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Some things are broken beyond mending Grievously wounded in battle Isidro's life hangs in the balance but the only person who can help him is the man he can never trust Sierra is desperate to rebuild shattere. North Star Guide Me Home by Jo Spurrier is the final instalment in the Children of the Black Sun trilogy I have also reviewed the first two books Winter Be My Shield and Black Sun Light My Way both of which I loved especially the first book This review contains spoilers for those earlier books but any spoilers for this one are under a spoiler tagMy favourite storyline in this book was Isidro s The story starts with him pretty out of it after the events of book two He s lost a lot of blood and his crushed arm is not getting better Saving his life results in the loss of the troubling arm which has been an ongoing problem for him since the first book and also the loss of a lot of blood What I really liked in this book is that instead of falling into the much overused trope of the characters suddenly inventing blood transfusions think about how often that happens also tracheotomies get invented a lot Spurrier takes the sensible path of having Rasten be familiar with with the side effects of extreme blood loss and letting the characters deal with it from there The side effects included fatigue and crucially Isidro s wits being addled That isn t a spoiler it happens very early on Watching him deal with this once he regains consciousness was fascinating scary and sad especially when he s sufficiently self aware to realise that there s something wrong with him Obviously it was hard for him but it was also hard for the people around him to deal with Delphine s reaction in particular was heartbreaking and interestingly at odds with what Isidro was feeling as he got betterOn a slightly different Isidro note after spending two books putting up with a dysfunctional arm that caused him a lot of pain he now has to adjust to a missing arm On the one hand once it heals it doesn t hurt but on the other things like picking up a baby become a bigger deal than for two armed peopleIsidro Sierra and Rasten all have emotional wounds as well as physical ones or so than physical ones a lot of the time that have to heal before they can move on with their lives Isidro has difficulty sliding back into family life once he s physically strong enough As well as overcoming the physical ordeals he s been through he also found himself with tainted power because of a blood magic ritual Kell forced him to be part of Because blood magic is inherently pretty evil Isidro has to grapple with the feeling of having been made into something evil from his point of view and it s an interesting struggle It s not hard to see the parallels with real world stigma Sierra s emotional journey by contrast is about learning that it s OK to be safe in one place and that she is loved and wanted not just needed And forgiven when she didn t necessarily expect to beRasten of course is the most broken character He spent a decade as Kell s servant suffering abuse and doling it out on command Sierra is the first person since his family was murdered when he was ten to care about him and he has difficulty coming to terms with that idea His coping strategies mean that he isn t present for the whole story but they are entirely plausible I know a lot of people who have been reading this series have enjoyed Rasten s character development most and I don t think those people will be disappointed I wasn t although I still liked Isidro s story The last thing I want to say about Rasten is a spoiler for the very end and it is under a spoiler tag Hover or highlight to readview spoilerWhat I liked best about Rasten s story is the way Spurrier subverted the Noble Sacrifice trope It s so often easy to kill off the redeemed bad guy to avoid dealing with the ongoing fallout of their earlier actions But it gets old And I m not sure that it s a healthy trope Rasten wanted to die so much but him living was a interesting outcome not only for him but also for Cam Mira and the others who have to deal with his presence Isidro and Sierra moved on from hating him relatively early having some idea of what he d gone through to become who he was But for the others and for Rasten himself it s a much longer journey to acceptance hide spoiler

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North Star Guide Me Home

D bonds with her old friends but with Isidro incontrovertibly changed and her own wounds still fresh things can never be as they once were Burdened by all he's done at Kell's command Rasten knows he cannot at. Final book in a trilogy I uite enjoyed this series While the first half of the book had a bit of a compressed feel the last hundred and fifty pages were awesome The kind of climax I like with lots of characters in jeopardy and twists and turns The characters are also nicely complex affected by the trauma of the previous books yet still striving for salvation

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One for the horrors of his past But when their enemies in Akhara follow Cam's small clan back to Ricalan carrying a thirst for vengeance the skills Rasten swore he'd renounce may be their only hope for victor. I would say the author discovered polygamy between writing books 2 and 3 and went all in like a teenage girl discovering her first subculture but she threw in a few throwaway sentences about it in the earlier books Still it seems like Spurrier decided she had no idea how to solve the love tetrahedrons she created and just said FUCK IT EVERYONE S NON MONOGAMOUS EVEN THE ONE FROM A HEAVILY MONOGAMOUS CULTURESierra and Rasten mentioned growing up with multiple adults but it was framed as a survival mechanism and not a matter of love Isidro Cam and Mira were all children of leaders who lived in populated areas and had resources And don t even get me started on Delphine Great choices she has if she wants her daughter to know her father she either has to agree to polygamy or watch the man she loves build a family with another woman Spurrier did her dirty no one in the cast gave a shit about her predicament But don t worry these are the good guys so Cam will respect her decision not to sleep with him


10 thoughts on “North Star Guide Me Home

  1. says:

    Wow I finally finished the series I thinkI mean with that ending are we getting a spin off? Coz I could totally go a spin offThis series is really tricky to rate I loved it and enjoyed every moment of reading it but I don't really know what happened?WARNING The following review contains spoilers for the previous two books in the seriesHere's what I liked The characters The magic The way it cut out all the boring trekking etc Un

  2. says:

    North Star Guide Me Home by Jo Spurrier is the final instalment in the Children of the Black Sun trilogy I have also reviewed the first two books Winter Be My Shield and Black Sun Light My Way both of which I loved especially the first book This review contains spoilers for those earlier books but any spoilers for this one are under a spoiler tagMy favourite storyline in this book was Isidro's The story starts with him pretty out of it a

  3. says:

    I held the first two books in this series in high regard I have to admit the final book fell markedly from the standard of its predecessors and I was pretty dissatisfied with it after being so invested in the story and charactersBetween fight scenes the plot dragged through inner monologues that reprocess the characters' same woes ad nauseum and repetitive arguments between characters that never progress toward any resolution view spoiler

  4. says:

    I really liked the first two books but sadly I just did not feel the connection with this book and the ending just bloody bothered me Maybe I

  5. says:

    This book ha

  6. says:

    Final book in a trilogy I uite enjoyed this series While the first half of the book had a bit of a compressed fe

  7. says:

    I would say the author discovered polygamy between writing books 2 and 3 and went all in like a teenage girl discovering her first subculture but she threw in a few throwaway sentences about it in the earlier books Still it seems like Spurrier decided she had no idea how to solve the love tetrahedrons she creat

  8. says:

    This isn't a coherent review just me jotting down my major impressions of the series basically venting my thoughts because

  9. says:

    This review is informed by having finished all the series but I'll just repeat the review in each oneOverall I'm glad to have read to the end of the third book I thought the story was worthwhile and well done the character development

  10. says:

    I enjoyed this book It concludes what was a very readable trilogy and I am disappointed that there doesn't seem