REVIEW by Lorna: ​Jhanmar-World Travellers (Arash #4) by Elke Schuster (Mollykatie112)

81dGlnDU8+L._SL1500_Lost shadows, forgotten memories, inexplicable happenings – what’s wrong with Livia’s perfect new life? Is it being manipulated or is it just an illusion?

Yearning for the truth, she struggles against the man who claims to love her and his dominance over her life. Will Livia manage to escape and re-enter a world threatened by dark forces? And what on earth is translocation, a dangerous, mad and forbidden concept that the whole Arash world is whispering about?

Livia’s Arash family crumbles, disrupted by mistrust and hatred, her human sister Sophie is dying. Will Livia find a way back to her friends and be able to save her one true love, Cassius, or will Eamon’s world claim her forever?

 

This is the last installment of this totally original science fiction series that has kept me fascinated from the first page of book 1. So of course when the author let me know it was on Net Galley, it was a no brainer that I was going to read it. I received this book in exchange for a honest and fair review.

Livia has been through so much since her first meeting with Natalie. From finding out what Natalie is, and what all her friends are, to falling in love with Cassius, to losing Cassius to an evil woman that put a sort of love spell on him, well the list goes on and on. Somewhere in there she became the same as her new friends, Arash. Arash are a people that start as human, but are made immortal by the stars. They live in families, and are only visible to humans if they want to be visible. Livia’s family is composed of Natalie, her best friend, Will, another close friend, Rupert, now dating her human sister, Sophia, Randolph, the head of the family and her biological father, and of course Cassius. The story mainly takes place in England, although since the Arash can transport themselves instantaneously, some of it takes place in other countries as well.

This time around, Livia is living with Eamon, but is still pining for Cassius. Since he is still living with Rose, she has to face that their relationship is over. Or does she? As the title suggests, world traveling doesn’t necessarily pertain to traveling from one country to another. Slowly, Livia realizes that something is very wrong in the world she is living in. And also that Eamon just might be evil.

The actual story is very intricately plotted, and unless I want to tell spoilers all over the place, I am going to leave it at that. So much happens as it does in all of these books. There’s suspense, romance, really evil villains, and great characters. Some things to consider are, will Livia ever get back her love, Cassius? Will she escape the hold Eamon has over her? Will Sophia ever become Arash, or die of her illness? Will the villains get their due? I enjoyed finding out the answers to all these questions and more.

As usual with this series, it’s well written, and I have enjoyed the whole series immensely. And honestly four total books in a series is so much more doable then some of those that are 12 or 13 books in, and still going strong. I found it to be the perfect amount of books to show all of the adventures of Livia, first as a young, very shy, almost socially awkward woman, to a more confident woman with a family that actually loves and wants her, something she never really had. The fact that she is now otherworldly, immortal, and with powers that even her fellow Arash don’t have, is just the cherry on top for her.

I recommend this to all paranormal romance/science fiction fans that like a very intricate, and at times suspenseful story line. No sexual scenes are depicted, but assumed as happening. Ages 15 plus is probably appropriate.

On a side note, this is not a stand alone book, and they should be read in order.

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The review copy of this title was supplied by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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