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Everything about Adria Dawson’s life has changed in unimaginable ways: the shattering betrayal of her mother, the fight for her life and sanity…the loss of her humanity. But now Adria must face the ultimate challenge and risk not only her life, but the lives of everyone she loves at the wrathful hands of Isaac Mayfair’s father. Determined to help unravel a mysterious messa Everything about Adria Dawson’s life has changed in unimaginable ways: the shattering betrayal of her mother, the fight for her life and sanity…the loss of her humanity. But now Adria must face the ultimate challenge and risk not only her life, but the lives of everyone she loves at the wrathful hands of Isaac Mayfair’s father. Determined to help unravel a mysterious message deeply rooted in an unhinged mind, Adria becomes obsessed with traveling into Aramei’s turbulent past to see the truth of how the relationships and betrayals between the Mayfair and Vargas bloodlines were formed. Meanwhile, Adria and the Mayfairs are doing everything they can to smoke out and trap the Praverian traitor. A trip to Providence uncovers not only an old family line who are enemies of the Praverians, but also raises questions about the Praverian’s true agenda. But the traitor will be caught. People will die. And Adria’s destiny to be the cause of a war will come to pass. But what could a kind and simple girl like Adria Dawson ever do that could be considered an act of war? The landscape of the werewolf world will be forever changed in the climactic conclusion to The Darkwoods Trilogy.


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Everything about Adria Dawson’s life has changed in unimaginable ways: the shattering betrayal of her mother, the fight for her life and sanity…the loss of her humanity. But now Adria must face the ultimate challenge and risk not only her life, but the lives of everyone she loves at the wrathful hands of Isaac Mayfair’s father. Determined to help unravel a mysterious messa Everything about Adria Dawson’s life has changed in unimaginable ways: the shattering betrayal of her mother, the fight for her life and sanity…the loss of her humanity. But now Adria must face the ultimate challenge and risk not only her life, but the lives of everyone she loves at the wrathful hands of Isaac Mayfair’s father. Determined to help unravel a mysterious message deeply rooted in an unhinged mind, Adria becomes obsessed with traveling into Aramei’s turbulent past to see the truth of how the relationships and betrayals between the Mayfair and Vargas bloodlines were formed. Meanwhile, Adria and the Mayfairs are doing everything they can to smoke out and trap the Praverian traitor. A trip to Providence uncovers not only an old family line who are enemies of the Praverians, but also raises questions about the Praverian’s true agenda. But the traitor will be caught. People will die. And Adria’s destiny to be the cause of a war will come to pass. But what could a kind and simple girl like Adria Dawson ever do that could be considered an act of war? The landscape of the werewolf world will be forever changed in the climactic conclusion to The Darkwoods Trilogy.

30 review for The Ballad of Aramei

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    I AM ABSOLUTELY FLOORED BEYONG WORDS and all I can say is WHOA! This book is unbelievably AMAZING and RIVETING and CAPTIVATING and FANTASTIC and HOT and SEXY and RAW and PRIMAL and RAWR RAWR RAWR. It is my all time favourite werewolf/shifter series EVER!! I am in love with this series so much you really don't understand. From start to finish it has been one hell of a breathtaking, exciting and tension filled ride, and I'm sad to see that it's over. I could have easily kept reading this forever i I AM ABSOLUTELY FLOORED BEYONG WORDS and all I can say is WHOA! This book is unbelievably AMAZING and RIVETING and CAPTIVATING and FANTASTIC and HOT and SEXY and RAW and PRIMAL and RAWR RAWR RAWR. It is my all time favourite werewolf/shifter series EVER!! I am in love with this series so much you really don't understand. From start to finish it has been one hell of a breathtaking, exciting and tension filled ride, and I'm sad to see that it's over. I could have easily kept reading this forever it's that freaking FANTABULOUS! I need to step back a bit and take a deep breath in because for the entire time I was reading this amazing book I held my breath. I swear from the first word to the very last I was awe struck and devoured every page, not being able to get enough it was SPECTACULAR. But, before I keep getting carried away I would love to thank the amazing and wonderful J.A. Redmerski for providing me with an ARC ebook of The Ballad of Aramei and let me tell you I was so honoured and completely taken aback by her incredible and kind gesture. She is one hell of a great author who knows how to weave a mind blowing story and keep you guessing and wanting so much more. I love how natural her words feel and how beautifully they come together, creating such gorgeous imagery and making you feel so much too. I mean this book plays on all your senses, making you feel like you are actually in the story and living it. I could hear every bone crunch when they would transform. I could smell every drop of blood mixed with the earth. I could see them shifting into the Black Beasts. I could taste all the sensual kisses stolen between Adria and Isaac, and let me just say that these two are HOT HOT HOT RAWR. And, I could feel every last touch. J.A. Redmerski, you are bloody brilliant I tell you. What more can you ask for from a story?? The story pretty much picks up where Kindred left off and I have to say that I'm instantly drawn back in and swept away with the story of Adria and Isaac. Adria's life had completely changed and she is confronted with so much in Ballad. I always believed Adria was strong and she continued to grow and evolve into this mighty and fierce young woman who doesn't take crap from no one and stands up for what she believes in and what is right. All the while, following her heart and instinct. I think she is a total bad ass and I love that she is strong and brave and fearless. No wonder Isaac was attracted to her from the beginning. He saw a strength in her that would be fitting to be his mate and so did his father, the Sovereign. In Kindred, we caught a glimpse of a connection between Aramei and Adria, and this did not go unnoticed with Isaac's father. Using his power, he demands that Adria speaks with Aramei and go under, in search for her. He is a cruel piece of work and has ruled for far too long with so much love for Aramei that he would stop at nothing or no one to protect her. She comes first no matter one, even at the expense of his own children. It was sad to read about the things that happened to Aramei and how tortured she was but I'm so glad we got to experience everything. It all comes together perfectly and everything that happened along the way was meant to be. I love this storyline and it broke my heart several times watching Adria dive into Aramei's mind and not knowing if she would forever be lost in there. While this was happening, Adria, Isaac, Nathan, Daisy, Harry and the rest of the group had to deal with a Praverian traitor who was hell bent out to kill Adria, for reasons unknown. I'm telling you the suspense and action in this book was outstanding and totally mesmerising. You will be gripping to the edge of your seat and the ending of this book is PHENOMENAL! You will be blown away by how earth shuttering the scenes are with so much going down I am not going to reveal a thing. You just have to read it for yourself to find out. I'm not one to spoil anything. But let me just tell you that you will not be disappointed one bit. Also, what else I loved about this book, or series in fact, was the lengths that some of the group members would go through to get answers and to help their Alpha Isaac and Adria, is beyond belief. I'm talking about what Nathan had to do. I'm not going to say what, but I still shudder thinking about what he did and my heart goes out to the poor guy. Though, I must say it made me fall in love with him too. He is the best kind of brother to have and Isaac is forever grateful to him. Imagine being caught up between these two brothers RAWR they are such beasts ;) Hell, I sure as hell wouldn't mind being devoured my either one of them. Okay, I think I have said enough. It's so easy to get caught up and carried away, but I will stop and just leave you with this. If you have read the first two books of the series, you will LOVE Ballad and not be able to put it down. If you haven't even picked up the first book, you must run and grab a copy ASAP and get started. There is so much suspense, drama, action, love, tension, HOT HOT and oh so HOT scenes that will leave you panting and purring...ahem....they were really RAWR. It really is an amazing series that will have you wanting more and needing more, and hoping that J.A. Redmerski will give you more. Because I really don't want to say goodbye to the wonderful characters of this truly FANTASTIC series. LOVE LOVE LOVE....RAWR RAWR RAWR!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)

    I'd been dying to read this for so long bcuz I couldn't wait to see how this would all end & while I loved the background & history the rest of the book didn't feel like this was an ending. More of the story & the end didn't feel like an ending either. It felt more like the leaping off point to the next part of the characters lives. I wanted to love it. I loved the pervious books but it left me feeling kind of eh. Full review to follow. I'd been dying to read this for so long bcuz I couldn't wait to see how this would all end & while I loved the background & history the rest of the book didn't feel like this was an ending. More of the story & the end didn't feel like an ending either. It felt more like the leaping off point to the next part of the characters lives. I wanted to love it. I loved the pervious books but it left me feeling kind of eh. Full review to follow.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I can't believe it's over and I have to say goodbye!!!! Nooooo!!! When it comes down to it, when there's a series that you absolutely love, it feels like you've gotten to know the characters so well that it's just so sad when the finale wraps up and you realize it's all come to an end. That's how I feel about this series, with characters that I adored and went through so many emotions with, and it's hard to send them on their way knowing it's the last I'll see of them! Ballad was such a captivati I can't believe it's over and I have to say goodbye!!!! Nooooo!!! When it comes down to it, when there's a series that you absolutely love, it feels like you've gotten to know the characters so well that it's just so sad when the finale wraps up and you realize it's all come to an end. That's how I feel about this series, with characters that I adored and went through so many emotions with, and it's hard to send them on their way knowing it's the last I'll see of them! Ballad was such a captivating conclusion to this series, with so many facets of the plot playing out simultaneously and leaving Adria and Isaac feeling pulled in multiple directions at once. It was one unexpected twist and turn after another!! Just as Adria is struggling with her newfound lifestyle as a werewolf and all of the challenges that come with it, and the brainstorming about how to deal with the Dark Praverian is underway, Trajan comes to them with a demand (oh, he was such an ass in this book!!); Adria must join him at the cottage to try and reach out to Aramei again. As Adria enters into the memories of Aramei's past through her mind, she grapples with her feelings of attachment to the frail woman imprisoned in her own body. But she has to balance this out with her need to deal with the constant threat of a traitor in their presence, one of their own who is out to kill her. As she, Isaac, and Nathan set out to find a way to weed out the enemy in their midst, they put in motion a plan that will result in a shocking revelation. All their troubles pale in comparison to what lies ahead, though, and one decision by Adria leaves werewolves from all over in jeopardy. It was wonderful seeing all of my favorite characters again, I had missed them so much after Kindred! And of course I was loving every minute of Isaac and Adria finally being mates (helloooooo sexy beast Isaac!!!)!! Nathan plays a much bigger role this time around, and I just adored him with his selfless big-brother protectiveness! I was very excited to see the return of a character I didn't think we'd ever see again, and it definitely changed things for Adria's future in a way that finally gave her some peace. The creepiness factor was definitely kicked up a notch this time around, and Adria's experiences with Aramei had my heart racing from both anticipation and fear of what it would all mean for her in the end!! Aramei, innocent as she may be, was just spooky with her zombie-like trance that Adria was able to crack holes into! I was on the edge of my seat every time she went to have one of their sessions, but I was so sucked into seeing Aramei's past and seeing the once-young and healthy woman have her first encounters with their supernatural world...and it was fascinating!! I just loved seeing her first moments with Trajan and how she felt a pull from him despite seeing what he was. It was the perfect way to bring their story full-circle as Adria tried to weed through Aramei's memories to find what Aramei wanted her to know, and at the same time it was so heartbreaking knowing what had become of the once strong woman! My heart just melted for her, for the romance that was cut short by an imprisoned mind, and it made me love Adria all the more for her bravery at facing it. She becomes so strong mentally along with her physical bad-assness in Ballad, and I was just cheering her on the whole way!! I was so impressed with how many interwoven storylines Redmerski managed to keep drawing the reader in with this story! Adria's time with Aramei was never overshadowed, but the threat of the Dark Praverian always loomed in the distance and caused a feeling of constant anxiety from the unknown. When Nathan, Isaac, and Adria went in search of the woman who could help them expose the traitor...I have to say, that part gave me the chills!! I felt like I needed to wash up after the experience they had with that nasty woman, it made me ill! Every plot twist, from Aramei's memories to the final climax with an epic gut-twisting battle, all came together and fit like puzzle pieces clicking into place, and the final picture was just an incredible journey! Redmerski once again uses such incredible imagery to describe every scene and every emotion, and I just loved experiencing such a beautiful story!! I hated to see one of my absolute favorite series come to an end, and there's certainly an opening if these characters were ever to be revisited, but I was so happy to see them all able to move forward in their lives. It was a wonderful send-off and a great way to bring their story to a close, and it earns a very enthusiastic 5 stars from this huge fan!! Awesome!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Savannah (Books With Bite)

    After losing myself in the first two books, I knew I had to read the last book. At a brink of battle, things are about explode! What I loved most about this book is the great plot. I loved how well everything come together. It all made sense once the big picture is shown to the reader. And once that hits the fan, all hell break loose. The decision that is made is the pivotal point in the story that sparks just great emotion, anger, and a war! The love interest worked out like I thought it would wi After losing myself in the first two books, I knew I had to read the last book. At a brink of battle, things are about explode! What I loved most about this book is the great plot. I loved how well everything come together. It all made sense once the big picture is shown to the reader. And once that hits the fan, all hell break loose. The decision that is made is the pivotal point in the story that sparks just great emotion, anger, and a war! The love interest worked out like I thought it would with a nice ending. It would have been nice to see a little more glimpse of their future, but I like that it did end on happy note.The book is filled with so much battle and grand decisions, it nice to have it end lovingly. The Ballad Of Aramei is great ending to awesome series! One of the strongest stories out there, The Ballad Of Aramei is a well made, entertaining drama that you can not contain. It's awesome, fantastic and sooo good!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Devon Ashley

    Wowsers. Now that's how a finale battle is supposed to go down. Wowsers. Now that's how a finale battle is supposed to go down.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    By far one of the best books I've read this year. It starts off right around were Kindred left off. Adria survived the Turn but she and Isaac still have to deal with an unknown traitor in their midsts. Not to mention that Trajan is becoming restless, wanting Adria to help him figure out what Aramei is trying to tell him. I have to say that for such a long book, with more than a few storylines, the writing flowed seamlessly. I never felt like Redmerski was dragging out certain parts, but rather all By far one of the best books I've read this year. It starts off right around were Kindred left off. Adria survived the Turn but she and Isaac still have to deal with an unknown traitor in their midsts. Not to mention that Trajan is becoming restless, wanting Adria to help him figure out what Aramei is trying to tell him. I have to say that for such a long book, with more than a few storylines, the writing flowed seamlessly. I never felt like Redmerski was dragging out certain parts, but rather all the twists and turns in the story had me completely enraptured, to the point that I read this book in a day. My favorite element in Redmerski's story were her characters. Adria was so strong and her willingness to do the right thing by everyone around her was touching. The love between her and Isaac kept a big smile on my face throughout the entire story. Isaac was so sweet and protective of Adria while at the same time still managing to be the tough Alpha. In this book he was more lovable than ever. My other favrite character was Nathan. Though he comes off as a goffball and ladies man, that is so not the case. His character was given a lot more depth in this installment, letting the reader see how loving, concerned and protective Nathan is about Adria, Isaac and his entire family. Other characters like Zia, Sebastian, Daisy and Harry play important roles, but I won't spoil them for you. What I will say is that Redmerski managed to shock me quite a few times. I was definitely not expecting some of the plot twists she dropped. Other characters are also re-introduced which was nice, seeing as it gave the reader a better sense of closure. Also, as the title states, Aramei gets one of the largest roles in the book. I won't say much about it though, lest to say there is a lot more to her and her past than what Sybil told Adria in the first book. All in all this series was good, but out of the three, this book was fantastic! I couldn't put it down and my thoughts throughout the day never strayed far from this. As far as I'm concerned, this is a definite must buy!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I have never felt so complete after a trilogy before. Jessica never leave me hanging! Well, correction, she has, but she's totally made up for it. Since Mayfair Moon I've been totally drenched in the life of Adria Dawson and Issac Mayfair! And this finale of the three never disappointed me! I hate giving away spoilers, for fear of those who want to read the novel and need a little review to sweeten the deal! But I must say, there was so much in this book I didn't see coming, I might have to brea I have never felt so complete after a trilogy before. Jessica never leave me hanging! Well, correction, she has, but she's totally made up for it. Since Mayfair Moon I've been totally drenched in the life of Adria Dawson and Issac Mayfair! And this finale of the three never disappointed me! I hate giving away spoilers, for fear of those who want to read the novel and need a little review to sweeten the deal! But I must say, there was so much in this book I didn't see coming, I might have to break my own rule! WARNING! Don't read any further if you haven't read Mayfair Moon or Kindred! After Kindred, we get the idea that Adria survives her change and is finally a werewolf! And lord does she wear it well! Adria and Issac are hilarious, sexy and relatable characters that you connect with from the get go. I can't get enough scenes of them! I'm sort of irritated that Issac Mayfair only exists in on my kindle and not down the road (don't tell my man) but that also means I'd have to deal with Adria...I'm not ready for the kind of heat. He's all hers. And in this book, you see it again, and again, Issac never backing down when it comes to his love and his family. Speaking of his family, the multiple POV's rocked my socks off. I can't get enough of reading the world through the eyes of Harry and Nathan! More on that in a second... I just need to talk about Alex! Oh Alex, I the hatred I held for her since book one I figured it would never change. She is self centered, rude, pushy, and violent. It totally fit that she was turned, and engrossed herself in that lifestyle with Ashe and Viktor. But she proved herself in her sudden return. Instantly, I was ready to kick her to the curb. But Adria has obviously a bigger heart than I, but in the end it paid off. Reading Alex throw barbs at anyone, especially Xavier made me laugh! I hope we see a happy ending, in any capacity for Alex. She redeemed herself beautifully, and the fierceness to protect Adria rivals Issac’s. All in all, I loved the unexpected return and her path back to her sister’s trust and heart. Lordy, having Issac Mayfair as Sovereign is so richly satisfying, I kind of grin with joy when it all unfolded. Of course, there were plenty of heart stopping moments where I could only hold on to the kindle and I couldn’t click the page turn button fast enough. Riveted by the drive of seeing Adria mangled (wink wink), knowing it ripped out the most beastly werewolf inside Issac. It amplified his power to overcome Trajan, drove him bat shit crazy. Knowing he’d win, but at what cost, terrified me. Yet again, Jessica hit a home run! Although the dark cloud looming over Harry's head, and this undeniable itch that we don't really know anything about his other side... Yet… beyond that, I really like the guy! He is always looking out for Adria, even when things totally go to hell in a hand basket. He never saw it coming, what happened to Aramei (I didn't! I thought things would go as planned!?!)and losing Adria as a charge, he cannot help himself but stay and protect her. Choosing his love for Daisy and mission for Adria meant he would be running for the rest of his life. I didn't plan on touching on Zia (view spoiler)[Dark Praverian (hide spoiler)] , mostly because I never imagined it for a second, I figured Rachel would be suspect before her...But when Issac laid it out, it made pure sense. She was out going, welcoming of Adria and a personality that stood out, and you could only feel the sense of pride and loyalty oozing from her. She blended so well, you forget about her a threat, as the one that would betray them all. Poor Sebastian! :( I know the story of Adria and Issac is over from their immediate point of view. But reading the last round of POV's, I know this isn't over. Genna and Nathan have to have a story to tell! I really enjoyed getting to see more of Nathan, and instead of feeling robbed at the ending of the novel, I felt a great conclusion with solid ending points that could be structured into that next trilogy! I never saw Genna and Nathan coming, that poor kid helps is Alpha and does the unthinkable about and now has to deal with the consequences. More than anything, I love the unraveling storyline between them, and I can’t wait to read more(please?). I only hope that time starts flying so I can sink my hands into the new series I’m assuming will follow Harry and Genna and the Praverian ways. Something happened when Adria killed Aramei instead of turning her, and whatever gate that prevented to open is huge. Daisy knows. I want to know too. I have a feeling it’s major hot sauce, and it will most likely pull the Sovereign into it. Xavier and Alex? Yes, please!! I have to see it for myself, I want to see her twist him into submission and leave him begging for more! Daisy Mayfairs wedding is a must read! Please…. And I can’t help but feel like so much will happen to Adria while away at College. The struggle of Issac and his new obligations, the pressure on the family full of Alphas….I can’t wait!!!! Is it 2013 yet?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN?????????? This series has honestly become one of my absolute favorites! I just love them so much! So this also means that J.A. Redmerski is officially a part of my top 5 favorite authors! Along with Sarah Dessen, Rachel Vincent, Jennifer L Armentrout, and J.K. Rowling. Big news right? So what's with all of the fuss you may ask? Well I'm going to tell you! Even though this series started off with "insta"-love (which I usually despise), the series as OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN?????????? This series has honestly become one of my absolute favorites! I just love them so much! So this also means that J.A. Redmerski is officially a part of my top 5 favorite authors! Along with Sarah Dessen, Rachel Vincent, Jennifer L Armentrout, and J.K. Rowling. Big news right? So what's with all of the fuss you may ask? Well I'm going to tell you! Even though this series started off with "insta"-love (which I usually despise), the series as a whole is phenomenal and grew to be soo much more! It's filled with action, mystery, romance, and just about every emotion you can think of. Emotional roller coaster? No, how about an emotional roller coaster with 50 loops, 27 corkscrews, and 13 cobra rolls that you endure backwards! I don't even know if that makes any sense lol *sigh* It was just that dang good! And I have to say, this one was the best of the series. I had my suspicions (and I will admit that I was right) about all of the plot twists, but I was never certain. I love how it kept me guessing! It's what kept me on the edge of my seat, constantly turning the pages, never wanting to put the book down. I would love to go deeper into the plot to tell you guys just how amazing it is, but you all probably know by now that I don't like to tell spoilers. So you're just going to have to read it for yourself ;) What I will say is that I loved going into Aramei's past. It added so much depth to the story. I finally understood how everything connected and just how important Aramei was to these events. I also enjoyed all of the POV changes. I honestly didn't at first but my opinion changed rather quickly. I loved being inside of Isaac's head! Both his and Harry's. The male POV has always been my favorite and these ones were written wonderfully. These POV changes, like Aramei's past, also added depth to the story. You know, Harry's POV was actually one of my favorites. His humor was the best but I also loved his honesty. Even though he didn't tell Adria everything, we were told everything and I loved learning about all of the details. His thoughts are actually kind of terrifying when you learn about the Praverians but I'm happy that I finally understood their purpose a little more. I actully wish I could learn more about them. But the thing that I loved the most, like truly, madly, crazy, deeply (Bonus points if you know where that's from) loved was the war. It was INCREDIBLE!!! Exactly like how a war should be written in books. What I've always wanted! I've always hated it when authors wrote a whole book or series leading up to a war/battle and they end up only talking about for 5 pages max. I feel jipped! That's why I loved this one! The war was a huge part to the story! It was so exciting!! GAH! SO MANY FEELS RIGHT NOW!! And the best part about it is that, even though we weren't in the POV of the actual battle, we still were able to feel the intensity of it! Too PERFECT !! I think the only thing that I wish happened was that Adria was actually able to take part in the battle. I'm a little disappointed in that but I think it didn't happen because it was meant to be Isaac and Trajan's battle. It always has been. So that's why I'm not as disappointed as I thought I'd be. *** I honestly couldn't have asked for a more perfect ending. I'm so depressed that I have to say goodbye to these characters. I wish there was another novel that I could dive right into! But the ending was truly amazing. I loved everything about it. I don't want to say goodbye to these characters, and I wish I could go on another journey with them, but instead I'll just spread the word about these books. I'm honestly surprised that this series hasn't received more attention. It deserves it! So read this series guys! I promise you won't regret it!! :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aira Cabrera

    This song was in my head while reading this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNpeK... REVIEW WHOA. That's how you end a trilogy! This book was freakin UNBELIEVABLE. This series is definitely one of my favorites! I'm sad that it's over, but I'm satisfied with the ending. The story picks up where Kindred left off. Adria is now facing new challenges. Isaac's father wants her to communicate with Aramei and find out what she wants to tell them. Adria is so brave and she doesn't let Trajan boss her aro This song was in my head while reading this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNpeK... REVIEW WHOA. That's how you end a trilogy! This book was freakin UNBELIEVABLE. This series is definitely one of my favorites! I'm sad that it's over, but I'm satisfied with the ending. The story picks up where Kindred left off. Adria is now facing new challenges. Isaac's father wants her to communicate with Aramei and find out what she wants to tell them. Adria is so brave and she doesn't let Trajan boss her around without having something to say about it. Now another problem that they have is the Praverian traitor living among them. The praverian traitor is someone close to them and he/she hates Adria and wants to kill her. I'd like to say I was surprised who the traitor was, but I'm not. A lot would not see it coming, but I did because I never liked that character. The lengths that the people in Isaac and Adria's life do in order to help them are heartwarming. They have each other's backs and you can feel the love and dedication they have for one another. Isaac's love for Adria is so great that I could feel it while reading the book. I love having a look at Aramei's past. It makes everything clear and it was very well written. Trajan's love for Aramei is limitless. He loves her so much and I would have swooned over him, but he has a lot of issues. First, he loves Aramei, ONLY Aramei. Second, he'd risk his children's life and his kind's life just so Aramei could live. Third, he feels nothing for anyone EXCEPT Aramei. I love his devotion to her, but if you can't show compassion to others, it ruins the whole thing. A truly wonderful and fantastic series! I'll miss all the characters! more reviews here!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashly

    This was the perfect ending to the trilogy...Everything was wrapped up and everyone was addressed and I felt closure. I hated that it ended but I hate more when authors dont give you the full run down of how everyone ended and I got exactly what I wanted with this last book! I can honestly say that Ms. Redmerski is my new favorite author and I will be clinging to these books until she writes a new one :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    So I don't want to be nit-picky or anything, but being as I am a mostly Serbian person living near the castle that Trajan used to rule - Golubac - I can tell you two things with utmost certainty: 1. Aramei is not a Serbian name. At all. Never herd of anything even resembling it - if I exclude the Aramaic language 2. No Serbian woman would call her sister Sissa. Firstly, we have a couple of terms for pet name for a sister - sejo (pronounced seyo), sešo (pronounced sesho) and seko (pronounced seko). So I don't want to be nit-picky or anything, but being as I am a mostly Serbian person living near the castle that Trajan used to rule - Golubac - I can tell you two things with utmost certainty: 1. Aramei is not a Serbian name. At all. Never herd of anything even resembling it - if I exclude the Aramaic language 2. No Serbian woman would call her sister Sissa. Firstly, we have a couple of terms for pet name for a sister - sejo (pronounced seyo), sešo (pronounced sesho) and seko (pronounced seko). But mostly because sissa means tit. As in boob. There you go.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lauren the Book Slayer

    The Darkwoods trilogy is easily a favorite of mine. Exploding with rich characters, unique werewolf lore, twisty plots and plenty of action; Redmerski hits all the right spots. Book one, The Mayfair Moon caught me by surprise when I read it back in January. I was slowly warming up to were-centric novels, a process seriously sped up the moment I was introduced to Isaac Mayfair. He was smoldering. The perfect eye candy. True, he had loads of secrets that were sure to cause some trouble down the ro The Darkwoods trilogy is easily a favorite of mine. Exploding with rich characters, unique werewolf lore, twisty plots and plenty of action; Redmerski hits all the right spots. Book one, The Mayfair Moon caught me by surprise when I read it back in January. I was slowly warming up to were-centric novels, a process seriously sped up the moment I was introduced to Isaac Mayfair. He was smoldering. The perfect eye candy. True, he had loads of secrets that were sure to cause some trouble down the road, but he was very protective and even sweet, at least, when he wanted to be. Like Adria, I was easily smitten. I fell for Adria as well, of course not in a romantic way but in a reader loving their main character way. She was feisty and brave. A true survivor. Having spent more than half her life in a broken home with a mother and her abusive boyfriend, Adria remained remarkably strong and true to herself. I found her high level of compassion remarkable. This I suspect was due to the short stick she’d been drawn most of her life. The one bright spot in Adria’s life was Alex, her older sister. Unfortunately after relocating to Hallowell Maine, Alex fell in with a “shady” crowd and quickly begun pulling away from Adria. This of course sent Adria towards finding new friends, new love and unfortunately new enemies… The Darkwoods trilogy is all about sacrifice, perseverance and redemption. In book one we were introduced to a somewhat coy, Adria who looked up to her sister and continued to love her mother regardless of the broken promises and bad mistakes made on a constant basis. Adria was basically thrown right into a dangerous war that had been occurring for hundreds of years between clashing werewolf clans. Instead of cowering or giving up, Adria proved that she was every bit as brave and powerful as any werewolf. She continually grew stronger, surprising not only her friends, but herself as well. The Ballad of Aramei continues Adria’s journey through self-discovery and self-empowerment. Throughout books one and two, secrets and mysteries had been piling up left and right. One of the hugest, surrounding Aramei, thankfully was answered and resolved in the final installment of the Darkwoods trilogy. I loved getting to know more about “Aramei” and the part she played. There actually turned out to be a heck of a lot of similarities between her and Adria which made the story even more interesting. We also got a little more intel on Praverians, although not as much as I would have liked. The concept of these supernatural beings is so fascinating, something truly original and one of a kind brought to us by Redmerski’s seriously awesome imagination. I realize that the big Praverian reveal will probably occur in the planned spin-off but still it would have been nice to get a little more information. I felt like little was answered yet a lot more was put into question. Except for the Praverian part, I thought Redmerski did a great job of sewing up the Darkwoods’ storyline. We got a lot of great closure, especially on a few key relationships. I thought that Adria’s character growth reached it’s peak, and that a few other character’s whose agendas were constantly put into question were revealed for good or bad. Those who needed redemption were able to seek it and those with the strongest hearts accomplished great feats of sacrifice. I only had two somewhat small quips with this book. Being the third book in a series I already loved had me pre-convinced that I’d enjoy this one. However, it took me quite a while to get into this story. At times I found that there was a lot of description and little dialogue which tended to bore me a tad. I don’t have any halfsie stars, so although I have 5 shown I give The Ballad of Aramei 4.5 stakes. Overall I’m thoroughly excited to start the spinoff! Book one is thankfully going to be released sometime in 2013.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Holy cow!! I honestly don't even know where to start with this book! It was by far one of my favorite books this year, that is for sure. From the moment I started reading I couldn't stop. Nothing was stopping me from finding out what was going to happen; not sleep, eating, even going to the bathroom and for me, those are the best kind of books. If feels like everything that I was left questioning in the previous books gets answered though I was honestly shocked about some of the turns in event. E Holy cow!! I honestly don't even know where to start with this book! It was by far one of my favorite books this year, that is for sure. From the moment I started reading I couldn't stop. Nothing was stopping me from finding out what was going to happen; not sleep, eating, even going to the bathroom and for me, those are the best kind of books. If feels like everything that I was left questioning in the previous books gets answered though I was honestly shocked about some of the turns in event. Especially when the traitor was revealed. I had a feeling it was this person but I kept hoping that I was wrong. I was really sad! I didn't want it to be this person! I've always liked Nathan in the previous books but in this book we really get to learn more about Nathan. And let me tell you, it will leave you wanting more. He's such an amazing guy and I can't believe all the things he would do and has done for Adria and Isaac. He even has a mystery girl but it's not revealed till the end just who she is. I won't spoil anything but if you're reading this J.A. Redmerski: Please give Nathan and his girl their own story!!!! Learning more about Aramei really broke my heart. I feel so bad for her and everything she has had to endure. She never really had a choice in anything and the one thing she's always wanted was to be free. But there is no doubt in my mind that she loves Trajan just as much as he loves her. I found myself being sympathetic toward Trajan; yes he's ruthless but only because he loves Aramei so much and his whole world revolves around her so when he lost her, he went crazy. All either of them wanted was to be together without anyone trying to sabotage their happiness. I'm a little sad about how things went down but I know now that at least Trajan and Aramei can finally be together fully. Even though the trilogy is over I feel like the book had an open ending and kind of left me wondering what would be next for them. I especially want to know what's going to happen to the rest of the gang: Nathan, Daisy, Harry, Alex, even Xavier. I would LOVE if they had their own books, just so I can know what happens because honestly I didn't really like the ending for them. I can tell they're all happy but there's this air of question around some of them and I FEEL like there could be more for them. I love the ending for Adria and Issac but I wouldn't object if she wanted to write more for them :) I cried, laughed, smiled, felt pretty much every emotion possible while reading this series and I'm just so incredibly happy that I took the time to check out this author. The Ballad of Aramei is an amazing conclusion and I can not wait to read her future books! *This review also appears on my blog World of Books

  14. 5 out of 5

    Inna

    Review also appears on my blog I am a huge fan of this series and I have been waiting literally forever for this book to come out. When I saw that it was released early (as an accident on the part of Amazon and BN.com) I jumped with joy. This book did not disappoint. It was a captivating, heart wrenching edge of your seat read that had me crying and laughing and tearing out my hair all the same time. ( yeah I didn't think that was possible until I read this book either.) This book picks up right Review also appears on my blog I am a huge fan of this series and I have been waiting literally forever for this book to come out. When I saw that it was released early (as an accident on the part of Amazon and BN.com) I jumped with joy. This book did not disappoint. It was a captivating, heart wrenching edge of your seat read that had me crying and laughing and tearing out my hair all the same time. ( yeah I didn't think that was possible until I read this book either.) This book picks up right where Kindred left off. Adria is getting used to her life as a werewolf but of course things are never calm for Adria and Isaac and Isaac's scary as hell alpha werewolf dad decided he's going to use Adria to communicate with Aramei even if it puts Adria at risk. Adria becomes a lot more mature in this book. After the prophecy in the last book saying she will start a war Adria becomes a lot more responsible. She makes certain choices for the better of others and then puts herself last. She faced a lot in this book. There were so many curve-balls being thrown at this girl I just wanted to give her a hug. She was a great character. She was smart, calculated, she wasn't overly naive, she definitely wasn't a Mary Sue type of heroine and she wasn't the I'll do exactly opposite of what my more experienced, better trained boyfriend tells me to do just because I'm an independent woman. She knew what battles to fight and when to step down. I loved her as a heroine and I was so happy when she got her happily ever after. Isaac. Oh how I missed my clever, hot, alpha, corny, scarier then hell when pissed off , did I say hot? werewolf. Isaac was perfect in this finale. He had his own demons to fight and decisions to make and I loved how he put Adria first. She was his everything. He stood up to his dad for her. That takes guts. And before you go all it's just his dad how bad can he be? Read this book then come talk to me. His dad is SCARY. Like if that was my father I don't think I would be able to make eye-contact and I definitely wouldn't be able to have a conversation heck I would be scared to breathe in his presence. So back on track when he stood up to his dad I was all like Isaac be my husband you are perfect. The plot was amazing. There were so many twists and turns and so many shocking reveals I don't think my jaw ever left the floor. It was intense and emotional and this one scene almost had me crying. Basically go get this book and if you haven't read the other two then why are you still here. Go pick up Mayfair Moon and Kindred. Like now.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nereid

    Adria and Isaac have their hands full, she is dealing with being a werewolf and trying to understand the bond she has uwittingly formed with Aramei. Isaac is worried about Adria and dealing with being the new Alpha has him on tenterhooks as he is desperately trying to find the traitor in their midst. These two threads set the main story line for the book and I was taken on an emotional roller coaster ride as they suspect and discount each pack member and ultimately shocked as the traitor is reve Adria and Isaac have their hands full, she is dealing with being a werewolf and trying to understand the bond she has uwittingly formed with Aramei. Isaac is worried about Adria and dealing with being the new Alpha has him on tenterhooks as he is desperately trying to find the traitor in their midst. These two threads set the main story line for the book and I was taken on an emotional roller coaster ride as they suspect and discount each pack member and ultimately shocked as the traitor is revealed. Plenty of twists and turns with revelations about Aramei's past and a valuable insight into the two men who impacted on her world. Isaac's father is such a cold ruthless monster that you love to hate yet I saw glimpses of his love for Aramei that humanised him yet they were fleeting. Each person had a role to play in this story and while the main focus was on Adria, Isaac and Aramei, the other characters were still well developed and I became invested in them. The final outcome was expected as about three quarters of the way through knowing Adria well by then, I suspected the ending yet the ramifications of her decision would still haunt her forever. I especially liked the closure at the end of the book tying up all the loose threads and the summation of what happened to the characters so you are not left hanging as some books tend to do. I really enjoyed this series and look forward to reading more books by this author.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Unquestionably the best book in the series. My one and only complaint was the ending. I felt like there were so many doors left open to more books, which I would definitely enjoy reading after this book, but it's a trilogy, which means three books and seeing as how this was book three I'm just left confused. Is there a spin off series coming? There was a lot left to Alex or Nathan's story at the end...is she planning to take up a new series about one of them? And I really didn't like the last Unquestionably the best book in the series. My one and only complaint was the ending. I felt like there were so many doors left open to more books, which I would definitely enjoy reading after this book, but it's a trilogy, which means three books and seeing as how this was book three I'm just left confused. Is there a spin off series coming? There was a lot left to Alex or Nathan's story at the end...is she planning to take up a new series about one of them? And I really didn't like the last chapter of Adria's. I see the point of it in the story, but I just don't like the separation. After everything at least have them end together. That's what I mean by too many things left open for more in the story. The entire book though had me entertained and drawn in. I loved the story with Aramei and while I am still confused by the prison scene (what was the creature she saw), I really loved how well the story progressed and was written. Very nicely done. It's rare that a final book in a series is the best because its final and you either love or hate the last bits of a story, but this book definitely was the best in the series. Maybe I feel that way because the ending didn't feel so final with how things were left and I am holding out that I'll eventually get more to the story, but even if I don't, it was a great and entertaining read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    A great ending to the trilogy, totally wasn't what I expected. Though, if I have to admit, Kindred is still my favourite in the trilogy. My Thoughts: 1. The plot was definitely action packed. There was never a dull moment. There were so many twists and turns that it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It's a very intense and emotional roller-coaster. 2. Adria has come a long way since book 1, The Mayfair Moon. Since her transition she becomes a lot more mature and responsible in this b A great ending to the trilogy, totally wasn't what I expected. Though, if I have to admit, Kindred is still my favourite in the trilogy. My Thoughts: 1. The plot was definitely action packed. There was never a dull moment. There were so many twists and turns that it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It's a very intense and emotional roller-coaster. 2. Adria has come a long way since book 1, The Mayfair Moon. Since her transition she becomes a lot more mature and responsible in this book. I like that she picks her battles instead of impulsively jumping into situations. 3. My favourite part of this book is reading the scenes from Aramei`s mind. She`s such a tragically beautiful character that it`s heart-breaking to read. I cannot begin to understand how she must feel after surviving 200 years of being trapped within her body but never allowed to experience life. 4. There isn't alot of romantic scenes between Adria and Isaac, but from what I've read, their relationship is stronger than ever and I'm so happy that they finally get their HEA. 5. The pacing is comfortable for the majority of the book. But I can`t but feel that the multiple POVs at the last few chapters made the ending feel a little abrupt. It does get a little predictable but the intensity and suspense made it such a page-turning that it kept me reading.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Belle

    “In everything together,” she goes on, her voice breaking, “we live and fight and die together.” Not even death can make me forget you, or forget that I love you. Great wrap up to this addictively enticing series. So many unanswered questions got cleared up in this book, and I loved how we finally saw who Aramei was before the Bloodbond and how drastically it changed both her personality and life. You see her rapid deterioration, how Victor was consumed with obsession and how it effected Trajan' “In everything together,” she goes on, her voice breaking, “we live and fight and die together.” Not even death can make me forget you, or forget that I love you. Great wrap up to this addictively enticing series. So many unanswered questions got cleared up in this book, and I loved how we finally saw who Aramei was before the Bloodbond and how drastically it changed both her personality and life. You see her rapid deterioration, how Victor was consumed with obsession and how it effected Trajan's sanity. (view spoiler)[As much as I can understand how Trajan loved her so much he could not let her die, the way he retaliated and treated his own children was disgusting. At least Aramei was finally freed from the prison in her mind. (hide spoiler)] What I truly loved about this book however, was not the love between Isaac and Adria like the other two books, but how we saw the story through all the main characters at some point in the novel. (Namely, Harry, Isaac, Adria and then even Nathan, Xavier, Alex etc) The "traitor" in this book was both expected and unexpected.. if you read it you will get what I mean. Definitely recommend this book.. but make sure the first two are read before or you will have NO clue what is happening haha. I give it a 4.5/5!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Aptly named, The Ballad of Aramei is just that, a ballad. It is just the most beautiful and perfect ending to this series. Anybody that put down the series after the first book needs to pick it back up, totally worth it. You know those books where you know the author is building to something epic and then you get there and are totally let down by the lame ending? Well, this one DELIVERS! I was squealing with anxiety and excitement by the end of the book. It was...awesome. She told the ending thr Aptly named, The Ballad of Aramei is just that, a ballad. It is just the most beautiful and perfect ending to this series. Anybody that put down the series after the first book needs to pick it back up, totally worth it. You know those books where you know the author is building to something epic and then you get there and are totally let down by the lame ending? Well, this one DELIVERS! I was squealing with anxiety and excitement by the end of the book. It was...awesome. She told the ending through several different characters and picked just the right person to tell the story through for the scene she was writing. It was brilliant. She had so many irons in the fire by the end of the book, I wasn't sure she was going to pull it off, but she did and I can't wait for The DarkSouls Trilogy, where the questions she didn't answer are most likely to be answered!! Full review can be found on The Indie Bookshelf

  20. 4 out of 5

    Arlene

    One of the best trilogy I had read..I read the whole trilogy on a weekend...Couldn't put it down...What a wonderful series about werewolf...I have read my share of lycanthrope story, one I love another I didn't care for, but "The darkwoods trilogy", is one of the best there is..It didn't have much action but when it did, it blow my mine away...Specially the final book, I was very skittish at the final show down...Going to miss all the characters..Even thou Ms. J.A. Redmerski ended the series, bu One of the best trilogy I had read..I read the whole trilogy on a weekend...Couldn't put it down...What a wonderful series about werewolf...I have read my share of lycanthrope story, one I love another I didn't care for, but "The darkwoods trilogy", is one of the best there is..It didn't have much action but when it did, it blow my mine away...Specially the final book, I was very skittish at the final show down...Going to miss all the characters..Even thou Ms. J.A. Redmerski ended the series, but she could had keep going with it..I see a Nathan story line and put Adria and Isaac as secondary characters and I could see a story for Harry as well...I highly recommend this series.. I just became a fan of Ms. J.A. Redmerski..I love this series..Wish there were more :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Hoehne

    this book was so awesome!! I'm soo sad that that was the last book:( I thought it was awesome that we got to see things from isaac and Harry's point of view too. seeing aramei's past was also interesting and everything was so unpredictable! I also thought Xavier was cute too. I'm hoping that even though it was only a trilogy J.A. Redmerski will make more of these books but maybe from their kids point of view...:) this book was amazing and I <3 isaac! this book was so awesome!! I'm soo sad that that was the last book:( I thought it was awesome that we got to see things from isaac and Harry's point of view too. seeing aramei's past was also interesting and everything was so unpredictable! I also thought Xavier was cute too. I'm hoping that even though it was only a trilogy J.A. Redmerski will make more of these books but maybe from their kids point of view...:) this book was amazing and I <3 isaac!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Belkis

    This one was chock full of surprises and nonstop heart thumping action. So many twists and turns. Such an exciting ending to this trilogy. Really enjoyed this story. Very interesting characters and plot. Looking forward Nathan's book and hope we get to see the future of the many wonderful characters from this Darkwoods trilogy. This one was chock full of surprises and nonstop heart thumping action. So many twists and turns. Such an exciting ending to this trilogy. Really enjoyed this story. Very interesting characters and plot. Looking forward Nathan's book and hope we get to see the future of the many wonderful characters from this Darkwoods trilogy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Dalton

    I am not usually too much into werewolves, but this trilogy really grabbed me. I am loving this author and her writing style. I thought it was a really good ending to a surprisingly good series!! Paranormal lovers, give these a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed! I am not usually too much into werewolves, but this trilogy really grabbed me. I am loving this author and her writing style. I thought it was a really good ending to a surprisingly good series!! Paranormal lovers, give these a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elaina

    Wow, what a roller coaster of a book. The Ballad of Aramei was fast paced, full of non stop action, suspense, romance, and so many unexpected twists and turns. Even when I figured something out, it didn't happen the way I thought it would. A perfect end to the series. Wow, what a roller coaster of a book. The Ballad of Aramei was fast paced, full of non stop action, suspense, romance, and so many unexpected twists and turns. Even when I figured something out, it didn't happen the way I thought it would. A perfect end to the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    What an epic ending to a brilliantly written series! J.A. Redmerski does a wonderful job pulling readers into the story and letting you ride out the emotional roller coaster straight thru to the end. There was no stone left untouched with this series and I loved it!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    So sad that this trilogy is over, but I loved this book and thought it was exactly what the story arc needed. I cannot wait for the spin-off series to come out!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristi, A Book Fanatic

    Loved the finale of this trilogy!!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Halcon

    I will miss this series. Great ending for wonderful characters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    LeeSha

    Great end to the story, not what I expected at all. Wow

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    Omg!!! You know you're reading a good book when you yell out "What the f**k!" while reading ;) SHOCKING moments.....best Werewolf book I've read! Omg!!! You know you're reading a good book when you yell out "What the f**k!" while reading ;) SHOCKING moments.....best Werewolf book I've read!

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