The Force of Wind by Elizabeth Hunter: Review

The Force of Wind

Synopsis from Goodreads: How far would you go to protect the ones you love? What would you sacrifice to kill the one you hate? Join Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo as they travel to a hidden island on the far edge of China to seek the help of an ancient immortal court. Can they weave their way through the tangled web of centuries-old alliances and ruthless feuds to find what they’ve been looking for? Friends will be revealed, enemies will find them, and a dangerous secret will come to light.
The third book in the Elemental Mysteries series will see Giovanni and Beatrice joined by a group of unlikely allies as they explore the history and myth of the far East. Many have been stolen, but only one holds the key.

The Force of Wind is the third book in the four-part Elemental Mysteries series. It is the sequel to This Same Earth and is a paranormal mystery/romance for adult readers.

Source: author for a fair and honest review

My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review: Holy cats!  There doesn’t seem to be any stopping Elizabeth Hunter.  The Force of Wind, the third installment of her Elemental Mysteries series is a force to be reckoned with.  Honestly I feel like this book snuck up on me and b***h-slapped me.  Are you kidding?

The Force of Wind is a sort of slow burn that opens in China and remains there for almost the entirety of the novel.  Giovanni and Beatrice find themselves welcomed to Mount Penglai, the super-secret home of the council of Elders, the Immortal world’s version of the Supreme Court.  Here’s the skinny: Gio and B have finally discovered the location of the illusive manuscript they have been hunting throughout the series; the evil-as-Satan-himself Lorenzo has shown up to petition the Elders of the court for possession of said book and Stephen de Novo; B is becoming a serious bad ass and a vampire; and Tenzin is offering up personal information about her background and she has a mate.  What??  Tenzin has a mate?  Stephen de Novo is alive and well? Lorenzo is playing nice and bowing to the will of the Elders?  For those who have followed this series from the beginning these are the some of the questions that have been lingering and are finally answered.  Believe me the long-awaited answers to these questions are quite satisfying and somewhat unexpected.

The pace and progress of this novel is truly like a slow burn with plenty of information being offered up but very little big action until the very end.  While this may seem dull to some readers, followers of the series will find it quite informative, interesting, and above all intriguing as the information creates a whole list of new questions that . . . . are not answered in this novel.  Damn you, Elizabeth Hunter – you’re an evil genius!  As for the action at the end, it is fast, furious, and tragic; this is also the part of the novel that snuck up on me like a stealthy ninja, b***h-slapped me and then ran away.  The end of the novel is one of the strengths of both the novel and the series as a whole.  Hunter is not afraid to sacrifice some of her characters, beloved or otherwise, just to keep the reader happy.  Although the reader may hate to discover who is lost, the reader will also understand that the loss is necessary and is done for the overall betterment and advancement of the plot and series.

The bottom line: The Force of Wind is yet another excellent read from the laptop and mind of Elizabeth Hunter.  The pace, although slow at first, is not a problem as it pays off in spades by novel’s end.  The standard characters evolve; the long-reaching plot line advances; the shorter novel-specific plot line is handled beautifully and; the cliff hanger is more  than enough to have the reader begging for the fourth and final installment of this series, A Fall of Water.

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