Empirium #3 | 592 Pages | 2020
Lightbringer at a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★★★
- Heroine: Someone let her nap!
- Love Interest: *throws hands in the air*
- Steaminess: Nope. Nope.
- Brutality: CW on abuse
Pairs Well With
Coffee and ANSWERS
My heart is a little broken knowing that this story is actually over. I fell in love with Furyborn and haven’t stopped gasping and theorizing for two and a half years. The time-jumps and do-overs and aliases all add to the intrigue of the plot, but it’s truly the well-formed characters who won my heart.
This book picks up immediately after Kingsbane, so for those of you wondering. You get to deal with the aftermath of the docks. Eliana is confused and betrayed, desperately trying to find her brother. Eventually, they reach the capital and she is delivered to the Emperor. Corien gets in her head trying to find a way to go back in time and get to Rielle. I feel like this bit needs a content warning because the emotional trauma is terrifying. Eliana goes through some shit. We thought she had it rough before, but WE DID NOT KNOW. I was exhausted just hearing from her and it broke my heart.
And our boy Remy! Eliana and Remy’s relationship was one of my favorite parts of this series. Sibling relationships get me every time, but these two are so deep in my heart. Remy gets trained to be a member of Invictus as Corien’s leverage against Eliana.
Back in time, Rielle is fleeing the kingdom after her confrontation with Audric. She meets up with Corien and continues her downward spiral. I just don’t like her. In Furyborn I tolerated her. In Kingsbane I thought she was just a horrible narcissist. Now she just needs to go. I feel no sympathy.
Audric however? I’m so in love with Audric. His progress and setbacks were so realistic for the situation. Did I want to scream at him to get out of bed? Absolutely. Do I still love him all the same? Absolutely. Under the circumstances, a bit of wallowing seems natural. Many times our heroes just pick themselves up instantly and very few people are truly like that. I loved his arc and he may be my favorite character out of the entire series.
After the shocking twist at the end of Kingsbane, I was throwing my hands in the air and screaming “I know nothing!” And I was right. I knew nothing. All of my theories were halfway played out. Who is the prophet? What happened to Simon after he left the tower?
Well, I got all of my answers. I can’t think of any outstanding questions or plotholes.
The ending was borderline perfect. How do you bring the timelines together and stop the Emperor without losing someone? Who do you sacrifice or what do you sacrifice? I can’t imagine how else this story could end. Was it a little heartbreaking? Yes. But, I feel like we get the closure that we needed.
Have you read Lightbringer? Let me know what you thought in the comments!