Faith Hunter’s Host is the third book in the Rogue Mage trilogy. Like its predecessors, Bloodring and Seraphs, Host is full of intense action that will keep the reader engaged. Actually, it is probably more action packed than the first two combined, but it’s done well and the story itself does not get left behind. As with a good trilogy, in the final book, the fighting comes to a head and questions are answered and other things are found.
The Rogue Mage trilogy is a post-apocalyptic tale that follows neomage Thorn St. Croix. Hunter creates a rich, in depth world where most of earth’s population was killed off by plagues, an Ice age, and what have you—a apocalypse of biblical proportions, that includes the reemergence of Seraphs (angels) and Darkness into the world. The background is very complex and takes three books to completely flesh out, so I won’t get too deep into it here, but suffice to say that it is intriguing and multifaceted.
Thorn is an isolated neomage living in Mineral City, North Carolina. Throughout the series, the reader learns that she was smuggled out of the Enclave of mages (where most mages live) because she has the unfortunate ability to hear other mages’ thoughts, which nearly drove her mad. Now, she lives in a small town, away from any other mages. At first, she kept her powers a secret from all those around her, but events in the first two books out her and through many trials and tribulations she becomes the “town mage.”
In Host, a Darkness in the form of a dragon threatens not only the town of Mineral City, but threatens to bring the End of Days to all of creation. Thorn and her entourage of friends, benevolent beings, and possibly future foes battle to save the town and humanity’s entire existence. Along the way, Thorn faces betrayal, sacrifice, and many other obstacles that make for a dynamic story.
The Rogue Mage trilogy is a good, action-packed, post-apocalyptic story. It is unique and entertaining. There are still questions left at the end of Host, but I still felt satisfied by the answers that were given.