Synopsis (from the author):
It has been just over three years since Xenya became queen of Aemonsha. Things are progressing within the kingdom, but there is still unrest. Xenya is hopeful that a new school curriculum will help the next generations understand and follow the leadership of the First House.
Maevan and Raikar are happily married and closer than ever. The only thing more they could wish for is some privacy! Meirei couldn’t be happier ruling the Second House with Coran by her side and her best friend Kolton as head of security. Although, after three years, the two men are still unsure of each other. Korla and Jorgan are on the brink of wedded bliss and join Renna and Kai, who reunite happily after three long years when plans to visit Coran and Rei turn into an unexpected side trip.
While everything appears happy and near to perfect, danger is lurking under the surface. The unrest seems to be growing through seemingly unnatural means. Will the family be able to unearth who is behind the unruly citizens and remain strong when tragedy strikes?
What I liked about The Peacock in Summer:
As with the first two books, I enjoyed how the characters grew as they aged. Xenya is a good character with a nice devious side. Maevan and Raikar continue to irritate each other (in a good way) and Maevan’s sisters are growing into formidable women. Lots of intrigue and subplots make this an entertaining book, though I’m not sure how I liked the cliffhanger ending!
What I didn’t like about The Peacock in Summer:
While there wasn’t as much blushing in this book, Korla’s constant interference with Renna’s romance got a bit repetitive. Other than that, nothing to complain about.
Overall impression of The Peacock in Summer:
I enjoyed The Peacock in Summer! Familiar characters, romance, intrigue, and a cliffhanger ending (not sure I liked it), made this an excellent read. If you enjoy fantasy, read this series!
4.5 stars (rounded to 5 stars)