Tuesday, August 20, 2013

REVIEW: UNLEASHED (The Elements Trilogy, #3) by Melissa Pearl

Title: Unleashed
Series: The Elements Trilogy, #3
Author: Melissa Pearl
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: August, 2013
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Reviewed by: Ellen Fritz
Source: Received from author for review
Ellen’s smiley rating: 5/5


The prophecy has failed. As Athra lies in the dungeons of Taramon with his defeated army, this is all he can believe. His city has been torn apart. He has failed his people and all that awaits him is an agonising death.

But the light has been found.

Ashan and his dark army proceed in gloating triumph. Safeer heads to Mezrah with Taramon's women and children, while the rest of his men remain in the northern city, forcing their prisoners to tear it down stone by stone. 

But two sparks have been ignited.

Kyla and Jethro learn of Taramon's demise and, with the children, formulate a plan to rescue their people and bring an end to the overpowering darkness. It will take all their strength and every ounce of faith they possess...

But a furious light is about to be unleashed.


Although I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first two books, Unknown and Unseen, this last book in the Elements Trilogy was certainly the grand finale. From glorious battles and magnificent heroism to the most tender of romantic moments and heart breaking scenes of farewell, Unleashed has it all!

Jethro, Kyla and the Element children have the light of Oron; now they must find a way to overcome the darkness in their world, defeat the evil king Ashan and free the city of Taramon from the enemy. Athra, on the other hand, is seeing his city and future kingdom taken apart stone by stone. At the start of this story things look dire for all the good people of the light but as the whole message of this book is:
"A light can shine in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it", there is always hope.  

Filled with adventure, suspense and nonstop action, this page-turner kept me riveted to my chair. Don't think Unleashed is all about hype though. In the pages of this book you will find a wealth of wisdom, some extremely touching romance and events for which you will definitely need Kleenex. Although there is a love triangle in Unleashed, in the entire trilogy in fact, it isn't aggressive and does not dominate the story.

In this last book I could see how much the three main characters, Jethro, Kyla and Athra, have grown since I first got to know them in Unknown. The bad guys, and especially king Ashan, his diplomat, Safeer, and the dark sorcerer Nafees, achieved a higher level of thoroughly evil in this book.

Full of trolls, dragons, dark magic and lots of bravery, Unleashed should appeal to a vast range of readers. If I could give this book more than five stars, I would. For readers to get the whole picture, I must advise that you read the first two books, Unknown and Unseen, before reading Unleashed.


Unleashed by Melissa Pearl has 7 reviews on Goodreads. Read it here.



Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November, 2011. Since then she has produced three more books with her fifth novel, Betwixt, released in November 2012.


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