Book review: The Shattered Sphere (Sol's Harvest #4) by M.D. Presley


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Never passing up the opportunity to speak about himself in the third person, M.D. Presley is not nearly as clever as he thinks he is. Born and raised in Texas, he spent several years on the East Coast and now waits for the West Coast to shake him loose. His favorite words include defenestrate, callipygian, and Algonquin. The fact that monosyllabic is such a long word keeps him up at night.

Publisher: M.D. Presley (August 15, 2023) Length: 455 Formats: ebook

All things come to an end, even the endless flow. “The Shattered Sphere” provides a satisfying and genuinely surprising conclusion to Sol’s Harvest series. The previous books laid the foundation, delving into the lives and backgrounds of the main characters, their circumstances, and the world divided by civil war. I had my theories about the directions the plot could take and couldn’t wait to put them to the test.
M.D. Presley proved me wrong. Mostly.
Marta paid a steep price to protect Caddie, her surrogate daughter. It meant leaving her homeland behind and seeking refuge elsewhere. Now, she faces new challenges. An example? Caddie firmly believes she is the embodiment of Sol, and her extraordinary abilities and miraculous feats give credence to her claims.
Glassmen continue their treacherous politics and the war seems unavoidable. Revealing more about the fourth and final installment would spoil the experience for you, so I’ll refrain from doing so.
In my opinion, Sol’s Harvest is one of the most underrated indie fantasy series out there. I can’t figure out why? It has it all: captivating and nuanced world-building, memorable (though not likable) characters, compelling magic, and a tightly woven plot. And when I say tight, I mean every detail and every storyline intertwine to create a breathtaking climax.
The Shattered Sphere connects Ayr’s myths with its current geopolitics and character drama. I thoroughly appreciated the deep dive into Waer and Sol’s mythos as well as their complicated relationships with humanity. On the flip side, these parts slow down the pace a bit. There’s a payoff, of course, as they make the climax powerful and impactful. However, before you get there a steep learning curve awaits you.
The Shattered Sphere ends in a most unexpected way and makes Sol’s Harvest a brilliant series. I’ve enjoyed my time with the world of Ayr, its myths, and Marta Childress and her unexpected allies and foes. Give this series a try, seriously.

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