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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Leaf and Flame is a work of fiction in the fantasy, romance, and adventure subgenres, penned by author Veronica Dale. This fourth and concluding novel in the Coin of Rulve series is suitable for teen readers and adults alike due to its non-graphic action scenes and sweet romance presentation. Leaving their loves behind, Sheft and Teller head towards a future which they are certain, by prophecy, will lead at least one of them to death, and with the knowledge that it may even contribute to the strength of the dreaded Lord of Shunder in fulfilling their mission. What results is a twisting plot with many final shocks to conclude this epic fantasy series.
Author Veronica Dale weaves a captivating conclusion to her excellent series with this final volume, in which the central heroes are put to their ultimate test. Gentle reminders return readers to the continuing story as it unfolds, and Sheft and Teller swiftly become as real as good and evil itself, thanks to Dale’s emotional resonance in her character development. I felt that the protagonists reacted bravely yet realistically to the gravity of the task before them, and much is made of inventive and compelling dialogue to give us insight into their mindset as tension builds and their twin fates are drawn nigh. The plot itself contains more than one surprise that brings about a truly thrilling conclusion, and overall I believe that fans of the Coin of Rulve series will adore Leaf and Flame for its poignant and action-packed narrative.