    jess (bibliophilicjester)

    I have so many emotions which is very overwhelming for this INTJ. I'll work on a review, but this was another obvious five stars, and I'm very stingy with my 5 star ratings. This book was stunning in every way. I just love how in this series, even when everything is the absolute worst, there's still so much hope. I could talk about this series forever. And I immediately want to reread this book. 🐉

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tecla

    This trilogy means so much to me!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ricky

    Well, well, well. The finest series Jodi Meadows has yet written, and it's capped off in just as epic a fashion as I've come to expect after reading the stories of Mira and her dragons in The Fallen Isles Trilogy for two years now. After As She Ascends ended with the first of the seven Isles rising up in an unprecedented cataclysm - the Great Abandonment, with all the Idrisi survivors stuck as refugees, and no way to predict when any of the remaining Isles will suffer the same fate - now Mira an Well, well, well. The finest series Jodi Meadows has yet written, and it's capped off in just as epic a fashion as I've come to expect after reading the stories of Mira and her dragons in The Fallen Isles Trilogy for two years now. After As She Ascends ended with the first of the seven Isles rising up in an unprecedented cataclysm - the Great Abandonment, with all the Idrisi survivors stuck as refugees, and no way to predict when any of the remaining Isles will suffer the same fate - now Mira and her allies have no choice but to potentially turn to the Algotti Emprie for help. It's a good thing that the Empire, established as they were as a Greater Scope Villain in Book 1, maybe weren't so evil as some true villains closer to home, villains with too much greed and not enough sense. But this book, it brings the series' environmental-justice themes full circle as we finally resolve all these years of conflict - though not without cost, of course. But while Game of Thrones disappointed in its eighth and final season, here, Mira shows us just how amazing a Khaleesi can truly be, caring for her dragons and her people in equal measure, and as much as her mental health problems can debilitate her, it doesn't cost her an ounce of heroism. Not when she has all the remedies at her disposal - her calming pills, her noorestones, and of course LaLa and Crystal, two of the cutest, most loyal dragons a girl could ask for. And let's not forget Aaru's love - seven gods, are he and Mira just the most shippable cuties or what? To The Fallen Isles Trilogy, I now bid ave atque vale, and I seriously can't wait to see just how amazing and imaginative Jodi Meadows gets in her next work!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Closer to 3.75. My biggest complaint about this novel is that it was slightly too long and dragged in parts. I still throughly enjoyed the series but I got bored towards the end and started feeling like the story needed to end. This is a series I'd recommend to others and I'm glad I was able to pick it up.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    This is the third book in this series and it was a little disappointing. I found it kind of boring unfortunately.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lulai

    As good as the first 2 books. I love the mythologie arround the fist dragon. So much wold building in this last book. It was great ^^

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy Braun

    To date, this is one of my favourite Jodi Meadows stories, and one of my favourite book finales of 2019. This world and its lore are so richly crafted, I will genuinely miss it. I loved the way the author dove deep into the lore and power of dragons in ways I never imagined or expected. The writing is beautiful and flowing and had me on the edge of my seat during the adventure and action scenes. The characters, both new and old, are complex and layered. I adored the side characters, especially Aa To date, this is one of my favourite Jodi Meadows stories, and one of my favourite book finales of 2019. This world and its lore are so richly crafted, I will genuinely miss it. I loved the way the author dove deep into the lore and power of dragons in ways I never imagined or expected. The writing is beautiful and flowing and had me on the edge of my seat during the adventure and action scenes. The characters, both new and old, are complex and layered. I adored the side characters, especially Aaru, though I confess I would love to know more about an empress since she is quite complex. Not quite a villain, not quite an antihero, and not quite a hero, but she is so interesting that her moments were among my most favourite in the book. Of course, Mira remains the star. She's always been unique and so full of heart and kindness. She never falters. Watching her overcome her insecurities and personal strife make her easy to relate to. I love her to pieces, and am truly going to miss her and her adventures. This trilogy was packed with magic in every aspect. From its actual magic, to its lore and creatures, to its characters, romance, triumphs, and sacrifices. Definitely one of my favourite trilogies of all time, and a must read for anyone who wants to be swept away in a truly majestic fantasy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Maxfield

    After the first two books I was very excited for this final book to finish the series! Then I finally got my hands on it and it was... Ok. The book was about 530 pages total, and it felt like 350 of those pages was just build up. Thinking back on it, I don't remember a lot of things that occurred, only that I was eager to read on to hopefully get to the action. Sadly I found this third book lacking. There wasn't a lot of character development, the romances were already obvious and in place from After the first two books I was very excited for this final book to finish the series! Then I finally got my hands on it and it was... Ok. The book was about 530 pages total, and it felt like 350 of those pages was just build up. Thinking back on it, I don't remember a lot of things that occurred, only that I was eager to read on to hopefully get to the action. Sadly I found this third book lacking. There wasn't a lot of character development, the romances were already obvious and in place from the previous book, and it gave off the vibe that it would all work out in a good way somehow. Usually I like the happy ending books, but this one was too easy to see where it was going once the *action* finally happened that it left me feeling cheated. This book could have been 200 pages to cover the things I'll actually remember and enjoyed instead of the massive 500+ it was. Just too much filler for too little enjoyment.

  26. 5 out of 5

    kylie

    4 stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was almost everything I was expecting! I anticipated the same wonderfully paced, rich writing that I was given before, the magnetic plot as before. I expected it to be, well, as good as the other two. But it just... fell flat in some areas. The plot felt as though it was being dragged through peanut butter, but the ending came at full speed. This may or may not make any sense, but I was content with the ending, though not satisfied. Is that at all logical? That's the onl 4 stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was almost everything I was expecting! I anticipated the same wonderfully paced, rich writing that I was given before, the magnetic plot as before. I expected it to be, well, as good as the other two. But it just... fell flat in some areas. The plot felt as though it was being dragged through peanut butter, but the ending came at full speed. This may or may not make any sense, but I was content with the ending, though not satisfied. Is that at all logical? That's the only way for me to describe this feeling. It just wasn't everything it could've been. What could it have been, you ask? I don't know. But it just didn't live up to it's potential. Putting that behind me, I really enjoyed this book! As always, I delighted in reading from the POV of my favorite dragon girl. I just have an immeasurable amount of love for Mira (and her companions🥰). Considering I read the whole book expecting her to either die or forever remain as a star in the sky, only to walk the earth at night (the young elites PTSD :,( ), how she had to sacrifice her dragon side was almost worse. That's her. That's her whole being. She's Girl Mira, yes, but she's Dragon Mira even more. I'm so glad she got to stay with her family, but it still hurt my tiny little heart :( and the scene with LaLa??? I'm in TEARS Ilina calling Mira her wingsister makes me cry every time. It's just that word, I love it so much :,) Paorah was so annoying. I know he was supposed to be but it just grated against my nerves. I'd see his name and audibly sigh. He wasn't even a villain you cruelly enjoy to read about (y'all know what I mean). And another character who got on my very last nerve was the Empress. She's young and only trying to protect her own people, but she did not need to leave the Fallen Isles to die because of selfish reasons ("her dragons" flew away, when she couldn't comprehend that they belong to no one but themselves. that was another thing I disliked about her). Ignoring my problems with the ending, I was really happy with everyone's survival (and the new world, made by the one and only Dragonhearted <3 ). I definitely would've liked an epilogue, maybe a few months or years later. That would've been super cool, but alas. Some people don't like epilogues, but (usually) I love them! Maybe that would've left me satisfied with the ending. All in all, I'm so happy I finally got to see the ending of Mira's story (or was it only her beginning? I want a follow up :( )

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    Too Late. It‘s too late. „The Great Abandonment could have been prevented. But it was not.“ „One god had risen. Abandoned his people. Killed most of them, too. Any island could be next.“ When She Reigns does not start well for our friends. The odds are stacked well against them, but they don‘t - can’t - give up hope. Still hunted by the warriors for escaping prison (among other things), Mira and her friends set out on the quest to find the dragons that have been taken, to stop more gods from rising Too Late. It‘s too late. „The Great Abandonment could have been prevented. But it was not.“ „One god had risen. Abandoned his people. Killed most of them, too. Any island could be next.“ When She Reigns does not start well for our friends. The odds are stacked well against them, but they don‘t - can’t - give up hope. Still hunted by the warriors for escaping prison (among other things), Mira and her friends set out on the quest to find the dragons that have been taken, to stop more gods from rising and abandoning their people. And all traces lead to the Algotti Empire, the unknown threat on the faraway mainland. I enjoyed reading this book immensly! It‘s fast paced and thrilling, I just flew through the pages without any sense for time. I‘m SO proud of Mira. She grew so much in this series. Once a “show pony“, she found her voice, AND her spine, AND the willpower to stand up for what is right, never once losing her integrity. I LOVED the way how powerful women are represented, especially in this book, as well as all the different shapes and forms this power may come in. I LOVED that the „villains“ aren‘t bad merely for badness‘ sake. I LOVED the sweet romance that slowly blossoms between Mira and Aaru. I LOVED the dynamics of Mira‘s friend group. Not just the way Mira interacts with each of them, but also how they interact with each other. ( I want to be friends with them, too) I LOVE that nothing comes without a sacrifice. And lastly, I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the dragons. ALL of them!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kristen (belles_bookshelves)

    "Where there is light, there must also be darkness. Where there is hope, there must also be fear. Where there is life, there must also be death. Every first is paired with a last. There can be no beginnings without endings." My least favorite thing about reading series AS they are published, instead of all at once when they are all published, is that over the course of a year I forget the minor details and have to spend 50 or so pages remembering everything that was going on. For example, I remem "Where there is light, there must also be darkness. Where there is hope, there must also be fear. Where there is life, there must also be death. Every first is paired with a last. There can be no beginnings without endings." My least favorite thing about reading series AS they are published, instead of all at once when they are all published, is that over the course of a year I forget the minor details and have to spend 50 or so pages remembering everything that was going on. For example, I remembered the earthquake and the Great Abandonment starting and rescuing the dragons. But I had somehow forgotten the god of Idris rising and who Nine was. So once I had caught myself up on all of those details, I was good to go. Although I did see the connection with the magistrate and the Algotti empire coming, it was still an "oh shit" moment with how it all played out. I saw how they were connected coming, but definitely not how the big reveal went. I love how Mira's connection with the dragons winds up playing out. I love the history and the role it winds up playing in and after the Great Abandonment. I love her connection to her dragon specifically, it's adorable. The relationship here is such an awesome slowburn that I love, too. The character's personalities stay true to their isles and it's realistic as to how it all plays out even with what is happening around them.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Starr

    This is the final book in the Fallen Isles Trilogy, so this will be a relatively short review. I am very glad to have continued on with this series . Everything was leading up to this moment, where Mira steps completely into her own. The betrayals and treachery are completely uncovered.The truth is known. Mira is the only one understands the task before them and the only one who can save the Fallen Isles. She boldly accepts the price that she has to pay.  But to be honest, this ending kind of di This is the final book in the Fallen Isles Trilogy, so this will be a relatively short review. I am very glad to have continued on with this series . Everything was leading up to this moment, where Mira steps completely into her own. The betrayals and treachery are completely uncovered.The truth is known. Mira is the only one understands the task before them and the only one who can save the Fallen Isles. She boldly accepts the price that she has to pay.  But to be honest, this ending kind of disappointed me. It fell short  and was a bit of a letdown. For closure and so I don't have to wonder I appreciate this book. But, I kind of feel cheated.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Doris Raines

    I LIKE THIS BOOK A LOT.

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