“A Matter of Forever”
By: Heather Lyons
It all comes down to this . . .
Chloe Lilywhite has struggled for years to find her footing in a series of dangerous and demanding worlds. Creator, first tier Council member, and one of the most powerful Magicals in existence, she was little more than one of Fate’s pawns. But now, Chloe is back home and ready to call the shots. She knows what she wants and who she wants to be.Except the Elders never got the memo.
Annar and Magical-kind are under attack. The lives of Chloe’s loved ones, and life as they know it, are at stake. Chloe’s the key to taking the Elders down, but they won’t go quietly into the night.
This time, neither will Chloe.
I’m going to do this review a little different because every time I try to put this into my usual format everything gets all jumbled. Also, there is a Rafflecopter giveaways at the bottom of this post. So here we go…
Summary: We begin in the paralyzed body of our heroine Chloe Lilywhite as she is lying in a hospital room in a coma. As she takes inventory of herself and everyone around her, we trace back through her memories of how she came to be in her current state. We understand she was meeting Jonah Whitcomb, who is currently in the room, at a restaurant and when she left to go to the restroom she was attacked by a strong magical person she identifies as a Creator. Jonah finds her and rushes to the hospital where the Healers (another magical type of person) have done all they can to repair any damage from the attack, but now they are waiting for her to wake up.
It is during this time we also understand that she herself is a Creator (destroys or creates objects out of nothing), but had abandoned the magical world and her new role on the Annar council to escape its pressures. Through her recollections and the conversations around her we are introduced to Kellan Whitcomb, twin brother of Jonah. It is immediately evident Chloe has strong romantic feelings for both Jonah and Kellen and they for her, but Jonah is the only one of the twins that is openly affectionate with her.
We continue to be introduced to Annar and find the magical city is hidden from the non-magical world and is resident for a variety people identified for their born abilities to influence their world in some way. Some are Healers, Emotionals, Elementals, Creators (which are rare), and there are many others.
It takes five days for Chloe to reawaken and when she does we discover Jonah and Kellan can talk to each other telepathically and are Emotional’s or have supernatural capabilities to control, influence, and read other people’s feelings. However, they no longer can read and influence Chloe. As they try to piece together the last memories of Chloe’s attack, we continue to be drawn into the complex relationship that has become Chloe, Jonah and Kellen.
My Review: When I volunteered to review the advanced reader copy (ARC) of A Matter of Forever I went in knowing I hadn’t read any of the previous books in the series. I know, I know…in my defense, the book description was too interesting to pass by and I thought, “I can catch on quickly.” And trust me – I HATE being lost, but in all honesty, I was right! I caught up quickly and whatever didn’t make sense right then, made sense by the end of the next chapter.
My immediate reaction to the first few chapters was a little mixed. We have this crazy love triangle between Kellen, Chloe and Jonah, we have this attack on Chloe for no other reason than she is the only Creator to come along in years and finally we have on going attacks and murders of innocent people just outside the limits of Annar. Which storyline will take the lead?
As the story progressed, the more my attention was split between the imminent battle between the Elder’s and the Annar Counsel, the relationship between Chloe and Jonah, or the relationship between Kellen, Chloe, and Jonah. What I expected to be a fast paced action packed fantasy filled novel, was the surprising smartly written story about the complex feelings of love and friendship in the face of adversity. Perhaps I would have felt differently had I read the entire series, but the final book in this series had more heart invested in it than anything else.
I am extremely glad I took a chance and placed myself into what could have been a painful situation. Heather Lyons does an amazing job describing the mature love between Chloe, Jonah, and Kellen and illustrating the friendship and family bond between Jonah and Kellen. I enjoyed A Matter of Forever tremendously and recommend it to anyone looking for a fantasy romance.
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.
A MATTER OF FOREVER
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