Running with the Wind (Mermen of Ea #3) by Shira Anthony ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

RunningWithTheWindAUDLGTitle: Running with the Wind (Mermen of Ea #3)

Author: Shira Anthony

Narrator: Michael Stellman

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 01/26/2016

Length: 07 hours 36 minutes

Genre: Fantasy, Gay Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Paranormal

Summary:

Sequel to Into the Wind
Mermen of Ea Trilogy: Book Three

With the final confrontation between the island and mainland Ea factions looming, Taren and Ian sail with Odhrán to investigate a lost colony of merfolk in the Eastern Lands. Upon their arrival, the King of Astenya welcomes them as friends. Odhrán, however, isn’t so quick to trust the descendent of the man who held him prisoner for nearly a decade, especially now that he has someone to cherish and protect—the mysterious winged boy he rescued from the depths.

Armed with the knowledge he believes will save the Ea, Taren returns to the mainland. With Ian at his side, Taren convinces Vurin that their people must unite with their island brethren before it’s too late. When Seria and his men attack, Taren must call upon the ancient power of the rune stone to protect his comrades. But using the stone’s immeasurable power commands a hefty price—and Ian fears that price is Taren’s life.

Story Review:

Book three picked up where the cliffhanger of book 2 left us. Right away I was pulled back into the story with a need to know more about Sebastian and more about Odhron. The thread of tension as the war unfolded and Ian and Taren moved forward towards their destinies was amazing and kept me glued to my seat.

This world continued to be so rich and full of wonderful imagery. The concepts were stunning and I loved going along for the ride. I loved imagining the land and the colonies under the water. I loved visualizing Taren’s transformations and Sebastian’s shifts.

The action was so intense and I am so glad things ended up how they did. I was on pins and needles the entire book because I never knew how things would turn out. I needed things to work out for the best, but there was always a part of me that thought maybe the worst would happen. The author strung me along until the very end before she revealed the path forward. It was a wonderful read.

But mostly I loved the love here. This story took Taren and Ian full circle even through the uncertainty, the fighting, and the goddesses intervention. Their story has grown from one of introductions to one of true soulmates making a future together. I have enjoyed their journey from start to finish.

I am so excited that Taren and Ian’s story was not the only one in this book. It seems to me that while their journey is over, another is just beginning and I HOPE HOPE HOPE that means there will be more books set in this world because I would LOVE to learn more about other beings! So maybe this trilogy is over, but could there possibly be another to come? If not, don’t tell me. Just let me keep hoping.

Narration Review:

Michael Stellman continued to do a good job on this trilogy. HIs inflections were good and the characters were clear even if his voice was the same for the entire narration.

Links

Running with the Wind (Mermen of Ea #3) on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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