Anyone who's read anything by Ronie Kendig knows that she can deliver "rapid-fire fiction", and she does not disappoint in Firethorn, the grand finale for the Discarded Heroes series! Open this book and instantly you will be sucked into the latest adventure for the Nightshade team. Except, instead of being sent on a mission...they are the mission--to regroup back together and hunt down whoever tried to permanently dismantle the Nightshade team.
What I found most intriguing about Firethorn is that it wasn't just about Griffin (Legend) and Kazi--though they are very central characters--but touches on each one of the members of the Nightshade team. Including their wives. Getting to see the men and their families from previous books--Max and Sydney, Colton and Piper, Canyon and Dani--fight for their livelihood was the most gripping part of the book. After growing so attached to all of them in Nightshade, Digitalis, and Wolfsbane, I was nearly out of my mind with worry when the Nightshade was targeted and the members scattered.
Bringing in Kazi--an assassin who's always worked alone--was a really neat twist in contrast to the tight teamwork that Griffin is used to with the Nightshade team. This book almost rivaled Wolfsbane's position as my favorite out of the series. Almost. I admit I was a little depressed on finishing this book--one ending just completely took me by surprise. And while I don't hate the book--by any means!--it still...really saddened me. (No spoilers in this review, so that's all I'm saying!)
Ronie Kendig is at the top of her game with Firethorn. The writing grips you, the characters (once again) spring from the pages, and the action is non-stop! It's so hard to believe the Discarded Heroes series has come to an end. The characters have become so special and personal to me! But I know whatever book/series she comes out with next, I am going to love--It's Ronie Kendig we're talkin' about here, a lady who writes my kind of suspense...how can I not??
I reviewed this book for FIRST Wild Card Blog Tours. Special thanks to Ronie Kendig for sending me a review copy. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.