Slade’s Destiny – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds
‘Ming could hear the click of armor and the rhythmic pounding of many, many feet as they drew closer. She could feel her heartbeat increasing and pounding heavily in her chest, using the exercises and skills taught to her as a monk she tried to quiet her rapidly beating heart. Panic and fear would only cause her to make mistakes; she needed a cool, clear and calm head. It was one of the first lessons learned in the warrior training at the Black Lotus. Less than an hour had passed before the group got their first look at the approaching army. In spite of the lanterns it was still shadowy along the length of the underground roadway. They could not be certain who they faced but she noted with a sense of relief that the army, and an enormous army at that, seemed to be primarily made of up the very dwarves that Zexsan had been leading them to see. In the very back she could just make out a group of taller figures that indicated an almost equally large human following closely behind the dwarves.’
Ming is just one of the key elements that must put a stop to the witch Shallendara’s attempt to open the portals that will cause total destruction to their world. Slade and his sister Ursula, as well as many others, have vowed to rescue their father King Erich after his kidnapping. To do this they must stand against their older brother Ulrich who has taken over the throne. Both realize his evilness and also the fact that he may have had a hand in the kidnapping as well as the death of their mother. But time is running out. Shallendara has learned what is required to open the portal. She must acquire two of the three gemstones required for the opening. When these two are brought together, the third will follow. The mystery is her motive. With the destruction of the world how does she expect to survive? How can she be stopped?
Then there is Nexus who has worked with Shallendara as a joint quest to find the stones and open the portal. But can she really trust him? Is his motive real or does he have ideas of his own? Will the two continue to work together or will they betray each other?
Book Three of the Witchcraft Wars has been a true page turner. I couldn’t wait to see Slade’s Destiny would really become the end of the series or hopefully lead to a 4th. I was completely surprised by the ending! And to my delight, there are many possibilities for continuation. Hopefully soon. My advice, read the complete set of the Witchcraft Wars in order. You won’t be disappointed.