Title: Coven Leader
Series: Hayle Coven, #19
Author: Patti Larsen
Publication Date: July 2013
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Reviewed by: Ellen Fritz
Source: From author for review
Ellen’s rating: 5/5
Syd’s made her choice, marrying Liam, much to the pleasure of the High Council and her family. But her honeymoon is cut short when Fate comes calling at last. Syd’s final confrontation with the Brotherhood leads her into more danger than she’s ever faced—and throws her headlong into a last battle even her power might not be enough to overcome…
Although I enjoyed all the Hayle Coven books so far, I find Coven Leader to be the most realistic. From a wedding and an epic battle, to an execution and a funeral, this book contains joy, action and extreme sadness.
Balance is the word that comes to mind in this case. Syd, though still snarky, sometimes a bit childish and often unnecessarily temperamental, is far more adult and responsible in this book. Although she kicks butt as usual, she suffers a major betrayal and a great loss. Said loss is why I will issue a definite Kleenex warning at this point.
The evil antagonist, Ameline, very necessary to Syd's cause in this book, comes into her full maji power. The question is, what will happen after she has served her purpose?
Despite Syd's married status, handsome fellows like Piers, Sebastian and especially Quaid are still around. Quaid in particular is a bit irrational about her marriage; a fact that brings a poignancy to the story.
I particularly enjoyed the imaginative descriptions of the different planes of existence. The fact that Syd can change into a being that fits in with which ever plane she is on, is another masterfully creative touch.
As usual I would advise readers to get the first eighteen books in this series before reading Coven Leader. Filled with riveting action, nail-biting suspense, romance and humor, this book certainly had me on an emotional rollercoaster at times. I recommend this book as a truly worthwhile read.
ABOUT the AUTHOR
My official bio reads like this: Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle grade and young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. But that sounds so freaking formal, doesn't it? I'm a storyteller who hears teenager's voices so loud I have to write them down. I love sports even though they don't love me. I've dabbled in everything from improv theater to film making and writing TV shows, singing in an all girl band to running my own hair salon.
But always, always, writing books calls me home.
I've had my sights set on world literary domination for a while now. Which means getting my books out there, to you, my darling readers. It's the coolest thing ever, this job of mine, being able to tell stories I love, only to see them all shiny and happy in your hands... thank you for reading.
As for the rest of it, I'm short (permanent), slightly round (changeable) and blonde (for ever and ever). I love to talk one on one about the deepest topics and can't seem to stop seeing the big picture. I happily live on Prince Edward Island, Canada, home to Anne of Green Gables and the most beautiful red beaches in the world, with my very patient husband and four massive cats.
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