The Sundering (The Swarm Trilogy #3) by Megg Jensen
Book Three in The Swarm Trilogy
After defeating the Malborn and losing the person she loved most, Lianne escapes to Chase's homeland. With her appearance forever marked by death, Lianne feels like a monster both on the outside and the inside. She retreats into herself, fearful of what she's become.
But she can't hide forever.
The Malborn, damaged but not broken, send a deadly message to Lianne. They are coming for her and now she's brought danger to a peaceful land that believed they'd driven the Malborn from their shores forever. Lianne must force herself to trust again and make the ultimate sacrifice to save everyone she loves. In a world ruled by whoever harnesses the most powerful magic, no one can be trusted – no one is safe
The Malborne's have retreated and the Dalagans have taken Lianne in. After her experiences she has become very withdrawn, depressed and suicidal. But Chase still refuses to leave her side. Over some time Chase is able to talk her into really looking at herself and see how pretty and strong that she is. When she begins to come out of her funk she finds passion in horses. She chooses to ride more dangerously than Chase would like, but at least she is feeling alive again.
Reychel (our lovely heroine from a past series by Megg Jensen) is part of the council and Lianne has to convince them to side with her. They tell Reychel one of her visions about finding the one with the "clear mind" that she must locate. Lianne states that because things are being kept from her is the reason why she keeps causing so much damage. that if people were truthful with her than all the mistakes could have been saved.
"find the one who's mind is clear" is what the goddess keeps telling her. "use the dagger, kill them all" but Lianne says she cannot do that, she wants peace.
I was very happy to see Reychel show up in this companion series. She was amazing in her own books and I am happy to see how she can help Lianne in her struggles to make peace among the people.
There is magic, death, travel and defiance. There is very little down time in her books, always something new happening and travels through lands, kingdoms and meeting people along the way. I find her books extremely enjoyable and recommend these to lovers of teen fantasy readers.