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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
Eliza F. Tilton’s fantasy novel, The Never Rift, contains a fight for love and survival. Azalea has a life of luxury and ease in Oasis. Doted on by Acaden and Lark, she never expected Orion to appear. Orion left her thirty years ago to fight for the Magi Council. He was supposed to be her soulmate and never leave her. Orion needs her to accompany him to Saol so she can help close the rift. Things have threatened their world, and the dark rift is growing. Azalea refuses and has her guards escort Orion off the property. However, Azalea underestimates Orion’s determination. The following morning, Azalea wakes to find her beautiful home burning to the ground. She admits defeat and leaves with Orion. Little did Azalea realize her actions would change the course of the world.
Eliza F. Tilton wrote the perspectives alternating between Orion and Azalea. I understood both sides. Azalea felt Orion had broken his promise to stay with her forever. Orion’s loyalty to the Magi and stopping the dark forces overrode her desires. Oasis was a life of pleasure and ease, so it made sense to stay. I felt bad for Orion because Azalea had moved on while he was ensuring their safety. The intense turmoil inside Orion expressed his feelings for Azalea and his wish to protect her from the horror in Saol. I was familiar with the supporting characters from the previous novels in The Shifting Fae series. There were also new supporting characters like Mab, a child fae, whose cheerfulness helped offset the darkness encompassing Saol. The scenes were vivid, and the battles built intensity. The amount of detail invested in the fighting was impressive. I recommend The Never Rift to readers who enjoy reunited romance and unending action.