Life was a game. It was a really complicated games sometimes, but it was still a game. There were winners and losers. You could move ahead or fall back. You could come from behind and win when no one expected you to, and you didn’t always have to be the smartest or the best at the game to win. A lot of it was just luck.
Bishop’s Flight is Elizabeth Hunter’s fourth installment of the Elemental Covenant series and follows Carwin and Brigid’s work as supernatural investigators in a cat and mouse game with a sadistic fire vampire, Zasha Sokholov. As an ancient earth vampire, Carwyn’s age and power is the perfect balance to Brigid’s, as a young and volatile fire vampire. Their marriage as well as their work, rescuing mortals and immortals from traffickers, is helping Brigid deal with her traumatic past. But, Zasha’s obsession with her and the game he is willing to play with other’s as pawns, pushes her to fight back in ways she never imagined.
Carwyn and Brigid are two of Elizabeth’s fan favorite characters, well suited for their own series. In typical Elizabeth fashion, their attraction, connection, and compatibility is palpable and I never get enough of their banter. Even with highly unusual pasts their sense of rightness guides them to help others who can’t fight against a sadistic and prevalent evil. Each investigation, and the building ties to Zasha have been intriguing, and Bishop’s Flight is no different. Carwyn and Brigid’s investigation into the kidnapped mortal son of two immortals, with its twists and turns, will keep you hooked from beginning to end. I also really enjoyed the chess theme tying the actual events with a bigger picture of good versus evil. Elizabeth is such a master at writing at so many different levels. Bishop’s Flight is definitely a story that needs to be read in context and in order to fully understand and appreciate it, which is not a bad thing as all the other books are really good as well.
With the final book of this series, Tin God, coming out Summer of 2024, Bishop’s Flight is definitely a crescendo into that finale with an ending that unravels more plot lines than it ties up. While I get the purpose of it, as a reader I’m not a fan of cliffhangers, especially if the ending hangs on choices and actions that seem out of character for the MCs and/or relationships in the story. I know that is a very vague statement, but I really don’t want to drop any spoilers. However, this is why this is one of the few four stars ratings I have ever given an Elizabeth Hunter book. But, as an avid reader of EH, I continue to believe that she is a fabulous author who has never disappointed me in the past, so I’m trusting that the final book of the series will give me the understanding, satisfaction and closure I need on this story. I highly recommend this whole series and encourage you to dive into it before the final book drops next summer!
Tanya’s love for books has been a lifelong passion that she likes sharing with others. Reading is also the thing that relaxes her after a day of juggling the many responsibilities that come with being being wife to an amazing man, mother to four great kids spread around the world, business manager, and farm hand on their place in southwest Missouri; home to Akaushi cattle and a menagerie of pygmy goats, horses, chickens, dogs and cats.