RYAR Review: TRANSCENDENT by Lesley Livingston

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TRANSCENDENT by Lesley Livingston
Series: Starling #3
Published by HarperTeen on December 23, 2014
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy
Provided by: NetGalley, Publisher
Rating: 5 stars


This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.



On a storm-swept terrace high above the streets of Manhattan, Mason Starling holds the fate of the world in her hands as her beloved Fennrys lies bleeding at her feet, his life hanging in the balance. The ancient Norse prophecy of Ragnarok stands poised on the knife edge of fulfillment. Mason’s transformation into a Valkyrie—a chooser of the slain and the one who will ultimately bring about the end of the world—is complete. Still, she remains determined to thwart her father’s apocalyptic desires. Whatever is to come, it won’t happen because of what the prophecy foretold, or what Gunnar Starling has planned, or what the fates have already decided. What happens next will be up to Mason and the Fennrys Wolf. The world had better hope they haven’t reached the limits of what their souls and swords can survive.

Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, and set in the same universe as Lesley Livingston’s much-loved WONDROUS STRANGE trilogy, with roots in Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic myths and legends, this thrilling conclusion to the acclaimed Starling trilogy is filled to the hilt with sweeping adventure and soaring romance.


TRANSCENDENT is the electrifying, edge-of-your-seat exciting and action-packed end to a series that delivered awesome battles, mythology, characters and writing. The pace was nonstop. The shocks and surprises kept coming. And the tension continued to build until its explosive conclusion.

With a fierce heroine who became even more intense in this third and final book in the trilogy, a swoon-worthy hero who never stopped fighting for what and who he wanted, a number of enemies whose motives and aims may have been at odds but were each one of them deadly, and a host of interesting and engaging supporting characters whose outcomes readers are sure to be invested in, this story brings more than just a riveting plot. And with the promise of heartbreak, danger and a seemingly unavoidable fate, as well as the hope for a happy ending, this book will be unputdownable.

Lesley Livingston knows just how to create stories that will keep readers hooked and develop characters they’ll love. She will make readers smile, laugh out loud, bite their nails, hold their breath, sigh, and keep those pages rapidly turning with TRANSCENDENT. It is suspenseful from the very first page to the very last. And while it is certain to be an exhilarating read, it makes no guarantee there won’t be moments that are absolutely heartrending.

The story picks up immediately where things left off following that killer cliffhanger ending. It yanks readers right back into the story, amidst the chaos and devastation before adding even more. New abilities will be revealed, new characters will be introduced, new obstacles will be placed in Mason Starling’s way.

The fight may end early for some, but the looming question as to whether destiny will be fulfilled or thwarted won’t be answered until the very end. Most other questions will be answered, about Mason, Roth, Rory, Fenn, Rafe, Heather and Cal, but the door may have been left open just a crack in regard to a few others.

Fans of the series will be more than satisfied with this story’s conclusion and its epilogue. TRANSCENDENT takes readers on a wild and amazing ride. It brings them deeper into the Norse mythology on which this series is based. It gives them one last look at the very loyal and immeasurably charming Fennrys Wolf. It transforms a girl into a heroine who has the ability to save the world.

There will be carnage. There will be loss. There will be a touch of romance. And altogether it will be awesome.

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