I recently finished Firethorn, written by Ronie Kendig and published by Barbour. I enjoyed this fourth and final book in the Discarded Heroes series but was sad that the series had come to an end.
Griffin Riddell, also known as Legend, is the main character in this book. When the Shack is attacked, the heroes are scattered, and a female outsider--strong and determined Kazi--is brought in to rescue them. Imagine the worst possible stuff that could happen to the heroes, and well, there you have it. But it makes for a great story.
Just to warn you, there was at least one major shocker/surprise in the story, but I won't spoil it for you. To be fair, the event added a greater sense of reality, because as we all know, not everything in life turns out rosy.
The book was very action packed. There was more at stake than in previous books in the series, and I liked how Kendig provided closure at the end.
After reading Wolfsbane, I had pity for Range, so I was glad that Kendig brought him back and gave him some more story time in this final book.
Even as I write this, I'm hoping Kendig's developing a spin off. *hint, hint, cough, wink* I really enjoyed reading about the characters, and as sappy as it sounds, I will miss reading about them.
This series will appeal to men and women who like a little romance and a lot of action. Women should enjoy the romance and depth of Kendig's characters. Men should enjoy the action and the realism Kendig brings to her carefully researched stories.
Though each book can stand alone, if you haven't read any of the books in the series, I would suggest reading them in order. It makes more sense, and you'll get more out of them:
Nightshade (Book 1)
Digitalis (Book 2)
Wolfsbane (Book 3)
Firethorn (Book 4)
Finally, equally noteworthy, is at the end of the book, Kendig draws attention to the men and women who serve and protect our great nation with pride and honor. While it's fun to enjoy fiction, we must never forget the real heroes.
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