When Sofia chose to leave Rafe to live with Ar’ch in another world, Rafe’s system shut down and sent him to an early death. But Rafe didn’t die, at least not permanently. Rafe is a Diasodz, and his death simply freed him from his human shell so that he could become the powerful Diasodz that he was meant to be.
He awakened to a completely new reality, a reality in which he was the prince to a kingdom of powerful beings. His parents, Drake and Damiana, were the rulers of the Raizyns, a group of Diasodz who were determined to take their rightful place in the world. And Rafe would be the savior who would lead them on their quest.
Rafe wanted to please his father, especially since he had just met him. To do that, he needed to learn how to fight like a Raizyn and how to master his newfound skill. He needed to become stronger, faster, and more powerful. Rafe needed to become the savior they all expected him to be. That was what was required of him.
But there was one thing that was more important than everything else. One person. Sofia. Rafe was going to find a way to get her back, even if it cost him his life. Again.
Having read the previous two books, this one should be a wonderful continuation of the story. Things are coming to a head, and I’m really looking forward to what happens next.
While the physical world building is not needed because this is the third book in the series, the new areas that come up are not neglected. Ms. Calleiro does another beautiful job in bringing them to life.
What proves to be the main focus, however, is the political aspects of the world. In this, things are a bit hazier – very probably because this installment is a repeat of events already put into play in the first two installments. However, it is through a different point of view, so we get to see the flip side of the political coin, which keeps it interesting.
The only niggling thing I ran into is the “white is good/ black is bad” trope. Even though the entire series is based on common story tropes and themes, this one really glares, which made me sign a touch in resentment – not enough to ruin the story, but enough to dim the enjoyment a notch.
Unlike the previous two books, we now have a mostly new cast of characters providing the framework. This definitely shifts a lot of the “this is bad” towards the “this is moral” (though not good) as we work through the events presented in The One Enlightened. Not only do we gain and thorough understanding of what motivates our new cast, we also get to see how, and why, they react the way they do.
With this being a YA series, I can understand the clear cut prophecies that are equal, but opposite. What makes this installment really shine is the fact that more of the genealogy comes into play – and there are enough twists and turns to make a mole dizzy!
The pacing for this installment is very slow. Nothing really lags, but it just feels sluggish to me. Because of this, many of the scenes that should pop and spark just don’t quite make it.
A nice 4 out of 5 paws from this pukah. The pacing, the blatant color trope, and the rehash of previous events are what knocked the paw off for me. There is enough forward progress in this installment to salvage back the overall enjoyment, but those three pieces really did make a dent in my overall enjoyment.
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