Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Beloved Son
SERIES: Aisling Trilogy #3
AUTHOR: Carole Cummings
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
LENGTH: 321 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 19, 2017
When a man’s identity is built on lies, can he find the true self buried beneath? For Wil and Dallin, newfound love might not be enough. To heal themselves and their world, they must learn to see things as they truly are and break free of what they have been tricked into believing.
Wil and Dallin stand at the center of an approaching convergence they’re not sure they’re strong enough to face. The power of the land and the Mother waits for Wil in the bowels of Lind, but it comes at a price: he must defeat the soul-eater and save the Father, Her Beloved, and manage to keep his soul in the process. He can’t do it alone. But where can he turn for aid when friends are not necessarily friends, trusted mentors are not necessarily to be trusted, and good intentions are sometimes the most dangerous kind?
Dallin and Wil must accept their roles as the Guardian and the Aisling and stand together against a ruthless god in a cataclysmic battle of dreams and wills, the fates of both of their souls and those of all mortals hanging in the balance. Trust, if they can finally embrace it, holds both the promise of salvation and the risk of damnation.
Beloved Son brings us the conclusion of the Aisling Trilogy by Carole Cummings. Ms. Cummings brought to life an interesting fantasy/alternate world type story that I’ve been reading along with as this current re-release of the trilogy is occurring. The first book hooked me, and I eagerly consumed both it and the second book, and then waited for this current one. I reviewed both of those on Love Bytes as well.
In the third book, we lead up to the dramatic and necessary conclusion to the tale. Wil and Dallin are now in Dallin’s homeland, and all is not as we suspected it was. There are other powers at work that are striving to keep our heroes from their path forward to rescue the two Gods of the land, The Father and The Mother.
Wil’s powers are growing, and Dallin now has powers of his own. Both men’s powers will be necessary to combat the evil third God who has The Father imprisoned. Not everyone agrees that The Father needs to be released, and not everyone agrees that Wil and Dallin are the ones to do it. Nor does everyone approve of their relationship.
This one was an interesting read. It started out slowly for me, and to keep it honest…I kept putting it down and reading other books in between. I forced myself to read it today, and as it moved along, by the time the second half of the book came around, I became more drawn into the story, and read straight through to the end. This one though had some sections that kind of dragged for me, and a lot…and I mean a lot…of the story is internalized dream type sequences, shown in italics, which became a little annoying to read. I liked the conclusion of the story. Things look like they are going well for the two men and the Gods. But is there more to come? It seemed like the ending left it open for additional adventures of the two heroes.
My favorite book in the series was book one with the second and third being almost as good. I’d recommend this one, but maybe recommend you read the entire three books straight through. And oh…one more thing. Go to the end of the book first and read the pronunciations. Ended up…I mispronounced almost everything the entire way through the books. 😊