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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
The Legend of Oescienne continues with The Ascending by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson. Book 4 starts in the Hrunahn Mountains of the west, where Boriahs, servant of the Crimson King, reluctantly has to report to his Master about his failure to capture Jahrra and her dragon guardian once again. The Crimson King is losing patience, but Boriahs’ life is spared as he’s too valuable to him. Jahrra and her companions are never out of danger as they do their best to stay ahead of the enemies. There’s more action in Book 4 when the young ward’s fighting skill is greatly tested.
The pace of the plot is moderate, similar to its predecessors. Jahrra is now eighteen years old and a bit more prudent on what it is expected of her. I favor Dervit the limbit, who’s a great addition to the traveling group. He’s small and shy but brave, intuitive and kind, and successfully earned respect from Jaax and the others as a valuable member. Another favorite character of mine, Denaeh, never fails to amaze me with her tenacity, and she’s a crucial element in the ending of Book 4.
Johnson does a solid job with this latest installment in the series. I’m pleased to follow Jaax and Jahrra’s journey again and meet new characters. The Ascending is not a standalone, so reading its predecessors will give a much better perspective on the plot, the protagonists, and the world building for readers who are new to this dragon-themed fantasy series. All in all, a good read.