Author: Valentina Heart
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 95 Pages
At a Glance: The long-awaited ending to a series that should satisfy fans of Merin and Rin.
Reviewed By: Sadonna
Blurb: They are at war, fearing for each other, both carrying the upbringing of their children and the survival of their country. They are kings.
With the future of the throne secured, Rin and Merin still have little time to rejoice for their children or the unity of their kingdoms. Stuck in the middle of a battlefield, their lives prove to be once again at risk, Rin heads out on a long journey home with his heirs, leaving Merin to lead their army.
Rin receives his rightful title of a king from the Kari council and for once feels as if he belongs on the throne without Merin there to guide him. Missing his husband, he raises their children the best he can, but there’s no end to the war in sight and, after months of futile conflicts, Rin sees Merin cut down in battle.
Distraught and with no patience for his council, Rin threatens the Riki, making even his own men fear him.
Can Rin cope alone and still win the war, or will his sorrow mark the end of his reign?
Review: Note: This is the final book in the Mending the Rift series. It is definitely recommended that they be read in order.
Finally! I remember when I read the first book in this series – I was having a 7 hour test at Northwestern Hospital to determine if I would have to have surgery, and between the times I was strapped to a machine I had time to kill, so I started this series. I had totally missed the part where it was the first in a series, and was so mad at the ending! But then book two came along, and I was somewhat mollified. Then the long wait – but not the author’s fault. This series was left in limbo, thanks to the original publisher going under and leaving a huge mess in its wake. Luckily, Pride Publishing came to the rescue, and we finally have an ending to this saga.
Two Hearts One Voice takes place immediately after the end of Owner of My Heart, the second book in the trilogy. Rin has finally given birth to the new heirs, and they all seem to be thriving. While the birth takes a toll on Rin, he is recovering nicely and has help to care for the children. Rin has needed to stay close to Merin during the pregnancy and birth to recover his health and strength, but now there are too many dangers as they remain in the battlefield, and it’s time for Rin to take the children back home.
Once Rin and the children arrive home, Rin assumes his rightful place on the throne and truly serves as an admirable ruler. His daily communications with Merin, raising the children and dealing with the running of the kingdom at home, seem to agree with him, and he is more confident than ever. The children are adorable and a handful, but he does have competent help.
While Merin continues to lead his men in battle, things are never stable at the front, and when Rin sees Merin wounded during their daily communication, he cannot get through and has no idea if Merin is dead or alive. This drives Rin into action, and he vows to either broker a peace or engage in a scorched earth policy. He demands a meeting with the Riki king, and won’t take no for an answer. His power and his magic seem to surge with his fury over Merin’s attack, and he simply refuses to accept defeat. However, he’s unprepared for the price of the potential peace, and he’s not sure he can make the required sacrifice for his husband, his family, or his kingdom. I don’t want to spoil the story, so I will leave the synopsis here, because it’s an interesting dilemma that is best not revealed too soon.
I really liked seeing more of Rin on his own, with his children, and running the kingdom at home. He’s been through so much, and with the love and confidence gained through his true marriage to Merin, he finally is comfortable with the mantle of power that he has rightfully earned. Merin is, as usual, pragmatic and thoughtful and still deeply in love and full of admiration for the strength and beauty of Rin. He dotes on his children and never forgets his duty to his kingdom. He is in awe of the steely determination he sees in Rin. They are a perfect combination and deserve every happiness together.
I’m a little sad that the series is over because I’d really love to see what happens with the next generation. Maybe we’ll get a new series starring those characters sometime in the future.
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