Eternal Destiny by Tahlia Newland

Eternal Destiny

by Tahlia Newland

Genre: Paranormal, Metaphysical, Fantasy

Five stars

In the stunning conclusion to the Diamond Peak series, Ariel continues on to the end of her journey up the Mountain to reach Diamond Peak, defeat the final demon enemies, Cogin and Rasama, and free humanity from the Serpentine infection. Along her journey she struggles with the valid fear of losing those close to her who she has grown to love. Her romance with Nick has strengthened into true love, and now she must face the danger of losing him or him losing her on their mission.  Her confidence and Nick’s jealousy face their greatest challenges yet. Will she complete the dangerous task and fulfill the prophecy, or will she and her friends succumb to the murderous demons all around?

Eternal Destiny is now one of my favorite in the series along with the first book, Lethal Inheritance. Tahlia has achieved a brilliant balance of adventure, fantastic description, and heart-tugging feeling.

The deep connections between the members of the crusade to free the world drew me into their strong camaraderie and deep purpose. The universal story of suffering, sacrifice, and salvation light up this ending to a complicated, thrilling adventure.

Tahlia’s signature fantastic descriptions of inner battles made manifest in real life have reached their pinnacle along with Ariel. As with the other books in the series, Tahlia packed  Eternal destiny with magical, spiritual feats and battles. The mystical summit of Ariel’s journey and the epitome of her spiritual progression burst out onto the pages in a vivid illustration of the author’s ideals.

Everything I really want to say will reveal the ending to the story, but I will say that the ending contains surprises, but not so many that I felt cheated of the ending I wanted to see and plenty to prevent me from thinking it at all formulaic. Tahlia has pulled out all the stops for a true triumph of her own!

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Demon’s Grip by Tahlia Newland

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Demon’s Grip

by Tahlia Newland

Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary, Fantasy, New Adult, Metaphysical

Four Stars

Ariel has reached the city of Sheldra safely after defeating a second demon master. She enters the safety of Sheldra to train for her greatest challenge yet. With many difficulties, she battles the demon Emot, the demon of desire. A new twist on her weakness harasses Ariel in the form of Nick and her imagination regarding him. Can she sort out her feelings before they become an addiction?

Deep in the caves inside the mountain, her mother Nadima struggles against her own weakness. Will her Warrior training be enough to free her and the other prisoners from slavery to demons?

Get ready for another vivid tale of inner adventure made manifest. Tahlia’s spectacular descriptions bring her characters’ thoughts out into their physical world once again. She has added significantly more description of character, location, and action without losing her active writing style.

Tahlia has given us some resolution to Nick and Ariel’s frustrating relationship ambiguity in this volume, though their resolution gives birth to its own new troubles and a shocking new problem. I like the way Tahlia has made the couple into both each other’s strength and weakness.

Sometimes their interpersonal melodrama irritated me, but I’m also cranky and old with no patience for tumultuous romance. I admit their frustrating childishness brought out the big sister/mom in me and I wanted to give them a time out until they stopped with the melodrama. I felt like it drew away somewhat from the force of the story and the continuity. Once I realized where all the yearning and frustration led, I did understand a bit more why Tahlia wrote that way. I felt a bit like I missed the steps in a formula on the  progression of addiction through the story, with actions occurring that should mean something but I didn’t know what.

I appreciated Tahlia’s focus on addiction. She seems to tackle all the tough issues. The agony of that affliction and the beauty of victory over it touch most lives whether people admit it or not. She captured beautifully the shame, illogic, emotion, and power of addiction. Though I would write the story of overcoming differently as a Christian, I applaud any victory an addict can find. Salvation from oblivion and destruction should be appreciated no matter what the philosophy behind it.

Demon’s grip is yet another action-packed part of a series full of imagination and fantastic adventure.

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Although this can be read as a stand-alone novel, aspects of the story will be clearer if you have read the previous books in this series; Lethal Inheritance & Stalking Shadows.

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