Title: Healed by Fire
Series: Artemis Lupine, #3
Author: Catherine Banks
Publisher: Self published
Tags: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Werewolves, Vampires, Magic
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥
Note: Recommended for older teens
“The dark approaches. Fire will consume and restore, happiness and pain must be experienced collectively. Death for three will be the end.”
Her memory taken and her whereabouts unknown Artemis is taken in by a coven of witches who give her the name Chandra. After an intense interaction with the Beta of the Werewolves, whom she can’t deny a connection to, Chandra learns that there are people who know her true identity and that she’s not the only halfbreed werewolf alive. Is he really her mate? Just who was she in this previous life? Does she even want to find out the truth? And can she decipher the meaning of her death prophecy before it’s too late?
Chandra is on her way to the store, because the coven leader sent her to gather some supplies for a spell. She hopes that mean Sidhe won’t be there to serve her. He always discovers all sorts of things to bully her. Fortunately he isn’t the one to help her today. Instead, it’s the most handsome man she’s ever seen. The first word that comes out of his mouth isn’t so complimenting, though. Why would he proclaim she is broken? Okay she can’t remember a thing from her past, but broken? Wait, doesn’t that mean he knows her from before?
The handsome stranger turns out to be the prince of the Wolves. And he proclaims to be her mate? Her wolf seems to agree with his words, but can she trust him? Why didn’t he search for her sooner? He does have a familiar feeling, but can she trust him? With the new reign she has to be very careful, since half-breeds are fervently hunted.
Taken aback, she runs from the store and calls for Draco-Blue, her friend and the king of the dragons. He whisks her away from the prince and takes her to her coven. Then he goes on to the Dragon Counsel, to ask them if they are willing to help Chandra with the retrieval of her memory. He hadn’t done that before, but the meeting with the prince has made a crack in the spell, which can be dangerous for her and even kill her if they don’t do something soon.
The witches also know what must be done and call in an emergency meeting, while explaining to Chandra all that they now. During the meeting, a young man strolls into the house, who’s also a half-breed, just like her! His name is Theseus and he’s been sent to keep her company during their journey to the dragons. This way she’ll feel less lonely, since wolves are pack animals.
Just before they are about to leave one of the witches has an ominous prophecy about Chandra and the journey she is about to make. Will everything be in vain? Will she ever discover who she was and what connection she has with the prince? Or will she lose him forever?
I was so happy when this book came out (you might remember the über happy post I posted). It cooled down pretty fast. Maybe it came because of the high expectations I had, since the other two book were so great. But I didn’t like this one as much as I thought I would. I didn’t get swept from my feet while reading the story…
It’s still a nice story to read, but as you can understand I expected more, much more. I’m not exactly fond of first-person view and reading the book through the eyes of different characters, let alone a combination of it. I could live with it if it was the only thing that bothered me reading the book. This way of writing also made the book confusing at times and I developed a weaker bond with the characters.
However, the beginning rocked! At first I didn’t even notice that the person who was telling the story was Chandra! I thought I was reading it from someone elses point of view and I was slightly disappointed about it. You can imagine how big my surprise was when I found out ^^. I didn’t recognize her because decades have passed since the last book. Wow! Never saw that one coming and I like surprises like this one ^^ Although can you still consider this book YA if the person herself is over a hundred years old or is this a PNR book?
The disadvantage of the leap in time was that Artemis had changed, a lot. I didn’t recognize the naïve and fierce young woman who I met and grew to love. She almost seemed like a different person, even growing soft! The only thing that didn’t change was how naïve she is regarding men. *Sigh* Is she really a woman??
Speaking of men, the amount of men that fall in love with her increase with the minute. I know she’s a great gal, but there has to be a limit somewhere. In the first book we had one, in the second two and now we have three! Is this a trend? She doesn’t need that many falling for her, just one is enough and the limit to what she can handle 😉
I liked the world a lot more than the first book, when the paranormal beings invaded the human world. This time I couldn’t find something that bothered me and it became much more interesting. The King of the Vampires became sole dictator on earth and it became a medieval utopia, where humans are used as slaves. Apart from the human slaves, I found what we got to see very comprehensive and it had a mix of all kinds of customs, even some from the ancient Romans!
The end was a bit too abrupt for my taste. I was still in the middle of the story and trying to understand what was happening, and then, no more pages! Of course it’s an open ending, just like the other two books, but this time it didn’t make me want to read to next book asap. It was a bit too predictable to end the story at this moment, so I knew what was coming ;). It also made me feel that everything’s gonna be alright in the book. Although I might come back on this statement after reading the last book in the series, knowing Catherine Banks, and I might find the ending a bit more impressive by then ^^
Overall Rating 3 hearts. I really wish I could give it more, but it’s just not worth it in my eyes. It’s a nice and amusing sequel, but it missed the earth shattering feeling the other books gave me after reading them. I didn’t get the feeling that much happened, even at the end. I’m still curious to how everything will end, so I’ll look forward to the next book, which hopefully has an even greater beginning. I never had such a huge HUH??! reaction after reading this one ^^
What did you think of it? Please leave a comment 😉