Author: Darby Cupid
Pub. Date: March 21, 2021
Pub: Silver Arrow Press
Genre: YA SFF
“Their loyalty and love is what’s likely going to get them killed.”
Whose blood is next?
Reeling from Danikai’s last words, Crystal leads her council to Zenai. When the dangerous planet pushes them to breaking point, she must decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice for her people—for her legacy.
I’m not a king. I’m barely a man.
Thrust into a world of spacecraft and war, Dylan must find the strength to face not only the dangers of battle, but the unravelling truth inside his heart.
It’s okay to be scared.
Watching someone else live the life he deserves, Jaik is determined to find somewhere he belongs. When his past comes back to haunt him, however, he must face his demons one more time.
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This was such a satisfying ending to this trilogy. I’m so glad that I got to go on this journey with Dylan, Crystal, Jaik and Co. It was epic to say the least, and full of emotional ups and downs, drama, trauma, action and betrayal and a few twists that left me surprised.
The emotional arcs that Dylan, Crystal and Jaik go through in this book are intense and felt so realistic. They’re all struggling under immense pressure and weight. They don’t always handle every situation right. But in the end, we get to see them grow into the people they were always meant to be. Faced with nearly impossible odds and facing the unknown, it’s not surprising they struggle and lash out. But the fact that they always work through the problem versus letting it fester is so good.
I loved how Dylan is very emotionally open in this book. He’s dealing with so much, fear, insecurities, needing to prove himself…and he becomes this incredibly strong character. He proved himself time and time again and for someone who has like, basically no training, it’s so damn impressive.
Crystal is dealing with the weight of being a young queen, unearthing long hidden secrets and trying to make things right. All while questioning everything around her. Her fear causes her to doubt herself and it causes some angst and tension. Crystal makes some hard choices, and they don’t always pan out how they should. It gives her interesting moral dilemmas.
Jaik delivers a lot of snark and sass in this book. While it’s entertaining, I will say that Jaik wasn’t my favorite character in this book. By the end of the book, as he really came into his own and matured, I found myself liking him so much more, and I’m so glad about the way his arc came to a close. It’s fitting and so deserved. I love it when a character goes through change and they come out better for it. He’s ultimately such a sweetheart, but sometimes he lets his emotions rule him, and that’s when I’m not his biggest fan.
This book has a few twists and turns you don’t see coming, so heart wrenching moments and jaw dropping ones. It has epic feats of strength and sacrifice. We get to see these characters come into their own and strive to make the world(s) a better place. I’m sad that this trilogy is over, but I’m not upset with how it ended. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this series and got to read and enjoy it.
If you love science fiction and you love fantasy, then you’re going to want to pick this series up. It’s 100% totally worth it, and watching the relationship between Dylan, Crystal and Jaik grown, and change is the best part. Through it all, the bond they form crosses whole solar systems and it just leaves you feeling happy.
About Darby Cupid
Darby is a cheese and wine obsessed teacher, living in the desert with her husband, kids and dog. Rebel is the sequel to Crystal and the second book in the Starlatten Trilogy. Darby writes true YA, which means the reality of teenage life including a healthy dose of all the awkwardness and feelings.