on September 30th 2014
Earth. Fire. Air. Water.
One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.
Michael Merrick understands pressure. He's the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he's all that stands in the way.
His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She's got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment.
But there are people who have had enough of Michael's defiance, his family's 'bad luck'. Before he knows it, Michael's enemies have turned into the Merricks' enemies, and they're armed for war.
They're not interested in surrender. But Michael isn't the white flag type anyway. Everything is set for the final showdown.
Four elements, one family. Will they hold together, or be torn apart?
Thanks KTeen, for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Because Sacrifice is the fifth book in the Elemental series, this review will be relatively spoiler-free. If you haven’t heard of this series, I recommend checking out Book 1, Storm. Although I felt like some were stronger than others in this series, as a whole, the Elemental books are solid, and addicting.
Each book in this series has been narrated by a different set of characters. Sacrifice is told through the dual point of view of Michael and Hannah. I enjoyed getting to know more about Hannah in this last book, but in comparison to the past female main characters, Hannah’s story just wasn’t as compelling to me. I think it’s because the ladies in the past really overcame something intense, especially Quinn in the fourth book.
After following the story through the eyes of the three youngest Merricks, Chris, Gabriel, and Nick, Sacrifice finally gives us a complete Michael Merrick-centric story. Like the rest of his brothers, Michael is super complex. Ever since they tragically lost their parents (years before Storm begins), Michael has been raising his three younger brothers. Michael simultaneously works crazy hours to keep food in the fridge. He doesn’t have much of a social life. You could say he’s sacrificed his whole childhood/young adulthood to raise his family.
Sacrifice was high stakes, and intense, which I totally expected, given it’s currently the last book planned. Nothing is sugarcoated in this installment. There are a lot of casualties, including the loss of a pretty important character. I didn’t see this death coming! I’m so heartbroken because of who it is and how they go. But I also accept it. In terms of where the story went, it logically made sense. But still… so sad!
I really hope Kemmerer continues writing in this world. There are plenty of other supporting characters that I’d love to learn more about. If you like supernatural contemporaries with a lot of action, and emotion, definitely give this series a shot.