Review – Smoke Gate by Kay L. Moody

**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.**

Title Smoke Gate (The Elements of Kamdaria 6)

Author Kay L. Moody

Release Date April 7, 2020

Description from Amazon

A mentor she never expected. A piece of herself she can’t leave behind. This journey will teach her more than she wants to know.

Talise knows little of what the future will hold. When a mysterious guardian insists on teaching her the history of her empire, everything will change. Matters become worse when the problems in her personal life escalate.

With a relentless enemy hot on her heels, failure is not an option. Can she prove her honor? Will it be in time?

Initial Thoughts

I was super excited to read this installment of The Elements of Kamdaria. It’s been so long since we’ve heard from Aedan and I saw on Instagram that “a certain character” was going to make an appearance” in this book.

Some Things I Liked

  • THAT 👏 AEDAN 👏 CHAPTER 👏 I loved it. I was so excited to see him back. It was short lived but it gave me hope that he’ll be back with my favorites soon enough.
  • Avatar the Last Airbender vibes. I loved the scenes with Talise and her mentor. They reminded me of the scenes when Aang went to the various Air Temples. I loved the hidden kernels of wisdom in everything Talise saw.
  • Talise’s journey. This segment of the story was primarily about Talise and her journey as a shaper and the potential savior her people need. I loved seeing how she went from still somewhat unsure of herself to deciding exactly what she needs to do.
  • Moral grey-ness. The scene with the fight with the Kessoku, in particular. I love morally grey situations and characters. Talise saw first hand how difficult war can be and how it can devastate families.

Series Value

I can’t wait to keep reading this series. I love that this series comes out in novella “episodes” that always leave me wanting more.

Final Thoughts

I loved this installment in Talise’s story. I can’t wait to keep reading and this story really got the gears turning in my head about what other characters I’d like to see more of in future installments.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Vine Gate by Kay L. Moody – I haven’t read the next installment of this series, but I definitely will once it’s available.
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – if you enjoyed the competition component, the class and economic issues, and the moral grey-ness in the conflicts, try this series by Suzanne Collins.

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