Monday, August 28, 2017

BOOK REVIEW for "The Changed (Hunter Circles, #3)" by Jessica Gunn

****(4) out of 5 stars!


I’m Krystin Blackwood, and for the past three months I’ve been locked in Ether Circle Prison.

Luckily for me, the Leader of the Fire Circle knows I’d never willingly kill all the people I did when confronted with Kinder’s magik at Cianza Boston. Although it’s certainly taking him long enough to rescue me.

But even when I finally escape, it’s only to find that someone’s going around killing Hunters using Giyano’s M.O.: tongues torn out, magik shorn from their bodies. And with Giyano as MIA as his loyalties, there’s just one other suspect: me.

If I don’t prove my innocence and defeat the person responsible, I might be headed right back to prison, unable to help the Fire Circle win their war against Lady Azar… and barred from completing the Alzan prophecy when Lady Azar succeeds in my absence.


I really hated both the beginning and ending of this book, but everything in between sure kept me reading along at a crazy pace!

This tale starts off three months after the end of "The Traitor," but finds Krystin still in Ether Circle Prison being tortured.  I hate the fact that her team just leaves her in there for so long, even though they (supposedly) were not able to do anything to free her before then.  Basically, she's given the short end of the deal, and I'm surprised that she is even willing to help anyone do anything after that. 

There are some new characters introduced, mostly just the kind that you love to hate though, rather than any sympathetic ones.  Some meet with an untimely end, which may seem harsh to some, but really isn't anything more than they deserve.  

Unfortunately, Krystin basically gets used by one person or group after another in this volume, and doesn't ever manage to come out ahead.  No one seems to be on her side or believe her version of things, which only serves to push her farther away from those who could help her and toward those who would use her for their own evil purposes.  That nothing in their world seems to be as it first appears, only adds fuel to the fire of her own mistrust of others.  

The ending of the book is even more depressing than the last one, and I didn't think that was going to be possible.  I just hope that future volumes in the series will provide Krystin some measure of relief, resolution and absolution.

I received a free eBook copy of this novel from the author, 
and have willingly provided an honest review.  

Book #4 in The Hunter Circles series, The Hero, releases Monday, August 28th, 2017!
Read my review of prior volumes in the series:
"The Hunter (The Hunter Circles, #0.5)"
"The Hunted (The Hunter Circles, #1)"
and "The Traitor (The Hunter Circles, #2)"
here on the So Few Books blog!

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