The Might

The Might by Siri Pettersen is the finale in the Raven Rings trilogy. Hirka and Rime have traveled worlds to find answers, and things are finally coming to a close.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
From Goodreads:
Hirka prepares to meet the ruling house of a cold, hierarchical world where contempt for weakness is paramount. Reluctantly, she accepts her fate, hoping to keep Rime alive and Ymslanda safe. But the dead borns thirst for the Might is absolute and Hirka realizes that the war she wanted to prevent, is inevitable. An awareness that will soon challenge everything she ever believed in and fought for.
‘The Might’ is the third and final book in the acclaimed fantasy series ‘The Raven Rings’. A spectacular finale that explores roots, power, and arrogance.
All quotes are from an advanced reader copy, and may or may not reflect the finished edition.

“The day I lose to you, it’ll be out of love.”

This was an interesting final book in the trilogy that I’m grateful to have been able to review. While there are some ongoing issues with the series itself, many things I disliked in the first two books have really been resolved. The first is that Hirka never truly felt her age. Rime always felt like an adult compared to her, which made their romance feel strange to me. As Hirka has experienced more and more dark things, she has matured considerably. This has made the strange flip-flopping between her maturity and naivety happen less. She has truly become an enjoyable and brave character. Honestly, Hirka’s character growth alone is the reason for me to think about this series quite a bit after finishing it.

“There is no them. There’s only people, and people are all different.”

The first two books in this trilogy really set the stage for politics in this final book. There is less action in The Might, but it still captivates the reader with the in-depth politics that go on. Politics that have spanned across worlds is somewhat hard to wrap your mind around, though. There were moments where I regretted not having read the previous books again to get a better grip on the world. I would highly recommend reading this series close to the same time, to avoid confusion.

“You’re going to tear the world apart,” he said. It sounded like he was genuinely looking forward to it.

Admittedly, though, I didn’t care about Rime. This was an issue in the other books, as well. Rime can best be described as chaotically lawful, and it’s downright annoying. I have a low tolerance for these kinds of characters, which is a personal preference. His tendency to want to do what’s lawful (not to be mistaken with what’s right) is his largest character flaw. There is some growth from that in this book, but not much, and I found myself wanting to skip the chapters from his point of view.

“The image of Rime. Beautiful. Unrestrained. Raw. Her exact opposite. Nevertheless, her soul. He’d done things he considered necessary but that she considered horrific. With the best intentions, he’d trampled over everything she believed in. Still, she loved him. Loved him and longed for him. Condemned, dreamed, and raged. But nothing would change the fact that she would do anything for him. And she was being forced to prove it.”

This was truly a great finale of the Raven Rings series. It did take a bit to get into, the laying back out of the world dragged. The second book had this issue as well, and it caused me to pick it up and put it down for a few days several times. However, once we got into the actual action of the plot, things really picked up. All in all, this was an incredibly well-done finale and wrapped things up in an enjoyable way. I recommend this series for anyone wanting something that edges between adult and young adult fantasy, for sure.

“Certainty breeds urgency.”

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.