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When her most closely guarded secrets are laid bare, how will Kira survive the inevitable fall out—and will anybody be standing beside her in the end? Traveling to the planet of Jettie in the hopes of finding safe harbor for her niece, Kira arrives only to find their destination host to the quorum—a series of dangerous contests that hold the power to decide the fate of empi When her most closely guarded secrets are laid bare, how will Kira survive the inevitable fall out—and will anybody be standing beside her in the end? Traveling to the planet of Jettie in the hopes of finding safe harbor for her niece, Kira arrives only to find their destination host to the quorum—a series of dangerous contests that hold the power to decide the fate of empires. With little choice but to participate, it doesn’t take long for Kira to find herself knee deep in enemies. Surrounded on all sides, Kira will have to face her worst fear. Trusting others with the truth. Because it’s becoming clear the tsavitee are no longer content to exist in the shadows. War is coming—and everything Kira thought she once knew is about to change.


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When her most closely guarded secrets are laid bare, how will Kira survive the inevitable fall out—and will anybody be standing beside her in the end? Traveling to the planet of Jettie in the hopes of finding safe harbor for her niece, Kira arrives only to find their destination host to the quorum—a series of dangerous contests that hold the power to decide the fate of empi When her most closely guarded secrets are laid bare, how will Kira survive the inevitable fall out—and will anybody be standing beside her in the end? Traveling to the planet of Jettie in the hopes of finding safe harbor for her niece, Kira arrives only to find their destination host to the quorum—a series of dangerous contests that hold the power to decide the fate of empires. With little choice but to participate, it doesn’t take long for Kira to find herself knee deep in enemies. Surrounded on all sides, Kira will have to face her worst fear. Trusting others with the truth. Because it’s becoming clear the tsavitee are no longer content to exist in the shadows. War is coming—and everything Kira thought she once knew is about to change.

30 review for Threshold of Annihilation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Giorgia ~ Reads

    5 stars How many books will there be in this series?! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I want as many as possible but I can’t handle waiting yet a few more months for the next part and so on. I love Kira as much as I loved Shea (a heroine from this authors other series). I’m a sucker for stories about badass women- lately this description has kind of lost its meaning but I feel like this character is the very definition of it. That woman is the reason a war was won. She is so intelligent and capabl 5 stars How many books will there be in this series?! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I want as many as possible but I can’t handle waiting yet a few more months for the next part and so on. I love Kira as much as I loved Shea (a heroine from this authors other series). I’m a sucker for stories about badass women- lately this description has kind of lost its meaning but I feel like this character is the very definition of it. That woman is the reason a war was won. She is so intelligent and capable and damn, I wanna be her! This story definitely has a bit of a “chosen one” feel to it, although that’s not quite clear yet, because of all the twists and secrets that keep popping up. Can’t wait for the next book to come out.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀

    Holy fuck HOLY FUCK Its here!!!!! Expectations for Firebird 3 may contain spoilers: Dear Kira, I know that you a bad bitch. Jin knows that you a bad bitch. Flynn has begrudgingly admitted it. But you are letting THE REST OF THE GODDAMN WORLD TRAMPLE ALL OVER YOU AND I WILL NOT HAVE IT! Your secrets and schemes are slowly becoming uncovered. So the whole denial thing on Graydon's involvement-- is sorta a moot point now. You either need to kill his ass, run the fuck away from him or accept his godda Holy fuck HOLY FUCK Its here!!!!! Expectations for Firebird 3 may contain spoilers: Dear Kira, I know that you a bad bitch. Jin knows that you a bad bitch. Flynn has begrudgingly admitted it. But you are letting THE REST OF THE GODDAMN WORLD TRAMPLE ALL OVER YOU AND I WILL NOT HAVE IT! Your secrets and schemes are slowly becoming uncovered. So the whole denial thing on Graydon's involvement-- is sorta a moot point now. You either need to kill his ass, run the fuck away from him or accept his goddamn help. I think you know which one I am voting for. KILL HIM...haha jk kidding...unless ?? But follow my logic: This entire time, you Kira have been keeping secrets BECAUSE everyone considers you a (1) child, (2) small barbarian, (3) a traitor to humanity. People on all sides are constantly trying to control you and manipulate you into situations. Also, let's get real if you couldn't have said "No" to meeting your parental planets, then really why the fuck do you think humans or aliens will suddenly take you seriously enough to engage on battle plans once you finally share your knowledge??! You need to assert yourself on a higher level. Not just a warrior, but as a Leader and Decision-maker. Otherwise, you will share your knowledge then *boom* get locked in a room somewhere while the "big kids" *cough Graydon cough* try to fix it themselves. Which we all know will go extremely poorly. You also need to take some self-reflection on your friends there. Because Jin with his major secret obviously needs more attention. The adopted kiddo deserves a goddamn explanation. Your information on your 'dead friend' is starting to look pretty damn inaccurate. And I'm curious where Odin the computer mastermind has gone because she obviously got a whole secret network that you are heavily involved in and can utilize to solve your current lack of information. And finally. I would love you to really develop your powers. Purposefully. Not just a disaster suddenly triggering some new abiltiies. But you, Kira making an effort to actually *finally* understand your abilities. Cuz I mean the whole "bomb" ability you have going on is clearly powerful but severely limited. Work on using your abiltiies more casually--a more variety of powers. Show us who the FIREBIRD really is with your primus form. AKA, put Graydon down on his ASS. And I mean you have visited BOTH of your parental planets but haven't really researched whether your ability is... oh i dunno... GENETIC?? Family abilities??? Sacred knowledge to pass onto you if you could stop and actually listen? Or better yet sneak around and figure it out for yo self ... just saying... You are resourceful. You are cunning. But your stubbornness is preventing you from monopolizing on the informational pools available at your feet, if you are only sneaky enough to get to it. We want you to show everyone the real power of Kira-- your ability to take the punches, the sneaky backup plans, your protective instincts, and best of all: your ability to sass any goddamn person even during intense battle scenes Sincerely, The Firebird Fan Club I highly recommend checking out this series--- its the kind you read BOTH because you love the characters --their strengths, their goals, their hilarious dynamics together-- AND cuz ya just gotta found out what happens next in this mega plot-twisting world My Review of Firdbird 1 and My Review of Firebird 2

  3. 5 out of 5

    Corina

    so, to all my fantasy romance peeps!!! Read this series! Start with ☞ Rules of Redemption It has everything we love, a great story, strong world building, and a heroine that stands on her own feet. And OMG the writing is SO GOOD. Don't hesitate, you'll thank me later :D ALMOST FIVE STARS!!! Wow, wow, wow!! I love this series. I love the writing. And I'm absolutely hooked on the story. Each time I finish one book, I can't wait to read the next one. It's fascinating how the author connects the dots, and so, to all my fantasy romance peeps!!! Read this series! Start with ☞ Rules of Redemption It has everything we love, a great story, strong world building, and a heroine that stands on her own feet. And OMG the writing is SO GOOD. Don't hesitate, you'll thank me later :D ALMOST FIVE STARS!!! Wow, wow, wow!! I love this series. I love the writing. And I'm absolutely hooked on the story. Each time I finish one book, I can't wait to read the next one. It's fascinating how the author connects the dots, and keeps on writing spellbinding storylines. If you love space adventures, with a kick ass heroine, and an amazing cast you'll LOVE this series. AND there is a love interest. One that has been supportive of the heroine from the very first book. I love them together, and just adore the way the author gives them time to figure it out. No drama. Instead amazing world building, and one fabulous plot. A series I can only recommend!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    3.5 stars I really should have re-read the second book before reading this one. There are so many minor secondary characters (looking at you, oshotas) and I couldn't keep any of them straight (besides Finn). And then of course even MORE characters get added, and so I was just lost at times. I did enjoy the parts of the overall plot that moved forward - mainly Kira and Graydon's relationship, the mystery behind Elena, and the reason why Jin won't easily be accepted by the Tuann. However, other plot 3.5 stars I really should have re-read the second book before reading this one. There are so many minor secondary characters (looking at you, oshotas) and I couldn't keep any of them straight (besides Finn). And then of course even MORE characters get added, and so I was just lost at times. I did enjoy the parts of the overall plot that moved forward - mainly Kira and Graydon's relationship, the mystery behind Elena, and the reason why Jin won't easily be accepted by the Tuann. However, other plot points from the previous books were basically dropped all together - Kira's training with Wren only happens once, she barely directly interacts with Himoto, and there are no insights into what the Tsavitee are planning overall. But there is just enough new information given, especially about Kira's past, to keep the reader wanting to continue on with this series and find out what happens next. Oh and can I just say Raider is an ass and/or the author really missed a major plot point? (view spoiler)[I mean, who gets introduced to a daughter they didn't even know existed at the very beginning of the book and then literally doesn't bother to have a single one-on-one conversation with her in the course of the entire book? It made no sense. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    I don't know how the author does it, but this series just gets better and better with each book. I stayed up way too late finishing this up because I just couldn't put the book down. I just love it when a book grabs you right at the beginning and you can just sink down into the story as if you are right there. There is just so much of what I love in this series. The heroine is like an underdog. She is highly underestimated and I get such a kick out of everyone's reactions when she does the unexp I don't know how the author does it, but this series just gets better and better with each book. I stayed up way too late finishing this up because I just couldn't put the book down. I just love it when a book grabs you right at the beginning and you can just sink down into the story as if you are right there. There is just so much of what I love in this series. The heroine is like an underdog. She is highly underestimated and I get such a kick out of everyone's reactions when she does the unexpected. I also love that she is so casual about all the things she can do. The way she reacts to those trying to push her buttons or even the ones who see her as hero. I love her fierce protectiveness and loyalty to those she sees fit to give to. Her and Jin are just very entertaining to read about. Graydon. One of my favorite heroes to date. He's got all the markings for a great hero. He's very powerful. He's intense. He's well respected. He's also just as loyal and fierce in his protection as Kira is. I also really love how he is pursuing Kira. This is a very slow burn but it definitely is not lacking in Romance. You can just feel the pull between these two. I'm also enjoying the heck outta all the side characters. There are many of them and they all play a big part in this series and what they could mean to Kira. There is still many things to discover in this series. I find that I really like how the author navigates telling her story. I honestly just can't wait for more. I imagine when the final book comes out, I will be very sad to say goodbye to all these characters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tyi

    I loved it!! There was so much to unpack and digest in the book. I read it just as soon as it was published, but I've needed this long to come to terms with all the drama which unfolded. I loved the progression of Kira's relationship with Graydon. They finally release some of their secrets to each other, and begin to trust each other a whole lot more. The kid! God she is such a brat. It's so obvious that Jin and Kira were the ones to raise her. There were so many of my questions answered in t I loved it!! There was so much to unpack and digest in the book. I read it just as soon as it was published, but I've needed this long to come to terms with all the drama which unfolded. I loved the progression of Kira's relationship with Graydon. They finally release some of their secrets to each other, and begin to trust each other a whole lot more. The kid! God she is such a brat. It's so obvious that Jin and Kira were the ones to raise her. There were so many of my questions answered in this novel, but what you've gotta love about T. A. White, is that the more questions she answers, the more she raises. (view spoiler)[ 1. When Kira wonders about transferring Jin's soul into a human body, is that a foreshadowing of future events? 2. Will Jin and Odin end up together? 3. Who is the Tsavitee general? 4. How will the 43 adjust to the Tuann's overprotective ways? 5. What is the extra in their genetics? 6. When is the next book coming ouuuut? I'm so excited for it! (hide spoiler)]

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ira

    I really really really LOVE it! ❤️❤️❤️ Go, read this series!! I add a bit of comments here. I read an extra story about Selene in the author’s blog. You will knew her, after reading this book. I really hope these lost children will reunite with their families after I found the broken family’s story who are grieving for decades. It wasn’t their fault this tragedy happened and the real villains should paid for their crimes with Kira and Jin, leading the revenge assaults! ❤️

  8. 4 out of 5

    ☘ Lily ☘

    So... shit went down at the end of this book. I think we all need to meet the Forty Three. The thing with Jin finally moved one step forward. We get to know more about Kira's past. The whole competition bit there was actually entertaining (and didn't turn me off). Graydon was super charismatic and yummy as usual. And the best thing, THEY FINALLY DID IT. 😉 All in all, it met my expectation to the T and now I have to wait some more for the next book. 😥 So... shit went down at the end of this book. I think we all need to meet the Forty Three. The thing with Jin finally moved one step forward. We get to know more about Kira's past. The whole competition bit there was actually entertaining (and didn't turn me off). Graydon was super charismatic and yummy as usual. And the best thing, THEY FINALLY DID IT. 😉 All in all, it met my expectation to the T and now I have to wait some more for the next book. 😥

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    Still not as good as book 1, but yes way better than book 2. Unfortunately so many things did not add up from that book that it’s still a bit jarring. She’s not trusting but she is. She’s 90 going on 20. And here again, less smack in your face but they are there. And the Tuann’s are difficult to empathise when dealing with “children”... or the threats honestly. The final twist wasn’t solid in my mind. But lots of point weren’t including the code. Childish doesn’t cover it. Not well thought at al Still not as good as book 1, but yes way better than book 2. Unfortunately so many things did not add up from that book that it’s still a bit jarring. She’s not trusting but she is. She’s 90 going on 20. And here again, less smack in your face but they are there. And the Tuann’s are difficult to empathise when dealing with “children”... or the threats honestly. The final twist wasn’t solid in my mind. But lots of point weren’t including the code. Childish doesn’t cover it. Not well thought at all. But maybe it’s personal. Anyway I enjoyed it and read in one sitting. Please read Linda and Holly’s reviews they are spot on. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... To read or not to read, this is the question. After book 2 disappointment I’m a little leery, I admit. Will she be a grownup as in book 1 or will she revert to high school as in book 2?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Al *the semi serial series skipper*

    As usual this book did not disappoint. At this point there is nothing Kira and Grayson can do that would make me love them any less. I wish that I had started this journey when the entire series was out because the book withdrawal I always have after reading about this two is something else. Can't wait till the next book. As usual this book did not disappoint. At this point there is nothing Kira and Grayson can do that would make me love them any less. I wish that I had started this journey when the entire series was out because the book withdrawal I always have after reading about this two is something else. Can't wait till the next book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katyana

    Man. Man. It was so good, and I'm crying my eyeballs out. This is definitely one of my favorite series... Can't freaking wait for the next one. I'm not ready to leave this world. Jumping into a re-read starting at book 1. I promise I'll leave a better review after the second pass. First re-read Man, I just love it even more. Parts of it just break my heart, but overall it is so good. Okay, so, speculation. In book 2 we found the generals actually also have a second form, making them very like Tuann Man. Man. It was so good, and I'm crying my eyeballs out. This is definitely one of my favorite series... Can't freaking wait for the next one. I'm not ready to leave this world. Jumping into a re-read starting at book 1. I promise I'll leave a better review after the second pass. First re-read Man, I just love it even more. Parts of it just break my heart, but overall it is so good. Okay, so, speculation. In book 2 we found the generals actually also have a second form, making them very like Tuann primus. They even look similar. This points to a common origin ... They are likely related to the Tuann, experiments that were unable to escape the way the Tuann did. Aeron laments that despite Kira being called Savior, she never came to save them because they just weren't the favored children. We know Odin was somehow enslaved to the Masters before Kira freed her, and her people still are - that's why she's working with Kira, to find her people and free them. I expect the generals are in this same boat, bound to the Masters with no real free will. Aeron said they don't free themselves because they have to stay to protect their children. (view spoiler)[So in this book, we see Elise - freed at some point, though not before she likely suffered years of torture, given the way she looked to Kira - working alongside a general who seems to be rebelling. Elise tells Kira that Kira can help by keeping her promise to Odin. That Elise can't abandon them because they remind her too much of them... when they were trapped in the camps, being tortured and experimented on, I assume. The question is, how much do the Tuann know? They had their head in the sand with the Tsavitee. Do they know they are related to the generals? They seemed to believe the Masters were all dead, which means their heads were REALLY in the sand. They seemed shocked at Aeron's transformation into a general, which makes it seem like the Tuann know very little. I can't help but feel that if they did know, they'd feel some sense of responsibility. I think it's time for Kira to put all the cards on the table. (hide spoiler)] Other thoughts, in no particular order: - I missed Harlow in this book. I want to see Kira get the father figure she deserves. Himoto is a complicated person, and I have some respect for him ((view spoiler)[and yeah, I cried, but it was at least 50% because Kira would have to live with all the unfinished business/things unsaid between them (hide spoiler)] ), but Kira has never know the pure, unconditional love of family. She deserves that, and I like Harlow. I think he could be that person. - Fuck the forty-three. Seriously, I do not like them at all. They abandoned Kira and Jin, then later pranced into their lives to make demands and threats, even attempting to kill them several times when Kira didn't obey. They have never helped Kira and Jin. They are selfish, self-absorbed, and at least as flawed as the Tuann with their secrecy, entitled bullshit, and superiority complex. I want Kira to leave them in the cold, not help them even one fucking iota after the way they have treated her. Fuck all of them. Even Selene - her condescension was gross, and I'm glad Kira threw in her face that she was with Finn because it was nice that someone had her back FOR ONCE - and especially Alexander. - I can't wait for things to unfold with Jin. I'm seriously dying over here. - I can't wait for the Tuann to realize they are just as corrupted as the humans they look down on... And that they can't do this alone, they need the humans and Haldeel. - I'm really glad for the forward movement with Kira and Graydon, especially the no more secrets (as long as said secrets are theirs to share). I hope this is just the start of them working together rather than around each other. I hope we get the next one soon!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rach0le

    October! Just in time for my birthday! I love this trilogy and even if you finish the story arch the world is amazing! Keep writing it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    3.5 stars I love the world and characters White has created with this series. Book one was fantastic. Book two was a little disappointing. Book three, which picks up immediately after the events of book two, is a bit of a mixed bag. There are significant advances in multiple plot lines, with some very satisfying and some difficult events. We get insight into a number of complex relationships and uncover more secrets and betrayals and get a glimpse at some major clashes to come. However, for much of 3.5 stars I love the world and characters White has created with this series. Book one was fantastic. Book two was a little disappointing. Book three, which picks up immediately after the events of book two, is a bit of a mixed bag. There are significant advances in multiple plot lines, with some very satisfying and some difficult events. We get insight into a number of complex relationships and uncover more secrets and betrayals and get a glimpse at some major clashes to come. However, for much of the book, we are treated to repeated scenarios of people disparaging or underestimating Kira and Kira displaying her mad skills in everything from fighting to wave board riding to negotiating dangerous mazes. You’d think at some point word would get out that she was a bit of a badass, but the challenges just keep coming, many of which do little to advance the story. I also continue to have trouble accepting the aggressively overprotective actions of the Tuann with respect to “children.” While ninety years old certainly may be young for a species that can live for thousands of years, at what age do they consider someone to have reached adulthood? How can they ignore the fact that a “child” has been independent for many decades? As a bit of a weird aside, if Kira still is considered a child, how can Grayson at the same time view her with interest in a very adult way? There also are some proofreading and editing issues that at times got in the way of the story. There were simple things like wrong or missing words along with some nagging inconsistencies. One example: If Kira had been with the other (older) kidnapped children for decades in the camp, how could she not have known that they were Tuann, not human? It’s clear the 43 are aware of their origins and even likely knew at least some of their family identities. While I’ve spent more time on the negatives in this review, it’s mostly because I think this is a good series that could be truly great. This book reveals some significant events and backstory that are crucial to the series and I look forward to seeing where White takes us from here.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Happily Deranged

    3 stars. It took me more determination than I care to admit to read every word and not start skimming. I just didn’t feel it as much as I did the 2 previous books. We all knew Kira was a super special snowflake, but turns out she is an uber extra super mega snowflake. She is the best at everything. The most competitive. The most secretive. Coincidentally finds out she has friends in high places. Knows everyone who is a player on the field. Has all the right contacts. Is always at the right place 3 stars. It took me more determination than I care to admit to read every word and not start skimming. I just didn’t feel it as much as I did the 2 previous books. We all knew Kira was a super special snowflake, but turns out she is an uber extra super mega snowflake. She is the best at everything. The most competitive. The most secretive. Coincidentally finds out she has friends in high places. Knows everyone who is a player on the field. Has all the right contacts. Is always at the right place at the right time. Etc... it gets a bid old. On top of that she does a lot of this false modesty that is just annoying. It comes across as arrogant even though the author tries to cover it as humorous. Additionally, Kira often intents to keep a low profile to then create the biggest attention grabbing fuss ever. Very counter productive. We also get more information about Elena, who throughout the book is being used as a fix-all for a lot of issues. She is always doing something she isn’t supposed to and by doing so solving a problem or providing the exact right information. Also, for someone so important she is often left unsupervised or minimally protected. The other things that bothered me were the fact that the story didn’t really go anywhere, I didn’t see the point of a lot of things: The races as the setting for the whole book. why everyone ever mentioned in the previous books were there (what were their purposes)? The long side stories. The excessive explaining... I’m sorry I don’t mean to rant or be to negative. I am planning on reading the next book. I was just a little disappointed in the main characters and the overall story line. This one didn’t grab and enthral me as the previous two and Kira lost a little of her allure to me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Giorgia

    Why i finished it so soon 😭😭😭 junt an amazing serie. I really can't even stand the thought that we have to wait even more than a year for the next 💔💔 Why i finished it so soon 😭😭😭 junt an amazing serie. I really can't even stand the thought that we have to wait even more than a year for the next 💔💔

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Highly, highly, HIGHLY anticipated novel that DID NOT DISAPPOINT!!! **This series needs to be read in order, or you will be very confused. Start with Rules of Redemption by TA White. I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. The book is available 15 Dec 2020. This book is genius. Strong female heroine, action-packed adventure, made me laugh out loud writing, with a slow burn romance that is believable and well developed throughout the series. The relationships and friendships a Highly, highly, HIGHLY anticipated novel that DID NOT DISAPPOINT!!! **This series needs to be read in order, or you will be very confused. Start with Rules of Redemption by TA White. I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. The book is available 15 Dec 2020. This book is genius. Strong female heroine, action-packed adventure, made me laugh out loud writing, with a slow burn romance that is believable and well developed throughout the series. The relationships and friendships are complicated and relatable. When this book became available, I immediately dropped everything I was doing and eagerly jumped inside TA White's world. While the main character has good friends and lots of support, she is also very capable and independent. In this book in the series, you learn a lot about the mystery hinted at in books 1 and 2 and start to see how and why events occurred they way that they did. This leaves the reader in eager anticipation of where this ongoing war will lead. There is not one single boring scene in the entire book. It keeps you hooked, engaged, and ADDICTED. The background of the characters have been resolved and I am excited about where the future of these characters will go!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Setta Jay

    I'm OBSESSED with this series! I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy and you don't want to miss this if you've already started the series! Threshold of Annihilation is a fantastic continuation that answered so many questions and makes me want more and more of this world. It starts out where the second book left off and the bang gets even bigger. The entire book was awesome! I'm trying really hard not to spoil anything for those who haven't started the series. You definitely need to begin wi I'm OBSESSED with this series! I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy and you don't want to miss this if you've already started the series! Threshold of Annihilation is a fantastic continuation that answered so many questions and makes me want more and more of this world. It starts out where the second book left off and the bang gets even bigger. The entire book was awesome! I'm trying really hard not to spoil anything for those who haven't started the series. You definitely need to begin with Rules of Redemption, book one. This book and the entire series truly has everything I personally love. It has humor, mystery elements, action, awesome settings in an INCREDIBLE world, a powerful and awesome heroine, a sexy badass hero and secondary characters I can't get enough of. If you love a blend of science fiction, fantasy and slow burn romance with tons of steamy chemistry you may find yourself devouring these books as I have. Kira and Graydon are at the top of my all time favorite couple list, right up there with Eve and Roarke (In Death series by JD Robb). That said, another really cool thing for me is that Kira and Graydon are so incredibly awesome as individual characters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

    2020 the Year of the Brief Review and..."Has anyone tried flipping to the beginning of 2020 and choosing a different adventure?” —Unknown I must say it seems to be a bit pointless to review this book, if you at the third book in this series you are clearly addicted as I am. So, I will review my emotional wellbeing and thoughts after reading this book: 1) Resenting the hell out of life for forcing me to take three days to read this book, when I was more than prepared to do it in one sitting....So Po 2020 the Year of the Brief Review and..."Has anyone tried flipping to the beginning of 2020 and choosing a different adventure?” —Unknown I must say it seems to be a bit pointless to review this book, if you at the third book in this series you are clearly addicted as I am. So, I will review my emotional wellbeing and thoughts after reading this book: 1) Resenting the hell out of life for forcing me to take three days to read this book, when I was more than prepared to do it in one sitting....So Pox on you life, Pox on yo......Damn that already started at the beginning of this year 2) Feeling like [email protected] and book Hangover 3) Wishing the next book was here....Don't force my hand here TA 4) Secretly wishing TA White would give me a RH version of this book -Sorry, but I just love all the men in Kiara's life, I want them AAAALLL... 5)I so can see this a TV series...Move over Star Wars, the story was just so vivid and action packed. 6) Much wailing and gnashing of teeth ....It's finished, what do I do with my life now?? SIGH!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Treena

    Oh. My. God. That was soooo good. Can we get book 4 soon??? Pretty please and thank you! Going to do a re-read (again!) starting with book 1 after I post this. Sooo sooo sooooooooo awesome!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Penni

    4-1/2 *'s on this one. Can't wait to read the next! 4-1/2 *'s on this one. Can't wait to read the next!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    For some reason I thought this would be the final book in the series. I am not at all disappointed to find out this is not the case. Kira is the type of character I love reading - strong minded, stubborn, determined, and a kick*** fighter. The author teases us with just enough of Graydon & Kira together that when I get to the end of each book in The Firebird Chronicles I always want that little bit more. Elena adds some fun to the storyline in Threshold of Annihilation. She's so unpredictable, ba For some reason I thought this would be the final book in the series. I am not at all disappointed to find out this is not the case. Kira is the type of character I love reading - strong minded, stubborn, determined, and a kick*** fighter. The author teases us with just enough of Graydon & Kira together that when I get to the end of each book in The Firebird Chronicles I always want that little bit more. Elena adds some fun to the storyline in Threshold of Annihilation. She's so unpredictable, basically a mini Kira personality wise - with the influence of both Kira & Jin she was always going to be just a little devious. I just want to reread the whole series again now, now that the reader knows some of the secrets Kira has been keeping. Really enjoyed this instalment, looking forward to the next.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Sigerson

    ALL THE STARS This book was seriously BADASS! (In my head, that’s me channeling Kira talking to Joule in book 2.) Okay, if you’ve read my other reviews then you know I’m a bit of a fan girl for T.A. White’s books in general, but I especially love this series. It was actually my first sci-fi read and turned me onto the genre in general. (Though I haven’t found a lot of sci-fi books that come even close to how good this one is, I still keep trying.) The world building is really impressive and descri ALL THE STARS This book was seriously BADASS! (In my head, that’s me channeling Kira talking to Joule in book 2.) Okay, if you’ve read my other reviews then you know I’m a bit of a fan girl for T.A. White’s books in general, but I especially love this series. It was actually my first sci-fi read and turned me onto the genre in general. (Though I haven’t found a lot of sci-fi books that come even close to how good this one is, I still keep trying.) The world building is really impressive and described well without being too wordy. (I mean, she creates a whole competition full of games with detailed rules, etc and I personally can barely remember how to play Simon Says with my kids in real life.) The characters are flawed but in a realistic and likable way. The romance is progressing and I love Graydon. Since I’m a romance reader at heart, I enjoy that there’s a love interest but also like that it doesn’t overtake the overall story arc. I don’t want to give too much away about the actual storyline but I will say it’s as creative as expected, there’s no petty drama and you will be jonesing for the next book immediately. Also, a lot of the big questions I had from book 2 are answered in this one which I really appreciated because sometimes authors make you wait through a million books to get any answers at all and that drives me nuts.

  23. 5 out of 5

    M.A.SPRIGGS

    Another fantastic book I love this author and this series. As soon as you start reading you are swept up into another world of warriors, ancient enemies, and family. Well written with a fast paced storyline full of action packed scenes. Another amazing book, cannot wait for the next one. Highly recommend.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Noe

    If had to explain this book in one phrase: everything is not as it seems. If you haven’t started this series, you need to. Stellar characters, smart banter, complex plots, and badass action – what more can you want? I’m very happy with this book. I feel like I’m caught in a web that is slowly constricting and eventually all the possibilities will coalesce into an epic ending. This one set up a lot of interesting plot points for future books and focused on developing relationships between characte If had to explain this book in one phrase: everything is not as it seems. If you haven’t started this series, you need to. Stellar characters, smart banter, complex plots, and badass action – what more can you want? I’m very happy with this book. I feel like I’m caught in a web that is slowly constricting and eventually all the possibilities will coalesce into an epic ending. This one set up a lot of interesting plot points for future books and focused on developing relationships between characters as well as deepen our understanding of all of the players in this game. There was a lot of emotional growth and I can’t wait to see what happens next. That being said, I do wish Kira had more physical improvement with her ki. I really wanted to see her demolish her enemies with it, but I understand this takes time and I believe we will see this in the next book. Can’t wait for it!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mylan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thoroughly enjoyed this installation and loved being able to explore more of the Firebird world. Kira is, as always, hilariously reckless and fun, but also smart and super calculating when she needs to be. She's finally coming to realize she's found a place and people to call home, and I love that for her. I definitely don't think I've ever come across aliens quite like the Haldeel. They're these human-on-top and octupus (bug?? they have eight legs - prehensile limbs) body on the bottom that a I thoroughly enjoyed this installation and loved being able to explore more of the Firebird world. Kira is, as always, hilariously reckless and fun, but also smart and super calculating when she needs to be. She's finally coming to realize she's found a place and people to call home, and I love that for her. I definitely don't think I've ever come across aliens quite like the Haldeel. They're these human-on-top and octupus (bug?? they have eight legs - prehensile limbs) body on the bottom that are kind of terrifying to visualize. The introduction of other forms of communication was so interesting to consider. They use not only verbal communiation, but also hand gestures as well as empathic forms of communication, which would have been so interesting to see more of. It allows unique forms of communication to develop between the Haldeels themselves. I think it's so great that we finally get actual ALIENS too - something vastly different from humans (unlike the Tuann who are basically powered up humans with pointy ears and fun coloured eyes). Similar to the Tuann, the Haldeel are pretty ruthless in that they'll fight and kill to make their way to the top and become "royals", but unlike the Tuann they'll be really polite about it. In terms of pure fun, the introduction of different games was really great. I'm not sure I was able to visualize it properly, but even just the hoverboard race was so great. Culture is definitely a permeable thing, seen here with how the other species are beginning to learn how to participate in human-originating games. Just having these arcade like games shows that the world isn't just about being in war and fighting, it's also about competing just for the sake of it. As always, my favourite scenes are between Kira and Graydon and this time she wins a favour from him after playing one of the games. Can't wait to see how that will get used in future novels! Their relationship is finally building and there's finally a level of physical comfort between them, even if actual serious conversations that aren't just bantering are few and far between. My own issue with Graydon is that a lot of the alternative POV from him felt gratuitous. They were mainly to showcase Kira and at this point, it definitely seemed a little overdone to prove just how powerful and unique and special Kira is in a world full of interesting people. Take for instance, the private video diaries of Kira being shared unexpectedly. Kira already almost constantly references how awful her history is and I think it was a bit of a cop out to have Graydon find out more based on videos. It would have been so much more interesting to have Kira open up to him herself and to actively choose to share more of herself with him. However, I loved that she finally decided to trust him. I love how natural it feels to have Graydon reaching out to her, how she's beginning to accept that this relationship she's been pushing away can actually be good for her. It's actually frustrating that even once they hook up, they're barely in any scenes together or actively interacting. The fact of the matter is that even if Graydon has been able to observe her so much to the point of knowing the food she likes, they haven't actually just hung out together. Quiet scenes would have contrasted so well with the much more quick paced ones. And for once (!!) I would love it if they could actually have privacy together. I'll have to check out other TA White books to know if this is a pattern, but much like her Wayfarer's series, there are ALWAYS people around when the hero and heroine get together. It is just so awkward and strange to me that their so-called body guards are just standing around listening to everything. Bleh. My biggest complaint would be the fact that secondary characters didn't get much in the way of character development. Jin is, as always, my favourite character and though he's up to his usual fun shenanigans, I feel like he was somewhat neglected here. He gets some news that never is actually addressed, and unfortunately gets pretty much no character development. Jin's over-the-top response to certain things reveal more about his relationship to Kira, which was great, but I just wish he had more initiative and agency. My hope is we'll see him take more of a center stage moving forward because as much as I love Kira, I'd also love to see Jin come into his own instead of being her sidekick. Devon himself has changed a lot since book 1, and I would have enjoyed seeing more his thoughts or even just see him interacting with the Emperor. There was so much potential when all three of them were together, but I guess it's building up to something bigger in future installments. Overall, there's definitely a ton of moving parts in this story, and I'm so excited to see what comes next!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    Gripping Sci Fi This series just gets better and better. Once I started reading, it was so difficult to stop. I just wanted to read one more sentence, one more paragraph, one more page. I had to force myself to step away to eat and sleep. In this book, many of Kira’s secrets are exposed. We learn so much about her and her past and it’s fascinating. The information provided in this book wouldn’t have made sense without the slow world building of the first two books. This clearly demonstrates the ab Gripping Sci Fi This series just gets better and better. Once I started reading, it was so difficult to stop. I just wanted to read one more sentence, one more paragraph, one more page. I had to force myself to step away to eat and sleep. In this book, many of Kira’s secrets are exposed. We learn so much about her and her past and it’s fascinating. The information provided in this book wouldn’t have made sense without the slow world building of the first two books. This clearly demonstrates the ability of the author to carefully construct a story in the best possible way. The cliffhanger at the end of the second book is only the first of the many secrets that are revealed at a fast rate. We learn about Kira’s honorary niece and their relationship to each other, which is entertaining because they have very similar personalities. When Kira gets separated, through no real fault of her own, from Graydon and the rest of the Tuann, she has to find a way of keeping her niece safe and get back to the Tuann without risking either of them. In order to do that she decides they must go to the Quorum, the inter species games being held in Haldeel space and the only way in, is as a competitor. Kira dusts off an old identity and in they go. One of the things I love about this series is that Kira has lived quite a long time. She may be considered almost a child by Tuann standards but by human ones she has lived a very long and full life. During that time she has travelled around the universe meeting different people, learning new skills, making allies and enemies. All this history is gently woven into the plot and her character, as the author unveils another hidden morsel of Kira’s past. This author is incredibly skilled at plot construction. She has a deft hand in weaving hidden gems to earlier books that are revealed to be important later on. This way of weaving facts throughout the series is done exactly the same way with hidden facets of characters’ personalities. We meet characters and they gradually reveal themselves to the reader, keeping us guessing as to their motives and character traits. The world building continues to astound me, with more information about the society of the Tuann revealed and discovering all about the Haldeel, of whom we knew little before this book. So much thought has gone into how the societies are structured, and how that structure shapes the personalities of their race and how they interact with those outside their race. Basically I just love the way this author’s mind works. I find it fascinating and could read the books over and over again. I know I probably will!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Schwartz

    Soooo good! "The Firebird Chronicles" is one of my favourite scifi series; as enjoyable to re-read as on the first read of discovery. Excellent world building (and I love the new worlds for each book), engaging characters with well-developed, complicated relationships, loads of action and a plot that surprises and enthralls. "Threshold of Annihilation" is awesome! Soooo good! "The Firebird Chronicles" is one of my favourite scifi series; as enjoyable to re-read as on the first read of discovery. Excellent world building (and I love the new worlds for each book), engaging characters with well-developed, complicated relationships, loads of action and a plot that surprises and enthralls. "Threshold of Annihilation" is awesome!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mina

    Chill airplane read, but essentially nonsensical. - Anything the heroine does to take control lasts only for a moment before Big Daddy Boyfriend swoops in to take charge. This is very annoying. - This book sprouts secret reveals like a Spanish soap opera (with a Mary Sue). Secret reveals are nice when used sparingly, but this deluge makes one wonder, some of these OP badasses must be a real moron. Is it: A - the keeper of the secret, for letting them slip out with no rhyme or reason B - the pe Chill airplane read, but essentially nonsensical. - Anything the heroine does to take control lasts only for a moment before Big Daddy Boyfriend swoops in to take charge. This is very annoying. - This book sprouts secret reveals like a Spanish soap opera (with a Mary Sue). Secret reveals are nice when used sparingly, but this deluge makes one wonder, some of these OP badasses must be a real moron. Is it: A - the keeper of the secret, for letting them slip out with no rhyme or reason B - the person being the object of the secret, for not actually safeguarding the secret OR C - the person chasing the secret, for not finding it out sooner with these two incompetents OR D - the government. The big super-secretive backstabbing, OTP one? That one. - Unlike previous books, no plan of hers is actually that good (success via plot armour)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katka

    When when wheeen? 😅 I know. I KNOW it's only October 1st, but I need this book ASAP 😀😀 When when wheeen? 😅 I know. I KNOW it's only October 1st, but I need this book ASAP 😀😀

  30. 5 out of 5

    Annie girl

    Young Adult book... of course it ends with the old enemy coming back. No doubt so much more powerful than before. I’m sure our heroine is the only one who can single handedly win the war again... because of course remember fucking Rothschild.. where she annihilated an entire planet and sent the age old enemies fleeing. Of course.... {My initial feedback with this book at 13%I’m struggling to get into this book. How has this book got such a high rating? It’s boring and Kira is always so good at e Young Adult book... of course it ends with the old enemy coming back. No doubt so much more powerful than before. I’m sure our heroine is the only one who can single handedly win the war again... because of course remember fucking Rothschild.. where she annihilated an entire planet and sent the age old enemies fleeing. Of course.... {My initial feedback with this book at 13%I’m struggling to get into this book. How has this book got such a high rating? It’s boring and Kira is always so good at everything. How do you let a 13 year old rule your choices. I’m getting bored at the thought of reading about the races at only 13%.} Got to the end. Thank Goodness! Thankfully the book does not focus on the races!!! But I would class this book as a young adult book. Too many secrets, plot twists and way too much detail in the world building. World Building: is detailed but feels dreary. To the extent the author felt the need to explain a could be romance with Jace.... like I cared? You can barely explain the romance in this story so why introduce another possibility. FFS! Plot: the secrets are getting boring and honestly it’s repetitive. If another bloody secret is mentioned I might throw this book. Romance: doesn’t exist in this. The hero if you might call him that...is sidelined to a one night stand. A lot bloody smirking from him. Annoying parts to the book: You are introduced to the emperor and JIN finally finds out who his father is but that’s completely brushed to one side. Nothing mentioned about it... secrets and to be honest it’s shit. Fucking 43: Same.... if the Tuaan love their kids what’s with the 43 and their fears. The 43 sounds like a god awful bunch of twats. They didn’t support or rescue anyone but themselves. What’s the justification for them? Can I predict the next book ... they come to the rescue from yee old enemy by displaying hugely unique and terrifying abilities never seen before? Maybe they’ll turn by the fifth book? Who the fuck cares... Do they become like the “masters of the universe” we have yet to be told about. Plays ominous music at this point. The spoilt shit: I honestly felt sick to death of Elena, the completely spoilt brat allowed to do whatever she wants and it’s cute because she gets away with it. Why? Our heroine allows a 13 year old to get off the planet and then spins it into the story as something good. She wants to go to the quorum so what’s the point of this?? To introduce the wave board races that have no point whatsoever .... something amazing that our heroine is so bloody fucking good at? The hardest part to deal with it, is that she calls Elise, “mother” but the father who knew nothing about her existence “sperm donor”. Does anyone else think that’s bloody awful. The woman who gave birth to her and gives her away is treated with more kindness than the father who is devastated by the secrets is treated like shit. Heroine: I want to slap her silly by the end of the book. Is there anything that our heroine cannot do? Bad ass but to the point of stupidity. All because of these awful secrets. Who the fuck cares about these secrets. Let me guess... the next book she will be the emperor’s long lost sister cousin so she has more powers than him. The most powerful Tuaan. So far she seems to be more almighty than any other person in existence.

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