Review: The Chalice of Malvron (Argetallam Saga #3) by Elizabeth Wheatley

on Feb 5, 2018
Janir Caersynn Argetallam wakes in Adasha with little memory and no certainty of what is real. The Argetallams around her claim to be family, yet feel like strangers. But with war approaching, she fears questioning her loyalties. 

When the Argetallams bring an arcane artifact into the war against the Brevains, Janir stands with them despite her reservations. Only when she meets Saoven and Karile, two spies for the Brevians, does it become clear her past holds secrets far more dangerous than she imagined. 

With invasion imminent and mere days to choose, the time comes to take a side. Faced with two versions of the truth, she must either betray the family she has come to love or a homeland she can't remember. 

Young Adult Fantasy

5 out of 5 Stars


We're staying in the Argetallam Saga a bit longer with todays review...I hope that's okay with you all.^_^  In the future I'll try to avoid doing the same author two weeks in a row, so that way we have something for everyone. I've just been loving this series so much that I had to jump right into the next book. ;)

This third installment of the series brings a whole new layer to the world and characters that we've come to know and love. With Janir now in Argetallam territory with no memory of her Brevian adopted father, or her friends, the Lord Argetallam attempts to assimilate Janir back into the royal family.

This novel was actually a little hard to read at times. Not because it wasn't good, it was. It was just hard to read about Janirs struggles.  It made me so sad when Janir was lied to and manipulated by the people pretending to care about her. The same people that hunted and tortured Janir are now sitting at a table eating dinner with her. It was creepy to say the least. Also the moment when a certain elf shows up and Janir doesn't remember him. Can you hear that sound? It's my heart breaking. *sobbing*

Janir is one strong girl. Like for real. Honestly I don't think any of the previous books compare to how high the stakes were in this installment. Janir is fighting to remember, she can sense that something isn't quite right. I did feel a little bit like I was watching a horror movie at times, I wanted to yell out: stop talking to Kenistrith, she's a bat crap crazy loon!

My favorite part of the book was when Saoven shows up. His appearance makes the conflict within Janir even stronger, in a good way. He sparks something and I love that they have such a profound connection. I want to say more but I also don't want to give away any spoilers. Lets just say their scenes together hit me right in the feels.

While it's clear that some Argetallams are kind of pure evil *cough* Kenistrith *cough*, not all Argetallams are inherently evil. Janir is living proof of that. I love the amount of time that Wheatley spends humanizing all her characters. There is no simple evil. Everybody has the capacity for great evil or great good. In particular I enjoyed the character of Cyrulius, much like Lucan, we can see Cyrulius develop some doubts about the Argetallam agenda. And in quite moments he can be quite compassionate, and in others not so much. Never the less I hope to see more of him as the story progresses.

The story actually opens with a prologue from Lucans point-of-view. The person who at one point hated Janir more than anyone. This provides him with a unique perspective and he, like other Wheatley characters, have a complexity and depth that go beyond their first appearance.

I think it's pretty safe to say I'm hooked in this series. While I try to decide which book to read next I would love it if you would leave a comment and let me know what you think of this review. I hope you enjoyed it! Happy reading!

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