This is the third and final book in the Roxanne Fosch Files series, so just a heads up that this review may contain mild spoilers for those previous books. But really, this is an excellent urban fantasy, new adult supernatural and paranormal series so you should definitely check out the first two books. “Heir of Fury” picks up about three years where the last book left off, though only about three weeks have passed back in the “real world”. In that time, Roxanne has become Remo’s most valuable asset, and as his familiar, Roxanne is powerless to go against his orders, bringing him person after person to become a vessel for his evil schemes toward world domination and destruction of the Seelie lands. Roxanne has to figure out what Remo’s plans to achieve his goals are, and how to thwart them, without telling anyone because the second Remo even suspects that she is going against him, he’ll force her to turn against her friends and the few people she holds dear. Roxanne has always been a tragic hero, and this final book really punishes poor Roxanne, a unique shifter even amongst her people, all the way to the bitter sweet end.
This is one of those series that doesn’t do a ton in the recap department when it comes to characters, and this series has a LOT of characters that come and go, some in the first book only to show up again in the third, and while the start of the book does list out who the characters are, it didn’t really help me associate who was who and why they were important. The few main players don’t have that problem, though. All this to say, this series is probably best enjoyed if you read them close together while everything is freshest, which is honestly fine because this whole series is action packed and easily bingeable! Especially if you love shifters, supernatural beings, and some classic fae creatures popping up. This final book does start a bit slow, but honestly as soon as Roxanne and Zantry head to the Seelie lands, I had a hard time putting the book down. I loved seeing the evolution of Zantry and Roxanne’s relationship, I enjoyed having Diggy and Vicky back, and seeing how Roxanne and Mwara grew from where they left things in the second book. But, as always, Roxanne’s status as being an outsider is her biggest hindrance in solving the problems before her.
The different clans of preternaturals still refuse to flat out tell Roxanne how the clan politics work, same with the Seelie court, and then they all still get pissed when her ignorance has Roxanne choosing the wrong thing to do. While I always appreciate a hero that makes mistakes and learns from them, these aren’t Roxanne’s mistakes, and it still bugged me that even those who like Roxanne don’t share with her vital information for some really silly reasons at times. But this is a very personal preference of mine, as I am generally not a fan of the miscommunication tropes being a driving factor of tension. But that aside, I did love how this final book keeps the tension high of if Roxanne will survive the final summons of Remo, and if she can, how will she pull it off? How was she going to save everyone, but most of all the dreamy Zantry? There were some great twists, and some really gut punch deaths that I am still not ok with, but at the same time, created a bitter sweet layer that felt just absolutely right for the end of this series. But if you’re worried about this death, I will say that the epilogue was a treat to read, so hopefully that gives you some comfort while not spoiling anything!
All in all, this is a dark—in the best way—conclusion to an action packed, New Adult, urban fantasy series with plenty of twists, a great presentation of fated love, and all while watching someone battle their way toward the happiness they so deserve. Even with certain sections feeling a bit slow with info dumps, or getting confused because I couldn’t remember the characters (which is why it’s getting 4 stars), I really enjoyed this book, this series, and the incredible creativity and world building prowess the author show cases throughout this series. I definitely recommend it, and thank you to the author for sending me a copy for an honest review!
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