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Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite
In Maharia: The Kaelandur Series Book 3 by Joshua Robertson, a year has passed since Branimir, Adamus and Sulanna arrived in Gaetana when a former enemy arrives with a message from Dorofej. Although the group is hesitant to trust her, Alyona’s tidings are impossible to ignore: Eisliev has returned from the Netherworld to seek out kaelandur. The group just barely evades the Patrician of the Kadari as they leave Gaetana and head north, bound for the ancient city of Iriy to seek the counsel of the gods. Perils await them on the road as the Kadari continue to hunt them, and there’s no guarantee that the gods’ assistance will align with the group’s desire to destroy kaelandur once and for all.
It’s both odd and delightful that Branimir is without Dorofej’s company for the majority of Maharia. I did miss Dorofej a little, but enjoyed being with Bran far more. The growth this character has undergone never fails to astound me and I honestly think Branimir’s development outshines anything I’ve ever read before. I have mixed feelings about the denouement. The major plot points of the Kaelandur series reach a thrilling yet bittersweet conclusion, but a few critical loose ends remain. I can only assume these unresolved story points tie into other books in the greater Thrice Nine Legends Saga in the same way that events in the short story The Name of Death briefly enter Maharia. I’m mostly satisfied with the ending, yet I also need more. Robertson blends spectacular world building, memorable characters, and an intricate, remarkably elaborate plot into an unforgettable adventure.