The Rise (The Alexa Montgomery Saga, #3)by Published 25 Sep 2012
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The supernatural world in which Alexa Montgomery has found herself is on the brink of war. She is charged with the task of raising an army, defeating an evil dictator, and struggling to contain the bloodthirsty monster that lives within her.
These are things Alexa can handle, but when the person she loves most in the world takes a turn for the worst, Alexa's loyalty and determination will be tested in the most horrifying of ways. Will she be able to rise to the challenge, or will her love for her sister kill her once and for all?
The Rise (The Alexa Montgomery Saga, #3) Reviews
I just finished The Rise & to say I enjoyed it is such an understatement - I absolutely LOVED it! I was gripped from the start & once again, HD did not disappoint. It was a roller-coaster of emotions - it's like I felt what the characters were feeling - the loss, heartache, desperation, love... All of it! It's one of those books where you know you're going to mull it over for days to come.
In this book which is the third installment of the Alexa Montgomery saga, the story takes a darker turn than either of the other two books. We see a side of Nelly that I never imagined & there were times when I wondered if there would ever be light at the end of that dark tunnel. Alexa grew on me even more - she is such a complex charachter & of course, I practically fell in love with Kayden again!
There is just one thing I feel is missing... & that is the final book in this amazing series! I absolutely cannot wait to read how their journey will end!
I don't know about anyone else, but this right here is the best book of the series. I know, everyone says that after reading the next installment of a series they've grown to love. And don't get me wrong, Half Black Soul was absolutely great. But I'm taking back my amazing and putting it right effin here!
So much has happened thus far in the saga that there's no way to summarize without dropping spoilers. And if you haven't read any of them so far, turn around and go back to number one, Blood Warrior, because this one picks off where two ended. This is not a series you can just hop in the middle and enjoy the ride.
HD has invested so much time and emotion into her characters it's unreal. The reader can feel every breath, taste every tear, and smell all the blood that is shed. There's love, heartache, betrayal, death, and hope seeping through each page and frankly my world is spinning.
The only downfall? Waiting sucks.
Wow...just wow! So far "The Rise" is my favorite book of the Alexa Montgomery series. With every installment H.D. Gordon grows so much more as an author and it shows through the characters she creates, the poetry she incorporates throughout her work, and the emotion she inflicts on her audience. And let me tell you, "The Rise" was a roller coaster ride of emotion. FINALLY we get to witness Alexa's vulnerable side and it endured her to me on a whole new level.
The Rise begins with a frantic Alexa, her Libra, Kayden, and her newly freed mother rushing back to Two Rivers to retrieve Nelly. In Half Black Soul we learn that it is Nelly, not Alexa, who is the true prophesized savior and without the protection of her sister, the Sun Warrior, she may be in danger... which she most definitely is! However, Nelly ends up posing a bigger threat than King William and any of his Lamia-blood siphoning warriors. Under attack, Nelly ends up showing the side she has kept hidden her entire life and unleashing powers she has never used before. In doing so, she gains followers that would gladly give their lives for her; in turn, the darkness she's burrowed so deep within rises and takes her over completely.
Can Alexa save her sister from herself even if it means forfeiting her own life in the process? What? Did you expect me to answer that? Grab a copy of "The Rise" for yourself and find out! I promise, you will not be dissapointed. And, as an added bonus, Alexa and Kayden get closer than ever before ;) That little bit of information is enough in itself to pick this book up!
The first two books in this series were amazing so I had very high hopes for this one and it did not disappoint. The book starts exactly where Half Black soul ended; with Alexa, her recently rescued mother and Kayden racing back to two rivers to rescue Nelly. H.D. Gordon is incredible at writing gripping, page turning books and The Rise is no exception, there are many unexpected twists that take the story in an entirely different direction to what you expect. Secrets that people have been hiding start to come out during this book and several new POV’s are used that give you a deeper look into some of the characters.
Alexa and Kaydens relationship develops a lot in ways I really enjoyed; their chemistry is portrayed very well and is 100% believable. I’m not going to mention anything about Jackson in this review, you will just have to read the book to find out what happens with him :P By far one of my favourite parts of this book was Nelly, in the previous books she was just Alexa’s weak, gentle sister that always needed protecting but in this book you get to see an entirely different and unexpected side of her.
I didn’t think this series could get any better than it already was but this book has made it even better. This is a book that I would not only recommend you read but I would almost demand that you read it, it’s just too good to miss. I can’t wait to see what the author is going to do with the final book in the series.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my review in any way*
H.D. Gordon has done it again; she has written another hit in the Alexa Montgomery series. Book three is darker than the other two books and filled with one emotional roller coaster ride after another.
Initially, Alexa has rescued her mother and and is driving back to Two Rivers with Kayden by her side. Mommie Dearest is on a rampage about Alexa leaving Nelly alone. So, they are rushing back to try to protect her. However, little do they know; but, Nelly has been captured by evil King William. He wants to toy with her believing himself to be so superior and more powerful than anoyone around. Boy, does Nelly have a surprise not only for him; but, her family and friends as well. Soon, she is on the run with Queen Camillia, Bethany and several others from the slave camp. When they are attacked by Lamia, Nelly saves everyone all but Daniel. However, there is a hefty price to pay for her bravery.
Soon, Alexa and Nelly are rejoined. Unfortunately,Nelly is attacks Alexa and almost drains her dry. She is knocked out and the group decides it is best if they head for safety before King William's men meet up with them. When they stop for gasn and ALexa and Kayden attempt to take a moment for themselves, they return to the van to discover Nelly missing and her mother and Bethany dead. Alexa is at a loss. She desperately looks for her sister. Unable to locate her the group convinces her to move on to safety once they have buried their dead.
Alexa and company end up in the Outlands, an area that is unaligned to any power or kingdom. The inhabitants agree to live peaceably among each other. It is here that Alexa will seek an answer to how to locate and cure her sister; but, at what price? It does not matter because Alexa knows she is willing to pay and do anything to protect her sister. She and Kayden will have their moment of love only to have it snatched away prematurely. There will be heartbreak after heartbreak, death, betrayals and yes, hope.
This was a another really good read; but, I did have two criticisms. There were minor editing issues that seem to plague self-published books; but, my biggest concern was the story being told from four different points of views. Why is this a issue? If this is the Alexa Montgomery Saga, it should be told solely from her viewpoint. When other characters take the lead, the main character loses some power/momentum. I've noticed that the last two books have been featuring more of other character's POV's. I hope that Ms. Gordon returns to her original concept and tell the story from Alexa's view. Give yourself a treat and pick up this series. It is definitely a page turner.