“Havenfall might be dangerous, but I am equal to it. I am part of it. I belong here. more than anywhere else.” -Havenfall
Phoenix Flame by Sara Holland is the conclusion to the Havenfall duology that follows Maddie Morrow, the Innkeeper heir, on her journey to finding the truth about her past, and the tensions between the realms at Havenfall.
Phoenix Flame picks up just days after where Havenfall ended for readers. Maddie, her uncle, and the rest of the staff at Havenfall have begun to pick up the pieces of the shattered trust caused by the events at the end of the first book. The Silver Prince fled back to the Oasis, and sealed off the door to his realm in order to prevent any retaliation for the chaos he caused while in Havenfall.
One of the fundamental changes in adolescent growth is when the teen stops seeing their parents as just parents, and starts to see them as actual people. That particular turning point of Phoenix Flame happens when Maddie realizes that her mother’s past holds the key to stop the soul trading that has plagued the realms. It becomes clear to Maddie, as well as Marcus, that Fiordenkill is the place where she must go. Once there, Maddie runs into the last person she thought would be there, along with one big complication. Once again Maddie is meant to make some hard choices, and yet, those around her have to pay the price.
By the end of Phoenix Flame, Maddie had reached a point in her character development that still seemed unresolved. I know that Phoenix Flame is meant to be the end of this duology, but there is still so much that feels unfinished. Even though I’m conflicted about the ending, as well as the quickness in the resolution of the book, I did enjoy the overall story. The world building is gorgeous, as well as the attention to detail. This duology is fun, and can be enjoyed by readers of any age. Congrats to Sara Holland on a gorgeous new release!