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Release (The Protector #3)
by M.R. Merrick
Published December 8th 2012
After uniting the shifters and calling in reinforcements, Chase has to face his toughest challenge yet: learning to control his emotions. But as tensions rise and his powers grow, controlling his emotions becomes the least of his problems.
Terrorized by a multi-shifter who is hell-bent on turning him, Chase questions just how far he’s willing to go to stop his father. Meanwhile, Tiki’s virtuous nature has placed him in the middle of Vincent’s past, leaving Chase to oppose a senate of vampires and defend a demon he hates.
Trying to balance his friends, his enemies, and his inner demons, Chase is left searching for answers about the Mark, his destiny, and where he can find the next soul piece. Stopping Riley is his top priority, but as more obstacles arise, he finds himself doubting all the decisions he’s made - especially regarding Rayna.
One thing is for certain: Chase has finally realized that he doesn’t know anything. The light doesn’t always quell the darkness, the monsters don’t always stay in the shadows, and the past doesn't always stay in the past - sometimes, the demons inside are the hardest to fight.
My Thoughts: M.R. Merrick delivers again in this third installment of The Protector Series. Picking up where Shift left off, we once again catch up with Chase, Rayna, and their motley crew as they continue to search for the soul pieces in order to stop Riley's evil plans. As the Protector, Chase possess the ability to wield all the elements, fire, water, wind, and air, and they are very powerful. So powerful in fact, that Chase's body isn't able to control them, even to the point of ripping him apart at times. Together with his friends, Rayna, Tiki, Willy, and Marcus, and his unfriendly ally Vincent, among others, they venture into strange and dangerous dimensions in the underworld, facing some of the deadliest creatures imaginable, barely escaping with their lives, and enduring astonishing amounts of torture and pain. Will their efforts be enough to stop Riley before it's to late? Will the loss of someone else very close to Chase be the catalyst that pushes him over the edge?
It has been interesting to see Chase's evolution throughout the series. Though still headstrong and strong willed, he is much more mature, wiser, and thinks about things before diving in blindly. He is falling into his role as leader and protector nicely, and is beginning to understand what that means as well. He is fiercely loyal to his friends, and with the help of Tiki, understands on a deeper level what it means to keep your oaths, even when you'd rather not. Rayna is beginning to understand and come into the fullness of her power. I liked the developments that took place in Chase and Rayna's relationship, and was so glad they got to share a couple of passionate moments. I hope we see more of that in the next book. We also see Tiki and Willy step forward into more prominent roles in this installment.
The fantasy in Release is taken up a notch as Merrick creates an unbelievable and imaginative world with his words. Release packs a punch with it's action-packed story line, and there is never a dull moment for these characters in thier quest against evil. If you enjoy urban fantasy, then this is a series you most definitely want to check out.
You can see my reviews of Exiled and Shift here.
M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer and author of The Protector Series, a Young Adult mash-up between Urban and Epic Fantasy. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he’s usually found at the computer between a pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.
Grande Prize Pack (3 Winners)
3x Signed paperbacks (Exiled, Shift, Release)
3x Signed 8x10 posters (Exiled, Shift, Release)
1x Notebook (Winner’s choice of cover)
Runner-up Prize Pack (5 Winners)
1x Signed paperback (Winner’s choice of Exiled, Shift, or Release) with signed poster
1x bookmark (Winner’s choice)
Secondary Prizes A (10 Winners)
Secondary Prize B (10 Winners)
1x bookmark (winner’s choice)
1x The Protector magnet
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