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Zodiac Academy 8: Sorrow and Starlight

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We also now know that a powerful enough Phoenix can create a new power (which is what I think maybe happened with the power she felt at the end?) - making her possibly the strongest Phoenix of all time and her tears potentially capable of previously impossible feats. Specifically it comes from the gift of the Phoenix’s song:

Maybe it’s because I love them and this is wishful thinking but I refuse to believe this is some Ned Stark level stuff. Jake and Bridget have done another amazing job narrating the latest release in the Zodiac Series te emotion they portray whilst narrating just add that much more to the experience, making it more emotional, thrilling and enjoyable. I used to love the Geraldine chapters - now I find them pretty cringe. I think it was too heavy on fluff and book filler. I felt sorry for the narrators.There were also multiple other gifts that had been added to it over the centuries and power that weren’t specifically cited.

Honestly you could skip 40 chapters of this book and still understand the story. Some great moments but it took commitment to get through. The ending was good- last 10 chapters. That was the saving grace for me - and yes I will start the next one. Darius has to be the one to kill Lionel. It’s peak anti-hero journey stuff and they’ve built it up with all signs pointing in that direction, probably in tandem with Tory as poetic justice and as the ultimate revenge for Lionel hurting or killing everyone close to him, including his own abuse. It’s that SURPRISE YA JERK IM NOT DEAD and now I’ve ripped your stupid dragon head right off your body kinda vibe. Kind of Hamlet-y / Oedipal without the weird mommy stuff.More scenes with out favourite Ruthless Boys were added, providing great hilarity from Leon that had me crying with laughter at his insane, random mind. Carson is obviously living his best life, Dante is perfect as per usual. So much of the funny scenes were down to Leon or Seth or both. Washer is also still managing to hang on and he has a new job within the army that just had me cringing. Bloody, lost, broken. We live to fight another day. But with so much stolen from us, can the fates ever twist in our favour again?

I think it’s also possible that the meteor that plummeted into the ground near the end of Heartless Sky could potentially be a new, even more powerful Imperial Star capable of even more, especially since that’s how the original one arrived in Solaria as cited below from Book 5: If you are also a fantasy romance series lover then this series is for you, if you already read the other book of this series then it’s the time to read the last one if not then you can read it one by one and then jump on this one. There’s also a mention of the Imperial Star being able to perform necromancy as a gift, in that it allows the wearer to talk to the dead. Usually though in popular lore necromancy means RAISING the dead.

Our sorrow is spun like a web, trapping us tight, and I fear our enemies will soon come to feast upon our souls. There is a lot of filler bits but it just goes to show that the authors have really listened to us when they asked for bonus povs from previous books and have tried to give us everything tiny little insignificant detail as they could. I really enjoy the filler bits especially because a lot of time what seems like filler, one thing a character does or says in those scenes ends up being a crucial clue to something else further down the line. My heart aches for Tory and the Heirs after the ending of the last book she is not in a great place at all, taking more and more risks without Darcy there to stop her. The Twins go their separate ways forced to follow their own paths and be more independent which will just make them stronger as a whole in the end.

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