Saturday Series: Borrowed Ember (Fire Spirits #3) by Samantha Young

Third book for my Saturday Series. Today I'm reviewing Borrowed Ember by Samantha Young. Next week the fourth book in the series, Darkness Kindled, will be released. I do recommend reading the other books first, before reading this review as it contains spoilers if you haven't read the first two books. To keep up with these Saturday Series, click the following links for those reviews: Smokeless Fire and Scorched Skies.
Everything in Ari’s life until this point has been borrowed.
Her human life with a man who wasn't her real father.
A love for a boy who needed more than her to be strong.
Kisses with a Jinn who refused to do anything but lend them out in moments of weakness.
And even her resolve, which seemed to fail her whenever she needed it most.

But Ari is done borrowing. She finally feels strong enough to make hunting Jinn not just a hobby to get her through her dismal situation, but to make hunting a permanent and necessary career. Her friendship with Charlie might finally make it onto real and steady ground if only she can save him from the trial on Mount Qaf. And her love for Jai could be eternal, if only she could gain control over the darkness of the Seal within her.

Ari believes all of this is doable. That finally she will truly own the relationships in her life and to a certain extent have ownership over her future.

But none of that matters when it isn't up to her…

…For high in the emerald mountains of Mount Qaf, the Sultan Azazil has been keeping secrets.
Even from the Jinn Kings.
Secrets that will change everything… and bring Ari to the crashing realization that once again… she’s borrowed something that will never truly belong to her.

Something that is desperate to be unleashed.
Something that could destroy them all.


I'm slightly disappointed in this book. It feels like always the same is happening and it's all moving very slowly. Charlie keeps getting more and more in trouble, he's also still conflicted about his feelings between Ari and Fallon. Plus he's absolutely being selfish and I really don't like the guy.

Ari is having trouble with keeping control over the seal, feeling it keeps growing stronger. Still somehow that isn't really translating of the pages. There are indeed moments when her emotions are really high and then the seal really shows, but otherwise it's not convincing me. Also Ari wants to take control in her own hands, not wanting to be saved all the time, wanting to hunt bad Jinns, having that purpose in life, but she still comes over and behaves like a victim. I had hoped she would have gotten a stronger personality, but she's a puppet for everyone, behaving exactly how they want it.

Jai is still the sweetest guy ever. He finally dares to open up, we get more insight in what he's thinking and feeling. There are even some scenes where it starts to get all hot and heavy between him and Ari, before Mrs. Maggie interrupts. Unfortunately he still stays a bit in the background. He's foremost Ari's protector and an excellent fighter, all the rest comes second. I know he's a man of few words, but his opinion and personality should have the opportunity to shine a bit more.

I can't say much about the story without giving away spoilers, but overall I'm wondering if this was really all? There is this feeling for me that there should be more. Some side characters have these big personalities that draw your attention, while somehow the main characters start fading towards the background, when it should be the opposite. Samantha Young has created this wonderful world of Jinns, but I feel she's not using the full potential of that world. I'm really hoping the fourth installment will bring some more excitement.

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