Short & Sweet Review: Laisrathera by M.C.A. Hogarth
Laisrathera by M.C.A. HogarthM.C.A. Hogarth
Series: Her Instruments #3
Publisher: Studio MCAH (May 12, 2014)
Memorable Quote: “It is not humility to assume every responsibility is yours to bear. It is not wise. And it is not just, nor kind. You must let go of your need to feel that everything that befalls you is yours to mend, for at the root of that assumption is a great flaw…”
Tiara’s Rating: 4 of 5 stars. I HAVE BEEN EMOTIONALLY COMPROMISED. Why did it have to end? I never wanted it to end. I don’t know what to do with myself now. *cries more*
The second book ended on a such a bang, making it impossible for me to not start this book, the last book, immediately. Laisrathera, which means Earthrise in Hirianthial’s native tongue, brings about a satisfying conclusion this series. The second book introduced us to Hirianthial’s home planet after Hirianthial starts exhibiting psi-abilities that are abnormal even for his people. This is when the crew learns the reality of Hirianthial’s people and what caused him to leave his homeworld in the first place, realizing that it’s not quite the idyllic planet that many believe it to be. What started as a simple mission to get their Eldritch home turns into a plot of political intrigue and treachery that puts plucky Captain Reese Eddings and her merry band of misfits right in the middle of the drama.
Her Instruments turned into one of those series that I hated to see end because I enjoyed it so much while proving its a series that I’ll revisit in the future. I’ll be the first to admit that I love my smut, the smuttiest of smut, because I’m trash like that (I read Gargoyle/Witch super smut while passing out Halloween candy; you can’t even begin to comprehend the depths of my trashiness), but there’s nothing like a really well-written, sweet romance that doesn’t thrust the characters at one another the minute they see one another. For all my smut-loving ways, I am a sucker for romantic plots that burn slowly and allow the characters to grow into the people they want to be personally while they forge a stronger bond with one another. I’m a total sap like that. This was a fun adventure across the universe with a great cast of characters. Hogarth explored ideas of humans who expanded beyond Earth, becoming huge catalysts for how the universe was shaped but finding themselves outpaced by their own “creations,” if you will. She gave us these new races that drew inspiration from their real world counterparts, such as felines, while giving them culture that was unique to them. (I’m going to have to read her other books to get more details on some of these races, I believe.) We followed the crew from a simple cargo run to a momentous conclusion. I consider this series one of my gem finds of 2015.
– Latched on to its preceding book’s high tension ending well and worked that for what it was worth without feeling anticlimactic
– The romantic conclusion
– All the things I said about these books before–diverse, fun, etc.
– Some plot points can seem to kind of blindside a reader (WHERE THE F*!$ DID YOU COME FROM? LOL! WHAT?! moments)
– The romantic conclusion (Yes, I realize I listed it as a Yay! and a Nay! because your mileage may vary)
– Just as with the last book, trigger warning for abuse/rape survivors with a bit stronger warning here because, while still not overly graphic, insensitive, or gratuitous, it is a bit more frequent for a bit there and does have more details