A Flame Through Eternity by Anna Belfrage
Publication Date: December 2, 2019
Series: The Wanderer, Book Three
Genre: Historical Fiction
It started 3,000 years ago. It ends now. Who survives the final confrontation?
According to Helle Madsen, being the protagonist of a time-spanning epic love story has some things going for it, primarily Jason Morris. Because seriously, meeting up with your fated lover after 3 000 years apart is not bad—at all. Unfortunately, where Jason goes, there goes Sam Woolf, yet another very, very ancient acquaintance—with the fundamental difference that Sam is not into Happily Ever After. He’s into destruction, more specifically of Jason and Helle.
Helle may believe in second-chance love, but she sure doesn’t believe in reincarnation. Okay, she didn’t believe in stuff like that until she met Jason Morris a year or so ago. By now, she has accepted that sometimes impossible things are quite, quite possible—like an ancient princess being reborn as an ambitious financial analyst.
Finding Jason was like finding the part of her that had always been missing—a perfect match. But handling Sam Woolf, the reborn version of their ancient nemesis is something of a trial. No sooner do you have him well and surely beat, but up he bounces again. Sheesh, will it take an oak stake to permanently rid their lives of him?
Sam Woolf is a powerful adversary. Too powerful, even. Jason and Helle will need help from unexpected quarters to finally bring this tangled, ancient love-and-hate triangle to some sort of conclusion. Question is, will they survive the experience?
My Review: Alright, first, let me preface by saying that I own every single book this genius of a woman has ever written. (Y’all, I’m not even joking.) (I had to devote a separate book shelf just for my Anne Belfrage book collection and it’s bloody mahvelous.) And right next to the first two books in her “The Wanderer” series, was a little empty space just waiting for the third and final book. And now that I’ve devoured every single page, I get to share the awesomeness with you! (Pffft. Like you didn’t already know this was going to be a positive review. Silly readers.)
Let me begin by telling you that if you haven’t read the first two books in the series, never fear! The author gives you enough information to follow the story fairly easily. I will say however, that if you want a full understanding of Jason, Helle and Sam, you will want to go back and read from the beginning. Now, with that said, let’s dive in shall we?
A Flame Through Eternity opens with Jason and Helle finally knowing some peace. They are now enjoying married life, the hardships of the past are slipping into memory, and the dreaded Sam Wolfe is now food for the fish. Except, in this beautifully crafted world that Anna Belfrage envelopes her readers in, the dead don’t exactly stay dead. What follows is a story that I absolutely knew that I could count on the author to provide. Think Outlander plus Sex and the City plus Lord of the Rings, and you’ve got “The Wanderer” series. There is time-jumping, reincarnation, supernatural elements, magic and above all, the inter-play between the characters. (Including nekkid time, but we’re all grown-ups here.)
Besides the story creation and scene setting that Anna Belfrage does so well, I love how her characters bounce off of each other. Each character is their own person, so-to-speak, with all their little flaws and quirks. Which means that I found myself loving the characters, rooting for the characters, biting my nails over the characters, then turning around and getting annoyed with the characters (here’s looking at you, Helle), and just all-around invested in the characters’ lives. Except for Sam. Or maybe especially Sam? The man is terror personified. You might want to have comfort-cookies nearby.
Bottom Line: This book, and all of the author’s books, have literally everything that you could ever want in a story. From history, to fantasy, to suspense to memorable characters. Grab your favorite candy (or comfort-cookies), turn off Netflix, turn on your beautiful brain and allow me to introduce you to your new favorite book series.
Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveler. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with three absorbing interests: history and writing.
Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England. (Medieval knight was also high on Anna’s list of potential professions. Yet another disappointment…)
With Jason and Helle, Anna has stepped out of her historical comfort zone and has loved doing so.
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