Trial of Three
Series: Power of Five #3
Also in this series: Power of Five, Mistake of Magic, Lera of Lunos
Publisher: Danger Bearing Press
Release date: September 26th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Reverse Harem, Romance
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Four cords of power. Three trials. Two soul-crushing secrets.
For Lera, training has never been so hard. With the males’ power roaring in her veins and River’s cold demand that she master the magic before the third trial, something has to give. Worse still, River is keeping something from her. Something about his past and Lunos’s future.
For River and Coal, the past must stay buried. Though one male’s nightmare sits on a throne and the other’s hides in his soul, they are equally unprepared for Lera’s startling determination to undress the truth.
But when Mors’s Emperor Jawrar makes a play for Lunos, neither Lera’s fledgling magic nor the males’ old wounds can remain untouched—not if their world is to survive.
TRIAL OF THREE is a full-length reverse-harem fantasy novel, third in the Amazon bestselling, KU-All Star POWER OF FIVE series.
The Faerie Queen’s review
Let’s first talk about the plot, and then I’ll get to the boys, yeah? Well, this might be the most exciting of the series so far. I loved the first, and then the second was a little less thrilling, but things ramp up this time round. It’s been discovered that Lera is more powerful than anyone gave her credit for, but she has no control over that power, something crucial for her to survive the trials. But it’s no longer just the trials that she has to worry about, as danger from the outside – particularly Mors – is catching up on the new quint. And while there are hints of malice from the Lunos fae, I honestly didn’t quite expect the surprise that came towards the end. While things aren’t resolved, what was lacking in the second book for me showed up big time in this book.
Now onto the yummy guys! In book 2, Mistake of Magic, we got some Lera-Shade action, resulting in a mating bond between Shade’s wolf and Lera. But as much as the wolf doesn’t want to share, there are three other guys in Lera’s new life who also want a piece of the action, even though they don’t want to admit it.
Well, guys, we finally get some Lera-Coal loving!!! I was a little nervous about how this would be done given his literal tortured past. And yeah, it was pretty dark. But I like how Alex handled it, emphasising Lera’s strength and how she came to Coal as an equal and not a fragile mortal. That power imbalance is something I was worried about, especially as the whole dominating lead up made me even more nervous.
Funnily enough, it wasn’t Coal I had to worry about in the end. Things get a bit more…awkward…for Lera and River. They have a scene that was so damn cringey and sad when it shouldn’t have been. River tried to make up for it, but it wasn’t enough for me. I hope they can have more positive one-on-one encounters in the next book, but River needs to trust others more for that to happen. Again, you’d think Coal would have the hardest time with trusting people, but nope. It’s River.
Sadly, Tye was left out of a lot of the fun, but we got to learn a lot more about him beyond his playboy ways, and maybe we’ll learn even more in book 4? That being said, he was a much-needed balm for some of the harsher scenes, a warm and comforting presence when Lera needed it. I’m busy freezing in the autumn chill that’s hit London, and boy do I wish I had Tye to cover me in his carefully controlled heat!
Oh readers, I do love this series. I’ve discovered a couple of secret reverse harem fans in real life, and this has been the first series I recommend to them. It’s got magic and tension and wonderfully complicated but delicious fae men, and I’m so in love.