Get Your Dictionaries Out Ladies & Gents - Unquiet Land by Sharon Shinn Review

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Unquiet Land Review

I adore the Elemental Blessings series, every single book has a special place in my heart. There's a colorful and well-developed cast of characters, and a beautifully built world, what more is there to ask for?

Synopsis & Details:

Leah Frothen has returned home. But she can scarcely catch her breath before she is summoned by regent Darien Serlast, the man who made her a spy. Leah is reluctant to take on a new assignment, but Darien has dangled the perfect lure to draw her in… Leah finds she enjoys the read more... challenges of opening a shop catering to foreign visitors, especially since it affords her the opportunity to get to know Mally, the child she abandoned five years ago.

But when the regent asks her to spy on ambassadors from a visiting nation, Leah soon learns that everyone—her regent, her lover, and even her daughter—have secrets that could save the nation, but might very well break her heart.

Title: Unquiet Land
Author: Sharon Shinn
Series: Elemental Blessings #4
Publication Date: November 1st 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 5 stars
Source: I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks Ace!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

Unquiet Land, like the previous books in this series, takes a side character and delves deeply into their life and mind.

In this case, we are following Leah, who finally returns to Welce, after many years in Malinqua. Once back home, she quickly gets twisted up in political intrigue, as she reunites with her family, and the daughter she left behind.

There was some awkwardness concerning the love interest, as I'd previously pictured him as in his late 60's-70's (definitely too old for Leah). However, I eventually corrected my image of him, and all awkwardness was resolved.

One thing about Sharon's writing I've noticed, is that, she uses so many interesting words.

Everytime I pick up a book of hers, I need Google or a dictionary nearby, cause I'm forever searching up words. Some might find this annoying, but I actually quite like it (learning some big/unusual words never hurt anyone).

As with Jeweled Fire, a new culture is introduced in Unquiet Land.

This time it was the Karkans, their traditions are quite interesting to say the least... I'll just leave it at that to prevent any spoilers.

Unquiet Land wasn't quite as good as Troubled Water or Jeweled Fire, as it was a bit slow, pacing wise, but it's still a great addition to the series.

If you're a fan of Sharon's or looking for some wonderfully developed fantasy, than the Elemental Blessings series is definitely one to look into to.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

If you had an elemental blessing which one do you think it'd be? Elay (Air/Soul), Hunti (Wood/Bone), Sweela (Fire/Mind), Coru (Water/Blood), or Torz (Earth/Flesh)?