Flame by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Posted February 2, 2014 | 22 Comments

Flame by Amy Kathleen RyanFlame
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Series: Sky Chasers #3
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Waverly and the other members of the Empyrean have scattered, and their home ship has been destroyed. Their mission to rescue their parents didn't go as planned, and now they're at an even greater disadvantage: trapped with their enemies on the New Horizon, trying to find a way to survive. Kieran has been pulled under Anne Mather’s wing, but is she really trying to make peace, or just using Kieran to build her own power? Meanwhile, Waverly is taken in by a mysterious old man who wants to help her bring Anne Mather down—but the more Waverly cooperates with him, the more dangerous her position is, and the more at odds with Kieran she becomes.

Seth's situation is even worse. After setting out from the Empyrean on his own, with only a vague strategy to guide him, he is a fugitive aboard the New Horizon. He's doing what he can to challenge the power of Anne Mather, but he's badly hurt, and getting sicker.

Will Seth ever see Waverly again? Will his health hold out long enough to help her topple their enemies? And will Waverly find a way to unite with her friends before they all fall? Nothing is sure and every moment is a risk in this explosive finale of the Sky Chasers series.

There are a lot series that are coming to an end this year, and the Sky Chasers Trilogy in one of the many that are on the long list. Flame is the final book, and was one of my most anticipated reads. I was completely blown away when I read Glow and was very impressed with Spark. They are both wonderful books, so I was expecting nothing but greatness from Flame. Although I enjoyed it a lot, it didn’t have the same impact as the previous books.

Spark left us with a killer cliffhanger, and Flame picks up right from the moment we left off. Since there is no easing into it or recapping, I was glad that I took notes. Unfortunately, my notes sucked, so I ended up rereading the last few chapters of Spark before diving into Flame. I could remember bigger important aspects of the previous books, but not so much when it came to certain details. So I felt a bit out of sorts at first, but it didn’t take very long to get back into the Sky Chasers world.

What I’ve loved about these books is the complexity of the characters. Some are easy to love, but others are not. Yet, even though they aren’t easy to love, you get an understanding of why they do and say the things they do. What was once black and white, is blurred into various shades of gray. If someone does something bad, does that mean they are automatically a bad person? I also loved how they examined the different leadership styles, uses of power, and belief systems. There are a lot of great ethical and philosophical questions raised, which were done really well.

The characters dealt with a lot of issues throughout the series, both externally and internally. They were all thrust into situations and roles that they were not ready for, and they made plenty of mistakes along the way. However, I liked the mistakes they made. Weird, right? But I found them realistic and necessary for the characters to learn and grow from. Waverly continues to be the smart rebellious girl I love, and Kieran has come a long way from when we met him in the first book. Sam is the one who I’ve felt the most growth from, though, and became one of my favorite characters of the series. He didn’t always make the best choices, and was definitely rough around the edges, but turned out to be a wonderful character.

The first two books packed a lot of meaningful punches that always left me feeling reflective, but Flame felt a bit different. Not bad, just different. It was more like a last stand, everything came down to this. In Flame, we encounter twists and turns, not knowing who to trust or who to turn to. I was constantly wondering how they were going to get through it all. It did feel like it dragged a bit at parts, but really, even those moments were interesting. Ultimately, though, I was pleased with the way everything turned out. If you know me, then you know that could mean they all went down in flames, they all lived happily ever after, or anything in between. Either way, I was happy with it. So you’ll just have to find out for yourself. 😉

I definitely recommend the Sky Chasers Trilogy, but I also recommend reading them close together. Actually I would treat the second and third books more like one big book. I think it would have a bigger impact going into Flame soon after reading Spark.

Sky Chasers Trilogy


Glow (book #1): Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Spark (book #2): Review | Goodreads | Amazon


22 responses to “Flame by Amy Kathleen Ryan

  1. Why have all of the final books flopped or been just good? Is it us? Do we build them up and they fail? I am glad to hear you liked the ending ..I am like you where as long as it makes sense I do not need an HEA or neatly wrapped up ending to be satisfied. Wonderful review

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    • Christy

      I was wondering that when I was reading this book. Part of me thinks it is me, but I also think part of it was because the last two books were split up the way they were. It was too long after the high of Spark to fully get those feelings back.

    • Christy

      I’m fine as long as their good, like Flame was, but just get peeved when they end like Enders did. Grr. I think Into the Still Blue has been the only really strong ending I’ve read lately. So far, anyway.

  2. “Ultimately, though, I was pleased with the way everything turned out. If you know me, then you know that could mean they all went down in flames, they all lived happily ever after, or anything in between.”

    You are a cruel woman Christy! I’m a reader that needs a happy ending, so if I give this series a try I’ll be emailing you to see how it all ends before I dive in! It’s a shame this last book wasn’t quite as strong as the first two, but it seems like overall it was a solid conclusion:) Fantastic review!

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    • Christy

      I know some people don’t like knowing if there is a HEA because it takes the suspense out of it, so I try not to say too much. I’ll tell you if you want to know though! 😀

    • Christy

      I think each cover is supposed to represent the title of the book. I think if I could’ve read the last two books closer together, I would’ve enjoyed it more. It was too long after the book high and being so invested to really get those feeling back.

  3. What did my mama teach me? If I’ve got nothing nice to say… in this case, I’m just blah… I never got into this series so I probably won’t start it b/c I’d just be blah about the conclusion probably. I’ve already got 3 series endings piled up waiting to be read b/c I’m afraid of the ending. What a crappy comment, huh???

    But from your BRILLIANT review (how’s that for a turn around?) I can tell I should just stick to my TBR…

    Sometimes I just want to comment, though… what to say, what to say…

  4. There are a lot of series enders this year, the one I’m most excited but terrified for is the Blood of Eden series, so dreading it :(. Yay for no recapping, though I guess depends on the book, sometimes it annoys me but if it’s a complicated setting, then I’m glad for it. I haven’t actually finished reading Glow yet, I bought the hardcover when it first came out without knowing much about it, and this is where the ‘me before blogging’ preferences come into it, because I looked at some reviews, which mentioned the religious aspect, and that kind of put me right off it. I wish I hadn’t because I really do love ‘thinker’ books, and I don’t think doing a bad thing necessarily make you a bad person, you’re just a person who done a bad thing, and it all comes down to circumstances of that person/character. No one’s ever going all going to agree on characters decisions, but if it’s something that’ll make them grow and evolve, all for it. Shame you didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous, but glad you liked it. 🙂

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  5. I found Glow really disturbing and it made me angry so I never picked up the sequel lol It is a crazy setting. So many issues the characters have to deal with. I didn’t like the annoying love triangle beginning.

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